Traditional childrens party making a comeback
The traditional children’s party is making a comeback as parents snub pricey hi-tech venues, new research has found.
Parents have gone back to holding kids’ parties at home or in a local village hall using traditional childrens party games instead of expensive centres featuring laser gun battles, mazes filled with soft balls and bewildering climbing frames.
Some are also opting to make the party food themselves rather than pay for pricey meals out.
The economic downturn as well as a return to homely crafts like cupcake baking has prompted nearly 7 in 10 parents to say they are returning to traditional parties for their children. See our card cupcake stands to display your cakes!
The news could be comforting to parents weary of spending an afternoon in a draughty warehouse, drinking bad coffee and munching stale biscuits while their kids zap each other with lasers and plunge screaming into ball pits.
Only one in four parents (26 per cent) are still heading for high-tech and high-energy entertainment venues.
A health-conscious minority are still braving parks, gyms or swimming pools.
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Asked about the most important considerations in planning a party for children, the top answers were making sure everyone had fun (99%) and “doing something new and different” (80%). Take a look at our disposable party tableware ranges which are fabulously different!
Researchers questioned nearly 200 parents and guardians of children aged two to 10. Ellie Kelly, founder of a children’s party company, which commissioned the research said: “After years of ever more elaborate bids for entertainment, parents are finding that the best way to do something new and different is to give children a more traditional style of party. We’ve come full circle.”
The cost of entertainment venues may be a factor, with 51 per cent of respondents inviting 11 or more children and 23 per cent playing host to up to 20 children.
Asked about the critical success factors for parties, altruistic parents were unanimous that the most important thing is that children have fun, but the second most common answer was “getting it over as painlessly as possible”.
The hardest part of organising a party is keeping children entertained (51 per cent) and organising games (36 per cent), which helps explain why most (56 per cent) turn to a hired entertainer to take some of the strain.
More evidence of a return to tradition appears in questions about party food. Whatever the venue, parents are keen to have a hand in one essential area of party cuisine with 53 per cent choosing to bake their own cakes or calling on the baking skills of a family member or friend opposed to buying a cake off the shelf.
The best news for children is that whatever dietary regime their parents usually impose, the rules are suspended for birthday parties.
The theme for most party menus is “a bit healthy” – defined by the survey as “sparing use of carrot batons” – while a conscience stricken one in four said they tried not to supply too many sugary treats.
None of the respondents were brave enough to risk a totally healthy menu on a gang of hungry children.
Traditional Party Games
Ellie Kelly said:”Thankfully, having fun is still firmly at the top of the agenda, and the survey shows traditional party games are also high on the agenda.
“Increasingly we find parents also want to engage the children in more thoughtful activities. Three quarters of parents told us they wanted to include learning activities and experiences. Try our craft kits for childrens party activities – in our party bag fillers section.
Traditional Childrens Parties
“Nostalgia plays a part too. It’s only natural that parents want their children to experience the simple fun of the parties they went to when they were young.”
Not all parental motives are honourable, though. Nearly a third (29 per cent) admit that “impressing other parents” plays a part in their plans.
Courtesy: The Telegraph