How to create an awesome birthday party for your 7-year-old

How to create an awesome birthday party for your 7-year-old

How to create an awesome birthday party for your 7 year old

Your child’s 7th birthday party is an important event because not only is this special occasion wholly about them, but 7 is around the age where your child starts to create long-term memories and hold onto them for years to come. So, let’s make this party a one to remember! Below are some tips on how to create an awesome birthday party for your 7-year-old.

The venue

The first question to ask is whether you want to have the party at home or in another location. If the thought of children running around your home raises your blood pressure, then investigate into places that allow you to hire their facilities for the party. Venues like local halls, churches and some schools may permit you to rent the room out for a few hours at the weekend or entertainment venues, like soft play centres normally offer a party package, so check out their websites or give them a call to find out what is on offer.

If you’re looking to save money on the venue then you can either have the party at home or, if the weather permits, take the party outside and enjoy a picnic in the park. But, as the weather can be quite unpredictable, ensure you have a backup plan ready to hand, like a marquee that you can put up at the drop of a hat or take the party back to your place to enjoy the rest of the occasion.


Also, having a joint party can also mean that you’re sharing the cost of the party too, so this may be a wonderful way to save money.

Invitations

7th birthday party invitation

I always buy and personalise my sons’ birthday cards from eBay (Kenzie’s Cards are my favourite, I have been using them for years), but you can grab a template from Word and just print out your own. Also, as we live in an age where technology is everywhere, you can save the trees and email your invites to the guests, but make sure that the parents will receive the invite and RSVP early enough to the party.

Entertainment

Michelle MA Events setting up the canvas bags for the Pokemon Lego party

There are tons of party games and packages that will keep your 7-year-old buzzing with delight and young birthday girls and boys are generally quite forgiving at this age, if everyone is having fun. But, to make the party a truly memorable occasion, create a theme (perhaps based on your child’s favourite character or TV show) and hire an entertainer that will supply the specific entertainment based around that theme. For example, my eldest is obsessed with Pokémon and so, for his 7th birthday party back in December, we hired Michelle from MA Events, who provides Pokémon Lego themed parties (as well as other themes for professional events, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s, weddings, corporate parties and other services. Check out Michelle’s website here for more details on her services). Michelle provided the following Pokémon Lego themed entertainment:

  • Michelle arrived early to set up the activities and got the party started with some music before the guests arrived
  • The activities included a blank canvas bag, which the guests designed and personalised in their own unique Pokémon style, using the colouring pens and pencils provided by Michelle

Designing the blank canvas bag - MA Events

  • There was a little competition after the canvas bag activity where the birthday child got to judge whose bag was the best

Canvas bag competition - MA Events

Personalilsed canvas bags

  • During the second activity, the birthday child picked two groups and each group worked together to create a Pokémon-style creation out of the Lego provided. This is a great activity that encourages the children to work together and pool their ideas to invent something from scratch out of Lego.

Lego team building

  • The canvas bags and an additional bag with a small box of Lego became the party bag gifts for each guest to take home.
  • The activity section lasted about an hour and then the children went off to eat their food, while Michelle packed everything away.

The Pokémon Lego party theme was a huge hit with both the kids and parents and my son is still talking about the great party he had months later.

For more information on the Pokémon Lego party entertainment and Michelle’s other services, call 07957 581 341 or email michelle@maevents.co.uk.

Food

Pikachu cake and Pokemon party supplies

I always make my birthday cakes from scratch, partly because I’m crazy, but also because the boys beg me every year to make it. But, you don’t have to make your own cakes. Head over to the supermarket stores and you can find a themed birthday cake for as little as £10. Or, google ‘birthday cakes’ and your location and you’ll find local cake makers who can take your child’s birthday cake to another level!

Pokemon party supplies

The party food can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. I always make veggie trains, but they rarely get eaten at parties. I found fruit kebabs were the most popular and, of course, sandwiches and crisps. To be honest, food should be simple because the kids at this age won’t care if you’ve made fresh homemade sweet potato muffins or bought fairy cakes from the local store. As long as they can eat the food quickly and then go play afterwards, that is all that matters. Some ideas for party food can be:

  • Various kinds of sandwiches – I generally use the following fillings: Nutella, cheese and tomato, and tuna and sweetcorn. You can go one further and cut the sandwiches out into desired shapes if you have the cutters to hand
  • Fruit kebabs as mentioned above, using fruits like grapes, strawberries, apples, and bananas

Party food

  • Veggie trains are literally just bell peppers with the tops cut off, with little veggie sticks, like carrots, cucumbers, and celery placed inside the ‘train’. Include some lettuce at the bottom to mimic grass and make the wheels out of cucumbers (stuck to the sides of the bell peppers with cocktail sticks) and supply some dips like yoghurt sauce and hummus.
  • Crisps and biscuits are great to have around to grab and go, or you could add them to a large bowl and let the fingers dip in.

Cake and food table

  • For drinks, I always provide jars of squash and little bottles of water to the guests. The grown-ups get fizzy drinks at the side and large bottles of water

Pokemon themed party food

Birthday boy and Pokemon party supplies

Going home time

Adding a time when the party will finish will help people know when to leave. Generally, around this age, 1 ½ to 2 hours is a good length of time. It is normally expected that every child goes home with a party bag, so try to keep the gifts simple. Some entertainers like Michelle from MA Events offer the canvas bags that the kids created during the party, as well as little boxes of Lego as going home gifts. You can also add additional treats like a piece of the birthday cake wrapped in a napkin and a small gift, like stickers, bubbles or crayons – maybe even a small book if your budget can stretch that far.

Whatever you decide to do on your child’s birthday party, remember that the occasion is meant to be a fun party, first and foremost. Don’t get too hung up on the organising and just ensure that you’ve covered all the basics first, like securing the venue and entertainment. Then make sure everyone gets an invite, so they know where to go and what time the party starts and ends. During the party, ensure that all the guests are adequately fed, the kids are well entertained and they all go home with a lovely gift at the end. That’s it. At this age, I can ensure you that if the guests are having fun, that’s all that counts.

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/