Birthdays! Every child waits for them eagerly, while the parents dread them. From the “Frozen” theme to “Chota Bheem”, the entire concept has become a bit repetitive and boring. Balloon arches, printed vinyl banners, Thermo cool cut outs and restaurant buffets: exactly the same at every birthday party. Do children actually enjoy these parties and would they remember it 10 years later? Highly unlikely!
Birthday parties that are a unique experience – a trip to the museum, art gallery, or the park are very popular abroad but yet to pick up in India. Make a difference this year, take inspiration from our guide and make your child’s party memorable for a lifetime!
A train theme is one of the simplest to do. Design your invitations like train tickets, decorate your home like a station and serve food that is typically served on a train journey… sandwiches, vada, mini dosas, rolls, milkshakes in small cups. Do you get the drift? Also, bake your own cake at home with assistance from the birthday kid. Get their help measuring out portions, greasing trays and of course tasting the batter... wink. To top this all off, take the kids on a trip to the National Rail Museum in Delhi to see how trains have evolved over the years. The little ones are bound to come back chugging with glee at the end of the day.
Mary Quite Contrary How Does Your Garden Grow…
For a little girl who is still too small to understand museums but obsessed with all things pretty, do a flower theme. Make cupcakes decorated with different flowers and teach the children their names. Take them to the Lalbagh flower show in Bangalore to experience the beauty of nature. Have a picnic with the kids with fun outdoor activities. Decorate the house with pompoms resembling flowers, hung at different levels from the ceiling. Giveaway flowering seedlings that are easy to nurture like marigold, sunflower or cosmos as return gifts. The kids are bound to cherish these little gifts more than the regular stationary supplies.
Old McDonand Had A Farm
An animal loving toddler and his friends will enjoy a trip to a petting zoo like “The Martin Farm” in Bangalore with a picnic basket lunch. For an activity, cut out animal faces on chart paper and hand out crayons for the kids to colour them, as they munch on animal shaped cookies and chocolates.
Play And Learn
For a child who has boundless energy and gets bored easily, the “Girias Children’s Explorium” in Bangalore is a perfect choice. It is a first of its kind in the country. The little ones can climb, read, role-play, splash around, create and do many more activities, all under the same roof! The kids are bound to come back with action-packed memories!
I hope we have helped fire up your imagination. Wait for the next article, where we will be covering fun birthday ideas for older kids as well! Until then, put your thinking caps on and start planning!