Aage group: (4 – 15 years)
December 2017. I went to one of my close friend’s son’s birthday party. My son was also going to turn 7 in February. She threw a fantastic, extravagant party at ‘Teeny Town’ ( a kids indoor party place).
My mind started racing as to what I am gonna do for Kabir’s Birthday. As I told you before, I am one of those finicky moms who want to plan something out of the blue and surprise our kids.
The thing is Kabir had always celebrated his birthdays with family or kids of family friends. This time he really wanted to invite his school friends. I was scandalised. I am one of those moms who only have a courteous hi, hello kind of relationship with son’s school friends’ moms. To host a party with so many kids along with their parents horrified me. Not the expense or food, but making small talk with other parents just no no no. I shared my dilemma with another friend of mine at the above mentioned party.
She gave me a brilliant idea. Just superb. Made my day. Thank you Vidhi!. She told me that you can simply invite the kids and not the parents. I started planning Feb’s birthday then and there. 2 months in advance.
Now, the theme. My kid is not a sporty kind of person. He is more into science and books, but mind you, he is not nerdy either. He plays guitar (and very well too), has won taekwondo championships and loves to exercise with us. Just no sports with a peer group. So, I thought why not throw a science party.
Once the theme was finalised, I decided to ask other parents whether they will be willing to send their kids alone or not. If I were in their place, I would have been hesitant too. After all, it was the first of a kind party. Earlier there were usual, parties in a banquet hall, kind of birthdays. Also, as I mentioned before, I was not exactly a social and friendly type of mom.
So, before starting elaborate planning, I asked all the moms on whatsapp group, if they would send kids at my home for his birthday. Home = safety plus there will be enough adult supervision. Thankfully, 90 percent of them agreed.
Then, I had to convince the kids, so that they could drive their mothers mad to send them to Kabir’s party. Hell yeah!! This is going to be one awesome partayy!!
I started planning the invites and briefed moms over the phone as to what kind of experience the kids will be having. Then we made a Junior scientist invite. Then I also made ID badges for all the kids in his class, complete with thread to hang it around the neck. I made handmade envelopes with kabir’s help and put the printed invitation along with the ID badge in it, and kabir invited his friends 2 weeks before the party. Now, the inviting part was done. I would just have to remind the mothers 2 days before the event and send them my home location and done.
Just a tip: if you are planning to invite kids alone, make sure the party is not more than 2, 2 n half hour. Firstly, where will the parent hang out for this much time? He has to come pick up again. Luckily I had a mall near my place,, so most of the moms formed groups and had a gala time without the kids. Secondly, it’s difficult to handle so many kids even with help. Hail their teachers.
Now, comes the execution part.
I called a third party, who on a nominal price, arranged some mad science workshops and activities, which included slime and dry ice. I even had three 2 year olds who also participated in somewhat similar activities. Then the main attraction was a giant soap bubble in which a complete person can stand. To this day, Kabir gets compliments about this successful party. To be frank, None of my other themes match up to the level of this party, till date.
The great thing about hiring a third party is, they bring all the equipments and materials. And you don’t need to worry about it.
The slime they made, was given to each kid as a small party favor. I had arranged for return gifts as well. But then, one of my friends told me that her daughter doesn’t accept any birthday gifts, so she doesn’t even give away return gifts, small party favours like the slime do the needful. But then again, its one’s personal choice.
For the food I served, please click here.
For decor, I went all out. Everything homemade. I made a huge cutout of EInstein, with the face hollowed out, so it served the purpose of a photo booth. Then, I made a biometrics scanner on a chart paper and pasted it in the elevator. Kids had fun scanning (kids have great imagination) their ID card (given in the invite) , while coming up in the elevator. Apart from these, I made a huge banner with ‘Happy Birthday Kabir’ written on it, with astronauts and moon drawn on it. This I made online and got it printed on a cloth banner with a nominal cost of Rs 700.
Then, I made small cardboard cutouts of test tubes, flasks, molecules etc to paste all over the room.
The main expense where I could have managed a little better was sitting arrangement. I rented small chairs and tables for kids from the local tent wala. Although a little costly, they made all the difference to the party. Otherwise kids would be jumping around on the sofa and tables. And believe me, kids this age are very feisty.
You have so many options for return gifts. I gave them all a S.T.E.M. project game in which they had to build a cardboard rocket which would fly up upon applying pressure.
The party was a huge hit. In the end, kids danced like crazy. My son got fever on the morning of his birthday, but his spirits didn’t dampen and he enjoyed his friends company more than the experiments.