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The Ultimate Kids' Birthday Party Checklist

The Ultimate kids' Birthday Party Checklist - Party Expert
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What to Do & Buy for Your Next Celebration

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. You get to spend the day with your friends, family, and favourite people. You might go out to eat, or stay in and cook a meal together. One thing is for sure though, you will want to make it special. 

With birthdays come a lot of planning! Here are some tips on how you can make your next birthday celebration special - from the food you eat to the way you decorate your home. Not only will this checklist help you create an unforgettable experience, but it also gives you some much-needed peace of mind.

Planning the perfect birthday party

When you have a birthday coming up, the first thing you’ll probably do is start planning your party. Even if you don’t plan to host it at your house, there are still many ways to make it special. You can find birthday decorations online or at a party store near you

One popular idea is to get balloons and create balloon arches at the entrance of your home. Another idea is to put on music inside and outside of the house so that people will be able to dance as soon as they walk in.

After the party starts, one thing you can do is hire a bartender for refreshments or make them yourself. Another idea is to buy favours for guests and wrap them up in a box with ribbon - it'll help them remember how great their time was!

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Decorating for a birthday celebration: Add a Balloon Bouquet to your décor!

When it comes to decorating for a birthday celebration, you want it to be memorable. One thing that you can do is change up the colour scheme of your room. You can also go all out with decorations like balloons and streamers

When you are looking for decorations, there are plenty of options and colours to choose from. It could be something as simple as getting creative with your food, or as elaborate as bringing in a professional party entertainer, clown or their favourite movie character. But no matter what you end up doing, make sure that you have a party theme

You can also use some of our birthday party decorations to make your own original and unique birthday décor.

As for the balloons, you can choose from a mix of foil balloons and latex balloons to create the perfect balloon bouquet. Don’t forget to add a supershape foil balloon on top of the bouquet to set the themed vibe. It will be their most special day they’ll remember for a long time.

Food for your next party

The first thing you will want to do when planning a birthday party is to think about the food.

There are so many options, but here are a few common choices:

A themed meal (a pizza and movie-themed party, for example)

Catering from a restaurant or food truck

Serving snacks like chips and dip, popcorn, or veggie trays

A themed cake from your favourite bakery. Add a cake topper to make it stand out!

If you are throwing an outdoor party, consider renting a grill for guests to enjoy delicious burgers or hot dogs. Don’t forget to get your themed birthday plates!

End the feast with the best birthday cake matching your theme. 

Party games and activities

When it comes to birthday parties, the games and activities are just as important as the food and decorations. Games can be a fun way to bring people together and they are also a great ice breaker. You don't have to spend your money on expensive party games though! 

There are plenty of free or low-cost options you can use. One idea is to play a trivia game with everyone in attendance. Everyone writes down their questions on pieces of paper and then you can read them aloud for everyone to answer.

You could also set up a scavenger hunt for your guests. This would involve drawing out clues that lead each guest on an adventure around your home or yard, where they'll find the items they need to solve the clue. For example, one clue might say, "I am filled with love." 

The guests will use this clue as a starting point and search through your house for a box of chocolates. They'll return with that item once found and then continue solving more puzzles until they're done!

Gift ideas for your friends, family, or loved ones

A birthday is a great time to show someone how much you care about them. Whether that person is your spouse, child, or best friend, it's important to find the perfect gift that matches their personality. There are many different options to choose from when shopping for a birthday gift. 

You could give someone a new shirt they've been wanting with their favourite Disney character or any toys and games matching their birthday theme. When you shop at Party Expert, we make it simple for you to be your one stop birthday shop. 

The Complete Checklist for the Best Party Supplies

The perfect party starts with birthday invitations. You can start by mailing or emailing the invites, or you can use a service like Evite to invite people. You may wish to include a theme in your invitation. 

This can be as simple as a colour or it could be an entire theme, such as a Hawaiian luau, Pokémon, Encanto, Dinosaur, Safari, Mermaid, Unicorn and many more birthday theme ideas. When it comes to a birthday idea, get inspired with the Party Expert Pinterest page.

Next comes what's on the menu. If you are cooking and catering the food yourself, make sure that you have enough time and someone reliable to help you out if needed! One easy way to do this is by enlisting friends, family members, or even neighbours to help out if they are willing.

Before your guests arrive, take some time for decorations! You can hang a Happy Birthday banner from the ceiling, add balloons and streamers around the room, and more! Consider having a cake for dessert - everyone loves cake! (Don't forget the cake toppers for an insta-perfect cake.)

Finally, don't forget to find gifts for all of your kid's friends. They’ll love to receive themed party favours.

Looking for a Kid's Birthday Party Checklist? We Got You Covered!

To conclude, Pinterest is a great way to start for inspiration for a birthday theme. Here are some steps to make your planning and shopping easy:


        1. Choose a birthday theme

        2. Determine a budget

        3. Select a date, time and location 

        4. Create the guest list

        5. Send the invitations


You’re now ready to shop all the party must-haves!

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  • Invitations (a must-have and classic step for kids birthday parties)

Birthday Decorations



  • Centerpieces
  • Themed or colourful confetti


  • Happy Birthday Banners
  • Cutouts
  • Scene setters
  • Fringe curtain


  • Banners
  • Yard signs
  • Balloons


  • Plates
  • Cups and straws
  • Napkins
  • Table cover
  • Cutlery (forks, knives and spoons)
  • Serving bowls and platers

Birthday Balloons

  • Foil balloons
  • Latex balloons
  • Number balloons
  • Letter balloons
  • Curling ribbon
  • Balloon weights
  • Balloon pumps
  • Helium tanks
  • Balloon arch kit

Birthday Cake

  • Birthday Candles
  • Cake Stand and cupcake stand
  • Fondants (chocolate)
  • Cake decorations and cake toppers

Favours and Gifts

  • Toys and games (LEGO, plush toys, figures and more)
  • Gift wrapping and cards
  • Favour bags and boxes
  • Small toys
  • Stickers
  • Blowouts and noise makers

Entertainment and Birthday Activities

  • Pinata, candies, buster and blindfold
  • Birthday games (Donkey game, board games and more)
  • Photo booth props / backdrop
  • Make up

Dress Up

  • Party Hats
  • Costumes
  • Tiaras / crowns
  • Masks


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