Remember birthday parties when you were a kid; sitting around a table at home with your friends, eating sandwiches and cakes with gooey icing, playing pin the tail on a donkey and pass the parcel.  Why not do a good old fashioned party for your child’s birthday party this year.  Add in jumping castles and you are the “Best Mom in the World”.

Draw on your memories and what you loved and work a theme around these memories.

Let your child or children design and create the party invitations.  Look around your home for those bits and pieces you have tucked away for a rainy day.  Use up those scraps of material, ribbons and wedding favours – anything goes.  If you are not a hoarder then visit your local craft shop for scrap booking items, stickers and glitter.  Create pictures on your computer and let them go to town.  This is also a fun way to create the décor for the party.

Set your table according to your theme and make sure that every child is aware that sitting at the table is all part of the party theme.  The trouble is keeping them engaged for more than 5 minutes, so get your thinking cap on and give them something they can create.  One good idea is to let them decorate their own party hats or cover the table with white paper and let them doodle all over the table cloth (such fun and something that’s not allowed at home).

Once the “tea” is over, it is time for games.  Make sure that your games are age related and that you have a small gift for the winner.  Kids still love the old fashioned games, but instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, if you are having a princess or pirate event – let them pin the crown or hat on the princess or pirate.

Children have a small attention span so do not plan too many games and once the attention span is gone let them loose to jump to their hearts content on the jumping castles.