Here at HOORAY!, we’re always down for a little bit of DIY – and kids’ birthday parties provide the perfect excuse to get creative and have some fun decorating!
To inspire you for your little one’s next shindig, we’ve rounded up some of our fave DIY ideas for your next children’s party.
Not only will these ideas help to keep the cost down, but you’ll also have a blast spending some quality time crafting together!
DIY the party games
No matter how big or small your child’s birthday party is, there’s always time for party games!
When you’re feeling creative, these DIY party game ideas are perfect for entertaining kids of all ages.
If the weather is nice enough to go outside, you could play fun outdoor party games like lawn twister, apple bobbing or walk the plank. If it’s hot, you could even organise a water fight (be sure to warn the other parents beforehand, though!). Check out these 100 outdoor games for some inspiration.
If you aren’t lucky enough to be able to go outside, there are still plenty of DIY party games you can make for an indoor party. Well-loved classic party games like pass the parcel, pin the tail to the donkey and musical chairs are always a blast – and can all be adapted to match your theme too.
Another great DIY ideas for a children’s birthday is a fabulous homemade photo booth!
Photobooths have become popular at all sorts of events, from weddings to birthday parties – and it’s easy to see why!
Search the house and cheap shops for silly hats, funny glasses and inflatable props.
There are plenty of photo booth props you can make at home too, like printable moustaches and giant paper flowers. Make sure you get the photos printed afterwards, so the children have a keepsake of their day!
Image: Wiluna Bride
Bake the cake
If you’re ready to get creative in the kitchen, get your apron on and make the birthday cake this year!
A party just isn’t a party without cake – and if you are making it yourself, you can choose your child’s favourite flavour too.
Get them involved with mixing the batter, decorating the end product and the all-important cake tasting!
Make sure you check any dietary requirements of other children, you may have to adjust the recipe or provide alternatives.
If baking a cake from scratch isn’t possible, you could buy a plain cake and decorate it with sprinkles, icing and your child’s favourite things. You can check out some of our fave ideas for decorating store-bought cakes here.
DIY party decorations
Want to create a fun and festive atmosphere? Allow us to recommend DIY-ing your own party decorations! Not only will this help you to save money, but it will also be sure to make your kid’s party unique.
Paper usage has increased 126% in 20 years, so be kind to the planet and make paper party decorations from old magazines, wrapping paper and newspaper too.
From classic paper chains to modern sparkling backdrops, there are so many ways you can make fabulous party decorations. We suggest making some lovely bunting in your child’s favourite colours to hang around the room, you can either sew fabric bunting or use paper instead.
Paper garlands, strings and pom-poms are other great DIY party decorations and are simple and quick to make. You can customise them with your child’s name or to match the party theme too!