Tips for children’s birthday parties
by Dalia Kassis, director, Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Choosing a venue:
Nothing beats Home Sweet Home when throwing a party for the littlies! That is the place where they are most comfortable and secure, which is very important for them to enjoy the day. Not to mention, their bed is close by in case they need to nap immediately before or after the party. Backyard parties are the most memorable and personal for the under 5’s and can be themed just as beautifully as any venue. If having the party at your home is not an option (due to size etc) then the local park is also a great alternative (on a sunny day!)
Lolly buffets are the IN THING at the moment – so why not join in the hype? They can be visually stunning and impress both kids and adults…not mention extremely yummy! You can DIY by hiring props from places like Tiny Tots Toy Hire who specialise in props for kids parties or if you have the budget, you can hire a professional such as Sophisticated Yumbased in Sydney. Seeing that there will be plenty of lollies and desserts (think colour coordinated lollies, cake pops, push pops, macarons, themed cookies) to eat at the end of the party and take home, it’s best to keep lunch/afternoon tea on the healthy side. Individual lunch boxes are a great idea, and can include things like sushi, sandwiches, cheese sticks, fruit skewer/containers etc. Lastly, hire some kids’ tables and chairs that not only look super sweet in the photos but kids love having their own special table to sit at with their friends.
Little ones under 3 don’t have the attention span to enjoy overly long or complicated party games. A lot of them are also scared of party entertainers such as clowns, characters etc. There’s nothing worse than the boy or birthday girl having a melt down at their own party! So you’re better off providing them with a little play area where they can do their thing with their little buddies without pressure or strange faces. You can’t go wrong with hiring some large outdoor toys for the weekend. Things like ball pits for the under 3’s are extremely popular, along with slides, ride-on cars and seesaws. You will be surprised how it will keep them entertained for hours, so the parents can actually enjoy themselves too!
Sticking to a budget:
With so much available to us these days and so many tempting hard to resist choices, sticking to a budget is harder than ever! Here are some tips:
1. Make sure you have the RSVP’s at least one week before the party to minimise wastage in terms of food, party bags etc.
2. Write down exactly what food you will serve and the quantity needed.
3. If you are a keen baker (and you don’t have to be very good as it’s made with love!) bake the birthday cake yourself or cheat by buying the cake and decorating it yourself – shhh no one needs to know!
4. Don’t go overboard with expensive jumping castles, professional entertainment and complex party games for the under 2’s as they can get overwhelmed and not enjoy it. Hiring a few toys to place in your home or a local party, is more than enough to keep them and their little buddies entertained for hours!
For further information or for toy and prop hire prices visit http://www.tinytotstoyhire.com.au or www.facebook.com/toyhire
Dalia Kassis is the director of Tiny Tots Toy Hire. She acquired and re-branded an existing children’s toy hire business (whilst searching for entertainment for her son’s 1st birthday party) in 2009 to make Tiny Tots Toy Hire what it is today.
In just three years, Dalia has swiftly grown Tiny Tots Toy Hire to offer Sydney’s largest and best range of high quality toys, theming props and party essentials for hire. She continues to expand the range of toys and props as the business itself expands to meet the growing demand from Sydney families and corporate clients. Dalia enjoys the interaction with her new and existing customers and ensures each and every one of them is satisfied and happy with the service her company provides.
With a genuine love for parties, toys and props, Dalia brings her combination of event management, psychology and business skills to Tiny Tots Toy Hire. She is passionate about being a one stop shop to help other mums and dads put on a great birthday party for their child.
Prior to running her own business, Dalia worked in various Event Management roles where she was responsible for increasing event revenue, managing teams, and developing relationships with key sponsors, clients and suppliers. She has a proven track record in event planning and project management and knows the importance of working to a budget when organising any event while delivering the all-important WOW factor.
Her business is currently a Finalist in the What’s On 4 Australia 2012 Junior Awards “Best Party Supplier for Children” category (winners announced 15 June 2012).
In her spare time, Dalia loves spending quality time with her husband and two gorgeous children aged four and two.
Dalia holds a BA (Psychology) at Sydney University and an Event Management Diploma.