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My top tips for planning a toddlers birthday party

August 15, 2017

We recently planned and had Amelie’s 3rd birthday party. We are lucky that her birthday falls in the summer months so at the moment we can get away with having a party in the garden (as long as the sun shines)!

Whether it’s a party in your garden, a local hall, a soft play here are my top tips for making the planning and day easier…


  • If your child is under four then you can probably get away with not spending too much money on a party as they really don’t appreciate it yet. Save the money for when they’re at school and suddenly you have to invite the whole class!
  • Keep numbers low. We had far too many people at Amelie’s second birthday and I spent so much time hosting I hardly saw her and was totally frazzled by the end of the day.
  • If you have family able to come and help, delegate some jobs so you can spend time with your little ones.

The day

  • If you have a garden party don’t worry about hiring anything – use all of your garden toys and that’ll keep toddlers amused.
  • Go old school. The best game on the day with pass the parcel!

Party bags

  • We ditched party bags this year as I am sure 99% of what is given in party bags gets played with for 1 minute before it’s lost or falls to the bottom of the toy box. This year we gave everyone a little fairy cake and balloon to take home with them.


  • We had some party decorations from Best Day Ever Party Shop and Amelie absolutely loved helping to get them ready – it was a great activity and she was so excited to see them up on the day. We thought the bunting looked amazing on our white wall in the garden.
  • If you do order balloons online, either make sure you have helium or know somewhere to get them blown up to save any last minute panic!

toddler birthday party

toddler birthday partyBunting and balloons from Best Day Ever Party Shop

Food and Drink

  • If you are feeding little ones try and get someone to help you with the food or keep it simple, for this year’s party we did; carrot sticks, cucumber, cold pasta salad, little sandwiches, cocktail sausages and Pom bears. This all went down a treat!

toddler birthday partyHappy Birthday sign and 3 balloon from Best Day Ever Party Shop


toddler birthday partyPlates, cups and napkins from Garsons Garden Centre

  • We decided to buy a birthday cake this year, but in previous years I have made it – I just didn’t have time this year. I did, however, make some cupcakes which the little ones loved so weigh up what you can and can’t do and if you can get someone to make something to help then do.

toddler birthday partyCake made by Charlotte Dury

toddler birthday party

You can find more from Amelie’s third birthday party over on our YouTube channel.

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How have you found toddlers parties? What are your top tips?

Sarah xx

*We were kindly sent the items from Best Day Ever Party Shop in exchange for a blog post on the party. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own*

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  • Reply Lu Lovely August 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Great plan with ditching the party bags. I always feel like they’re packed with plastic that gets used once but lasts longer than a lifetime.

    My Goddaughter has a birthday in a few weeks so this post was brilliant for ideas 🙂

  • Reply The Daisy Pages August 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Some lovely ideas 🙂 I especially love the idea of not inviting too many people and delegating family members to help, it’s such a shame if you can’t relax and enjoy the party with your kids too xx

    • Reply Sarah August 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you. I definitely need to remember these tips for Evie’s birthday which I’m just starting to plan x

  • Reply Becky | The Family Beehive August 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Totally agree with not giving out party bags – most of the time it’s silly little things that end up being binned. Save money and don’t bother with them! 🙂

    • Reply Sarah August 17, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      They usually are aren’t they! I would definitely prefer people to save their money than but Amelie some plastic bits personally x

  • Reply Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper August 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    What a lovely looking party and I absolutely love that cake! Great tips here, and agree about the party bag tat- the bane of my life now my older two children are 5 and 6 and go to loads of parties!

    • Reply Sarah August 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      I can imagine actually! It must be parties non stop when they go to school! X

  • Reply clare August 21, 2017 at 9:26 am

    The party looked so lovely and that cake, wow! I am so on board with the party bag idea, I know my boys would much prefer a balloon and cake 🙂

  • Reply Another Little Birdie January 1, 2018 at 1:03 am

    This was an awesome post!! I don’t have any kids, but I agree that party bags go to waste. Also, Amelie is so cute and I love her name 🙂

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