The little disco company has come to an end - after 6 years of family disco fun. Time moves on, life moves on. I would like to thank everyone who joined in, danced, played with their children to our fun tunes, had a drink at the bar and told other people about us.
It's been an incredible journey, started with 2 new mums finding someting to 'fit' around family life...
Thanks a lot for your energy and time - we really do appreciate it!
As well as organising Little Disco Company birthday parties, Team Little Disco also have 4 children of our own. Here are our top tips for planning birthday parties for time-poor parents.
1. Share a party with a friend
Find a friend or classmate with a birthday around the same time and you can share the responsibility of organising the party and you can also save money by splitting the costs.
2. Don’t be too proud to ask for help
Your child will love the fact that others have helped to make their birthday party special. Recruit the help of family and friends to each do a small task – maybe Grannie likes baking? Assign a couple of specific tasks to your partner, or rope your child’s aunt or uncle into helping to clean up afterwards, you can reward them with a slice of Grannie’s cake!
3. And if you are going it alone… try and do just one thing at a time
Try not to leave it all to the last minute, if you know that you have little time, then try and just pick off one task at a time. It will seem much more manageable. You can shop for paper cups and plates way in advance of the party, even party bags can be made up a week before to save hassle the night before.
4. Send invites by email
Save time on writing invites and the cost of stamps. There are some great websites out there where you can design your invite, send and manage your RSVPs all online. If you already spend your working week at a computer, then you can even manage this one in your lunch break. We like www.paperlesspost.com it's really easy to set up with quirky designs. If your child is old enough then encourage them to write their own invites and make it a fun weekend activity. Your child will really feel that their party is special and appreciate that these things don't happen by magic.
5. Save time on the party bags
There are plenty of companies out there who can offer already filled party bags, saving you the time of searching, buying and putting them together. We have helped plenty of our clients with this and parents have said it’s a real weight off their mind knowing that it’s taken care of. We like these cool floral bag and bracelet party bags from The Curious Catarpillar, or or want something unisex, then why not trythis balloon animal party bag from All About Party Bags.
6. What about the party games?
If the idea of wrangling a room full of children all by yourself leaves you in a cold sweat and your child is aged 4+ why not consider an entertainer? Ask other parents for their recommendations if you don’t know anyone. A recommendation is always valuable when it comes to an entertainer.
If your child is 2 or 3 and you have the space, then a bouncy castle is a great alternative to an entertainer.
If you fancy being the entertainer yourself, then Fabulous Partyware offer a great readymade pass-the-parcel, just specify the number of kids. This is the classic game that all young children expect to see at parties.
7. Keep the food simple
In our experience, children don’t notice or appreciate the cute pinwheel sandwiches or the personalised letter shaped biscuits that you spent ages planning, shopping for and making. Younger children especially, like to know what they are eating, so stick to a fairly simple menu and save yourself the hassle. As long as there are mini sausages, and lots of them, you can’t go wrong. Coordinating paper plates and cups look great, but cartons or small bottled drinks are great if you want to avoid spillages. Marks and Spencerdo great party platters and offer simple sandwich variations with no mayo which are perfect for kids.
Then serve the cake as dessert.
8. The Cake
No children's party is complete without cake. After spending a whole day making a 5 tier rainbow cake covered in sprinkles for big disco dude’s 4th birthday, I was told “I don’t like the icing”. There are some fabulous local cake makers who can create amazing cakes to suit the theme or your child’s party. Next time I will be using Henrietta’s Cakes. Her Spiderman number cake is a sure thing for any little superheroes out there. But, If you've already exhausted your budget on other areas of the party, then for a large group party, you can’t go wrong with a tray bake cake from your local supermarket.
Sometimes, you just have to accept that you can’t do it all and then it's time to call in the professionals. If your child enjoys music, then check out our shared disco and shared Frozen themed birthday partiesand get an idea of what #stressfreekidsparty solutions The Little Disco Company can offer to busy parents.