Tween Party – Ice Skating Party

Embrace your child’s wintertime birthday with a party that features a favourite frosty weather activity: ice skating! Even if your guests aren’t experienced skaters, an ice skating party can provide a fun opportunity to learn the basics.


If you are going with a Birthday on Ice theme, one fun way to invite guests is with a cardstock cut out in the shape of an ice skate. Have the birthday child decorate one side of the skate with coloured pens, glitter and stickers. Write the party details on the other side.Ice Skating Party Pink Invite


Other ideas for ice-skating party invitations include:

  • A postcard invitation portraying your child wearing ice skates, or ice skaters on the rink in the photo section.
  • A paper printout from your home computer that features ice-skating themed clip art in the design.



An ice skating rink like The Ice Station at Grand West in Cape Town has birthday party packages available for your occasion. You can inquire about renting the facility for a private party, or acquiring a group rate for your skating session. The arena offers birthday packages which includes a hostess who will assist with serving food, birthday cake and party favours.

Another fun idea for a Birthday on Ice celebration is to take a few your child’s friends to an actual ice skating show like Disney on Ice (6 – 10 July ), and then head to the public rink for a skating session where guests cans show off some of their own moves after the performance. You can even invite kids to come dressed in their favourite character costume.


11755707_605387849564269_1551121789878521539_n.jpgWhether you have the party at a rink that includes food as part of the package or host the party yourself, some ideas for ice-skating party food to serve are:

  • An ice skate cake.
  • Snowflake cupcakes.
  • Hot cocoa.



Ice skating is the obvious main event at the skating themed party. At an arena, you can arrange for an instructor to give a lesson to your guests, or simply spend the time freestyle skating. If you’re looking to have some organised games in the ice-skating theme, however, some ideas include:

  • Play freeze skate: Kids skate around the rink to music, but must stop skating and freeze in place whenever the music stops.
  • Ice skating relay races: Divide guests into two teams and have them race on skates to a designated finish line and back.


Ice-skating favour ideas include:


  • Icicle treat cones: Dip a sugar cone in melted white chocolate. Fill with white chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap in cellophane and add a tag that reads “Thank you
    for skating with me!”
  • A pair of mittens or gloves.
  • A program (if you attend an ice skating show).
  • A pair of ice skate laces.
  • Themed party boxes.

Baby’s First Birthday Party

After months of sleep deprivation, countless nappy changes and about a million smiles and giggles, it’s finally time to plan your baby’s first birthday party.

No, your child won’t remember the big day, but you will. And the photos with baby in a “1st Birthday” hat will be priceless down the road.

Of course, these bashes are as much a party for the parents as they are for the child. It’s been a year of wonder, growth and change—for everyone — so celebrate.

Choose a Theme for Your First Birthday Party

You don’t have to follow a theme, but sometimes picking one makes it easier to focus on the colours, decorations and other party details.

Consider these ideas:

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Set up hay bales as seating, dress your child in overalls, serve a farm-themed cake and give party favours in metal buckets (to resemble milking pails).
  • Circus Party. Delight your baby and all of your guests with the big, bold colours and entertaining ideas for this circus-themed party.
  • Over the Rainbow. Young children are drawn to colours, so celebrate them all with a rainbow-themed party. Set out red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple party supplies and decorations. Make a cake with a different layer for each colour and send everyone home with a CD mix of children’s music, starting with your favourite rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
  • Seasonal. Choose a theme that ties to the time of year, such as a Snowflake Partyfor winter babies, Sprinkles and Sunshine for a spring baby, Flower Power for a summer baby and Fall for Fall for an autumn baby. Hang handmade paper snowflakes for the winter party and serve snowman mashed potatoes and snowman treats. Suspend decorative umbrellas from your ceiling at the spring party and cover cupcakes with blue sprinkles to mimic rain. For the summer party, give Hawaiian leis as favours and set out a flower-shaped birthday cake. Serve owl cupcakes and foods at the fall party.
  • Cupcakes and Cocktails. Yes, real cocktails. The baby will never know! Throw the party in the evening, serve swanky hors d’oeuvres and offer grownups a cocktail that matches the party’s colour scheme. The kids get mocktails. Set up a cupcake-shaped piñata (contact us for details) or make a pin-the-candle-on-the-cupcake game. Serve cupcakes that are more classy than cutesy.
  • Hap-bee First Birthday. Decorate in yellow and black for this “Fun to BeeOne: party theme.

Almost any kid-friendly theme will work for a baby’s first birthday. Consider how you could adapt these birthday themes for younger guests.


Invitations and Gifts

  • Send out invitations at least three weeks before the party.
  • The wording could read “one is fun” or “one little baby, one little cake, one whole year to celebrate.”
  • Some parents might feel as though friends and family have given them a lot of presents over the prior year, especially if baby showers were held or if gifts were given after the child’s birth. If you want guests to know you don’t expect any more presents, you could write something on the invitations to indicate that, such as “your presence is gift enough.”
  • The invitations also could be a place where you set a theme for the gifts. For instance, you could say that you’re working on building your child’s library and you’re hoping guests can give a used book that their own children no longer read as the present.
  • When it comes time to open presents, you will probably be quite busy helping your child. Ask someone to write down the gifts and who gave them so you can write personal thank you cards after the party is over.


Games and Activities


Softplay Set suitable for tiny tots

Entertain the birthday girl and all of her guests with a variety of first birthday games that friends of all ages can play.  Or hire one of our softplay sets for hours of fun.

The Cake

Some parents can’t wait to see the look of delight when their child takes their first bite of birthday cake–their first taste of sugar! –at their first birthday party.


One of our Yummy Rainbow Cakes

Others worry what too much sugar will do to a tiny tummy that was only introduced to carrots and peas a few months before.

If you’re in the latter camp, consider serving carrot cake made with less sugar than normal and topped with a low-sugar cream cheese frosting. Or, choose from other healthy cake recipes.

Another fun tradition is to watch a child blow out her first birthday candle. Be careful, though. One-year-olds tend to flail their arms about, especially when they’re excited like, say, when a room full of people are singing at them. Keep the candle far enough away during the Happy Birthday song that they can’t reach it, then pull it in close when it’s time to blow.


Relax and enjoy the party. You’ve worked hard this year and deserve to have fun, too.


Transport party for a 2 year old

This year for my son’s birthday we had a Transport Party.  He is mad about all forms of transport and is even starting to name brands of cars he sees driving on the road: everything from Mini Cooper, BMW, Jeep, VW Polo, etc!!!  I guess it is a boy thing as we never had this with our daughter at that age.  So the party theme was easy to come up with and with the help of Pinterest we had fun creating a great party!

We tried to keep the colours to red, blue and white with the decor and re-used his bedroom bunting to add the final touch to the decor.

Ross party

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Cooking Party

Last Saturday we hosted a Cooking Party sampler to give our clients and friends a taste of what happens at a Cooking Party so that they know the details BEFORE booking their own party of this kind.

The fabulous Hannah does our cooking parties for Party Things Online and she did not disappoint.  It is an action packed 2 hours of activities, and is hosted at The Bay in the Constantia sports complex, but you also have the option to have it at your home. Continue reading