Whether it's North, Blue Ivy, Suri or Penelope, Hollywood kids seem to be having a hell of a time at their birthday parties, each sporting a bigger cake and better celebrity guest list than the last. But is it all worth it once the glitter settles?
The level of expense and excess shouldn't determine the success of your childrens' princess or pirate party. All you need is a basic checklist, minimal sugar and maximum adult assistance on hand!
Follow these top 8 tips for the perfect celebrity-standard kids party.
1. Choose a party theme that your child loves
Even if it isn’t your first choice. After all, you're not the one who has to dress as a pirate alien Batman princess! Or are you?
2. Include one age-appropriate, non-competitive activity
By doing so during the proceedings, you'll break up any boredom and detract unwanted attention away from a table laden with desserts!
3. Get pre-party baking
This party is for your child, and in their mind it wouldn’t be complete without their favourite cake, cupcakes and cookies. Barbara Beery, author of several birthday party baking books, including The Pink Princess Cookbook, Fairies Cookbook and her latest, The Snow Princess Cookbook points out, suggests going the extra mile with your pre-party baking - even if it is simple fare (or supplied by family, friends or the local bakery).
4. Don’t rush the onset of parties
“By a child’s fourth birthday, children actually play with each other instead of parallel play,” Barbara explains. So rushing a party when your child is just a baby or toddler may be more about what you want, rather than what is actually necessary.
5. Don’t be afraid of skipping the sugar
“Provide an assortment of colourful fruits and cheese chunks on wooden skewers – aka Magic Fruit Wands – and serve a delicious, nutritious dip in small cups with colourful mini carrots, cherry tomatoes and snow peas,” suggests Barbara. Homemade crackers or cheese crackers cut into small crowns and star flowers also prove a hit, she assures.
6. Get the kids creative juices flowing
Decorate the table with tactile materials, glues, glitter and garnishing ribbon. Set them a fun task of making their own lolly bags or even a gorgeous kite tail for their party balloon. But don’t enforce it. They may prefer to rip out your petunias instead, so be prepared - and patient - with each child.
7. Plan the right amount of activities
Turn the pressure down at party time by not planning too many activities to complete in a given amount of time. Free play is ok but just ensure you have a few extra parents on hand to wrangle the unruly and restless crowd! And some wine chilling in the fridge once the last straggler has exited.
8. Don’t have a party that runs too long!
Kids only have a short attention span and you only have a finite level of patience!
5 Top Celebrity Parties
Here's what you're not missing out on in terms of party planning on a mega-celebrity scale!
North West: Setting the bar fairly high when it comes to first birthday parties, North West’s parents Kim and Kanye celebrated with ‘Kidchella’ - a take on the celebrity-heavy music festival Coachella - featuring various performers – including Jaden Smith – and teepee inspired entertainment booths.
North had an even bigger birthday this year at Disneyland.
For her daughter Willow’s 2nd birthday, Pink rolled out the Sesame Street theme complete with characters and killer guest list (Sandra Bullock and Selma Blair were attendees with their own tots in tow).
Keeping up with her lavish Kardashian siblings, Kourtney rang in daughter Penelope’s first lap of the sun with a garden party featuring a piglet dressed as a unicorn and a bevy of balloons costing $150 each.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale may have parted ways, but their parenting style is sure to remain off the scale. Eldest son Kingston’s 2nd birthday was held on Malibu beach and attended by Courtney Cox and Kate Beckinsale. For his 4th birthday the Beckham's were along for the ride – which reportedly cost $15,000.
Blue Ivy Carter is sure to enjoy stellar birthday gifts for a long time to come if her 2nd birthday – held at Miami Zoo – is anything to go by. Ivy was gifted a horse (reportedly not acquired from aforementioned zoo) which was rumoured to set her folks back a beastly $75,000.
Suri Cruise may growing up fast, but when she was ringing in her second year, super famous folks – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – spent $100,000 on her party, which included catering by renowned international chef Wolfgang Puck amidst a room filled with 1000 live butterflies.
Mariah Carey's twins Moroccan and Monroe were whisked to Paris for their first birthday where their suite was decked out with star-shaped balloons and their very own gifts of a toy Ferrari and miniature white piano.