Junior’s birthday is fast approaching and he’s begging you for a party. For your foolproof, stress-free, mother-of-the-year birthday strategy, look no further than this battle plan. These are our tried and tested birthday amos that troops young and old love.
Choose a Theme
From cars, princesses, rock and roll to the latest cartoon character, the choices are endless. Need help to get those creative juices flowing? Birthday party ideas and moms who think are great starting points.
Decide how many people you want to invite. Classmates, neighbours, or just close friends? Once the guest list is all set, work on the invitations. We recommend sending out invitations by email – it’s environmentally-friendly and much less of a hassle. Check out paperless post and evite.
If your guest list keeps growing and your home or backyard seems too much of a squeeze, you may have to look at Plan B. How about a restaurant or an outdoor playground? Pastis has plenty of room and we love their courtyard too. For a great outdoor space, try The Playground in Kemang.
The Playground, Jalan Kemang Dalam III B. Kemang, Jakarta, p. +62 21719 6962
Etsy is a one-stop party supplies shop. Just pick a theme, print it out at Adorama or Snapy and you’re all set. Option 2: head to the nearest party shop to grab all the décor you need. Try Birthday Girl: Birthday Boy for a great selection of helium balloons and other trimmings. They sell many items from Party-4us, with all the latest Disney characters. Birthday Girl: Birthday Boy, Jl. Kemang Selatan I No. 6. Tel. 021 719 3485.
We also love Debenhams’s collection of party décor, but it does come at a price. Our tip: wait for the specials (buy 1 get one free), and stock up if you see something you like.
What’s a party without a piñata? Contact Rohmani who can make absolutely anything into a piñata.
Rohmani, Jl. Kemang Timur V/34 Kemang, p. +62 21 719 8953
Always consider allergies and preferences. Think simple, healthy snacks that appeal to even the pickiest eaters. Go against the rules and “play with your food”; make cute designs that kids will love to eat. Check out Kidspot for some great party food ideas. And for the star of the show, the birthday cake, we’ve got you covered. Head to Toko Ani or Pantry Magic for all your baking needs.
Entertainment is key, especially when it comes to kids, and it all depends on the interests and age of the tiny party-goers. Print out colouring pages, organise pass the parcel, musical chairs, or plan a scavenger hunt for the older crowd. Spoonful has plenty of ideas to keep the kids amused.
Goodie bags and prizes
Grab your goodie bags and prizes at ITC Fatmawati. Our fave shop there is Trendy collection. There’s school bags, drink bottles, towels, and lunch bags to suit any budget. Or buy little trinkets like torches, toy cars, stickers, hairclips, and bracelets. Top up the goodie bags with snacks, candy, or chocolates from your local supermarket.
ITC Fatmawati, Jl. RS. Fatmawati No. 39, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, p. +62 2172790888
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