My girls are quite creative, I guess they take after their mum in that respect.  They both love to colour, but my youngest has recently taken a real liking to freehand painting as well as collage.  My older daughter is starting to show her creative side in food.  She loves to cook for us and it’s a great way for her to experiment with new ingredients and flavours too.  They’ve both been fortunate enough to take part in an art extension class at school which has taught them lots of fantastic skills.My younger daughter’s best friend had to have her very much loved pony put to sleep a couple of months back.  It is hard for a 9 year old to get their head around that type of thing, and often they don’t always know what to say.  So Emily decided she would paint.  She painted the most wonderful picture of a horse and spent hours on it.  I was amazed at what she created and the best thing was that it was created with so much love.  Her best friend doesn’t live locally anymore, but Emily is going to stay during the holidays and she’s taking her painting with her.

I’m fortunate to see a lot of blogs, websites etc with fantastic parties and party ideas on a weekly basis.  The time spent on creating all the different elements to make these parties come alive is really quite phenomenal.

Here are a couple of creative ideas, not only the way the party is executed, but more the activities kids get to take part in at the party.  The last one is just for the grown ups, no reason we can’t join in right.

This first party has Music as it’s theme.  A very simple idea, but so clever.  Ok, this is never going to be a “quiet” party, in fact it’s going to be really noisy, but the kids will love it.  If you follow this link, it’ll take you to Momtastic’s website full of instructions and tips on how to create a fun party like this.

 

 

How about a Carnival themed party?  Sounds super fun, but a little daunting doesn’t it?  It doesn’t have to be.  With the warmer weather approaching (finally), it’d be a great opportunity to get out in your backyard in the sun and hold an amazing party.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it will take some time to plan.  Old favourites like the ring toss game, kissing booth etc.  It could be a lot of fun.

 

And here’s one for the grown ups.  A Hunger Games Party.  Something a little different and fun.  A group of friends getting together, everyone brings a different dish inspired by the book to share.  It doesn’t have to be the Hunger Games, it could be any book or movie you all like.  Looks like a great night out, and let’s face it, we never get together with our friends often enough so it’s a great excuse for a catchup over a couple of drinks.

You can also check out some of the other great party ideas that we have here on Kiwi Families in our birthdays section.

What creative party ideas have you seen recently that you plan to recreate at your next celebration?  Or have you got some tried and true party favourites that you use with great success year after year?  I’d love to hear all about it.

Until next time, take care, Nicky x

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Nicky Attridge is a busy wife and mum to two girls aged almost 9 and 10. She works part time and is also the creator and owner of the Chic Party Boutique and Inviting Designs. Nicky loves all things “party” and spends many an hour creating new designs and searching the internet to keep up with the latest happenings in party styling, particularly in the US. Nicky is very much looking forward to sharing some of her ideas and special party styling finds with you all. Nicky loves honing her graphic design skills and is always looking for something new to add to her designs.

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Kerrie Wilson

Nicky, we went the opposite to you when we were in Australia for a holiday and went for a big reptile party as seen at the website http://www.reptileparty.com.au. The snakes crapped all over the kids and one of the children scored a bite from a lizard and they all had a ball. I was bitten by the cost, but in all it is worth doing as a one-off indulgence.
As seen in the photos on the site, all the kids had handfuls of snakes, reminding me a bit of Indiana Jones!

kitkat

This is not very fun to some kids. Its accutly boring. What about in november when its cold outside then what are you supposed to do im turning 13 and have nothing to do inside. We need a cheap birthday party were you dont have to leave the house.

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