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A Birthday Party away from Home : Checklist

So you are having a birthday party at a venue. There was just not enough space at home or the thought of having a bunch of marauding kids and accompanying parents in your home was just too much to bear. Fair enough.

So you’ve booked a venue and have loaded up the car ready to drive off for your party.




Before you put that key in the ignition and drive away make sure you have the following things:


  • Matches or lighter ( I can’t count how many times I’ve witnessed blind panic as parents realise they’ve nothing to light the birthday cake with. Not many people smoke these days, so do come prepared)
  • The venue’s caretaker’s contact number ( in case of problems accessing the venue)
  • Your door keys ( Easy to forget in the fuss to pack stuff for the party. It’s all good until you can’t get back in the house… )
  • A list of guests and contact phone numbers of the parents in case of emergencies
  • Your phone ( fully charged)
  • Batteries for any camera/phone/ camcorder
  • Entertainer‘s mobile phone number ( if using entertainment services)
  • Checkbook or cash to pay the entertainer ( if using entertainment services)
  • Tablewear ( plenty of cups /plates/ paper napkins/ tablecloths)
  • Decorations (banners/bunting/balloons) and sticky tape or blue tack
  • Party bags or going away gifts
  • Food and drink for the guests
  • Drink for the parents ( if you are serving wine, don’t forget the corkscrew!)
  • Music player
  • If organising your own games, sweets for prizes.
  • The Birthday Cake with candles
  • Black rubbish bags for clearing up
  • A small first aid kit just in case ( try packing some arnica cream for bumps, plasters, cotton wool and antiseptic, maybe some sting relief for outdoor parties)
  • A toilet roll ( just in case!)
  • Pass the parcel ( if you are playing it)

So, it’s all packed,  now off you go! Have fun like these children did !


Happy children at a birthday party

Diane's Puppets meets Waybaloo

Let them eat cake

Marie Antoinette’s famous words apparently, or not as it happens. She was misquoted I’ve heard. But still, it is an interesting story nevertheless.

But these words could be referring to a children’s birthday party, after all the birthday cake is the highlight of any party.

How many times have I seen wonderful creations of birthday cakes at parties, festooned with sweets, sugar glitter and icing decorations , sang over  , dribbled over ( as the birthday child attempts sweetly to douse the flames with spittle, it isn’t easy to blow when you’re little!) and cut up into little portions to share out , only to be left  intact on the plate with maybe just the sweeties or the icing nibbled. What a waste of lovely cake. I do find the latest fashion of cup cake towers or trays instead of a birthday cake a very practical alternative. Maybe have a smaller token cake to blow on , and then serve cupcakes? This saves on cutting time and having to throw away plates full of untouched slices of cake.

On the untouched food note, a good tip is to consider hosting a lunchtime party rather than  the traditional tea party, where countless sandwiches are overlooked while hula hoops and sweets are scoffed.  At lunchtime most children are hungry and will appreciate a simple lunch of pasta and tomato sauce, pizza, shepherds pie and peas, or even little hotdogs , fries and burgers. Trust me, very little will be wasted and it takes far less time to prepare.

Back to the cake front, if I come to your party, please DO NOT OFFER ME CAKE. I may not be able to decline it if you do.

I love cake but it is an occupational hazard for me.

Especially chocolate cake.


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