Birthday party tips and tricks

Make your child’s birthday party a simple success with these clever ideas and tips from the Kidspot community.

Leisa Shields

“I’m planning my daughter’s 4th birthday party, we’re having it in a park. It’s going to be a teddy bear picnic party. All kids will be asked to bring their favourite teddy bear or soft toy. So many ideas stem from this, like teddy bear’s having their own picnic, a goodie hunt in the park, a piñata on a tree, etc. For four year olds, the park is the best place for them to run around, get fresh air and party all in one. ”

Natalie Cossar

“My mum “invented” jelly oranges 25 years ago. The kids would love coming to our parties in particular and eating the jelly oranges. Made by cutting the oranges in half, scooping out the flesh and pouring in jelly, letting them set in the fridge then cutting into wedges. My daughter’s first birthday is coming up and she will be having “Nanna’s Jelly Oranges” at her party too!! It isn’t a real birthday party unless there are jelly oranges!”

Simone Hepton

“Hire toys for your party! It’s cheap and for the first couple of birthdays, even though we might want to organise lots of games, they just want to play. It’s less stressful and everyone has a good time!”

Jodie Gamble

“My best birthday party tip is to make good use of local hire places and toy libraries. Use your local toy library to hire a party pack, complete with play equipment to amuse the older kids. For the younger kids we hired an enormous play pen for the day from a local baby shop – the best $15 we ever spent!”

Rachel Armstrong

“I have always rigged my pass the parcel games so that I can customise the presents for each child and it helps the adults playing to know who is coming up next and make sure that child is actively involved in the game at that stage for their turn. This works really well if you have a mix of kids, and the same toy or present can make the game a bit boring.”

Benoni Henderson

“My best party tip would have to be not to have it running over a sleep time!!!!!”

Anne Seymour

“Make birthday bon bons, with things like matchbox cars for boys and hair ribbons for girls. You can also get the kids to help make them in the colours to match the party. Everyone leaves with a little gift.”

Johneen Reeves

“Every year we make birthdays a big deal because of the milestones that have been reached. I have now had 14 birthday parties with my kids and after attending many others (too many to count) this is the best advice I can give.

By keeping numbers down to a manageable 6-8 kids :

  • You’re children will not be overwhelmed on the day and will get to see and play with all the birthday guests.
  • They will learn the value of good friendship especially when they explain why they want those six children there.
  • It makes it so much more affordable to do a quality party with great food.
  • Games are easy to manage due to short attention spans and prizes can be of a better quality.
  • You’re able to engage longer with parents and find out about their family.
  • You can store all the food you will need in the fridge without having to hire that mobile fridge unit.
  • It’s all about having fun, getting amongst it and making it a day for them to remember. I love them!”

Paula Smith

“My tip is to keep kids parties short and simple! Go back to basics with the party food, and sneak in some healthy choices disguised with fun! For example, balls of different melons, funny fruit and vege biscuit faces, oven baked sweet potato chips, and sugar free lollies and soft drinks. Party bags can have a craft item and a box of sultanas, and a few sugarfree lollies of course!”

Anita Dovell

“The most successful kid’s party I have hosted so far is a combined football party for two age groups. It does not matter how many kids are invited, we have had over forty kids attend. Equally divide the different age groups and at the end of every quarter, have them come and grab something to eat, ie; sausages in bread and a drink, then sweets and lollies and last of all THE BIRTHDAY CAKE. It’s a great day and we have done this for two years now and kids look forward to the party. ”


Find More


  1. kymmage 30/08/2018 at 6:00 pm

    I never would have thought of using a toy library for things to play on and with! What a great idea. The jelly oranges sound magic too. Yum!!

  2. Jen_Wiig 27/08/2018 at 2:39 pm

    these mummas are saints!!! i dont know i could handle hosting a party at home but these tips are so relevant and real its great..not just some random party designer who hasnt got a single child to his or her name. I loved the Jelly oranges idea…im just going to make those because thats the coolest idea ever!!! also the using toy library another very very clever savvy idea…sooo much cheaper than a bouncy castle hire or going to a playground place

  3. dawnblyth 27/08/2018 at 12:57 pm

    Quite timely as I start to think about Master 9’s 10th birthday. He initially wanted 11 people to come over – we have gotten the list down to 5. I think too many people is hard work for all involved.
    I have always wondered how jelly oranges were made and now it all makes sense, so thanks for sharing that tip!
    I have never done huge parties – but I like these ideas above and might try a couple when it comes to Master 3’s next birthday 🙂

  4. Mands1980 22/08/2018 at 5:33 pm

    I love the idea of jelly oranges I have never actually heard of them but sound so easy to do. Short and simple is the key and do the basic food that kids love some saveloys and sauce, fruit kebabs with the odd marshmallow, cake of course homemade or bought it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day so whatever you have the time to do.

  5. Bevik1971 21/08/2018 at 4:04 pm

    Jelly oranges!! 🙂 I might give them a go 🙂 I like to keep birthdays really simple as in go out for lunch/dinner with about 2 or 3 of my daughters close friends. We also have a small party at home with family

  6. MuddledUpMolly 20/08/2018 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, so many great tips!! I like how these tips are tried and tested and have come from people that have experienced the world of party planning 🙂 I didn’t however like the tip about cars for boys and hairclips for girls. Why not cars for all the kids? My daughter loves cars and would be feeling pretty ripped off if her peers ended up with a cool toy car and she had a hairclip 😛

Leave A Comment