Gone are the days when a bowl of jelly, birthday cake, pass-the-parcel and musical chairs would be all that’s needed for the perfect children’s party. The stakes have been raised and the pressure is on. Not only are we expected to spend hours researching the perfect party setting, food, games and outfits on Pinterest and submit awesome photos to Instagram but we feel obliged to hold a party that’s on trend! So in an attempt to take the pain out of party-planning, we thought we’d put together our top ten of the latest trends in parties for 2018 to help you get through one of the biggest challenges of parenthood!
1. Science and Slime parties; science party companies run age-related, interactive games so children can make gooey DIY slime, amazing bubbles and colour-changing potions. According to Primary Times these parties engage young minds with a combination of thrilling demonstrations, wacky experiments and plenty of hands-on activities. They’re great fun (if a little messy) and educational.
2. Secret den parties – make a fairy tent, or indoor tepee and furnish it with lanterns and cushions (Pinterest is full of ideas for indoor tepees). Then add a food hamper with cupcakes, chopped fruit so the children can enjoy a mini adventure away from the grown-ups, tell fantastic stories and play fun spy games.
3. Lego Parties – thanks to last year’s Lego Batman movie, Lego is still massively popular. Netmums suggest setting a building challenge rather than just giving children a pile of Lego to play with. You can get Lego bunting, build a Lego Piñata, make Lego sandwiches or make a Lego photo booth if you’re feeling creative! Alternatively many party entertainers offer a Lego party if you’d rather have someone do the work for you.
4. Video game, console and coding parties are popular with boys and girls. With a huge choice of games from singing and dancing to football and Minecraft you’ll be so 2018!
5. Adrenalin-styled parties still feature this year – ski centres, climbing walls, trampoline parks, there’s a lot to choose from, depending on your budget. They’re also a good way to get children to forget their shyness, help them interact with their friends and get some exercise at the same time.
6. Ice-cream and milkshake parties offer a really appetising option – see what amazing concoctions your guests come up with! Primary Times suggests that many family-friendly cafes provide this sort of party and they can be quite budget-friendly as food is part of the package.
7. Slumber parties are also still very popular – although now you’re expected to provide more than a DVD and pizza! Go for party games, dens or tepees, karaoke, mini-makeovers etc.
8. Pokémon Go parties work well for slightly older children. Netmums suggest sending the kids on a hunt for pokeballs which you can hide around the house.
9. Unicorns, Rainbow and My Little Pony are big news at the moment, and the shops are full of budget items on these themes. Do a little research for making rainbow juice or unicorn magic potion and you’ll pass with flying colours!
10. And finally, Merlin Events London just loves a themed party – and as we’ve got the most unique attractions in the capital and a lot of experience in party planning, we’re thrilled to be launching our children’s birthday party packages. You can opt for a red carpet party experience hanging out with celebrities at Madame Tussauds, an ocean adventure at SEA LIFE, join Shrek for DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure! London or go for the coolest, scariest most fun party at The London Dungeon (if you dare!).