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When planning a children's party the first things to consider are:
- The birthday child's age and developmental abilities so that the party games, food (etc) are appropriate.
- The child's personal likes and interests (e.g. you would not organise an inside noisy dance party with lots of friends for a 4-year-old girl who is quiet and reserved and does not like dancing).
- Any family beliefs and values surrounding whether and how the child's birthday can be celebrated. Some religious groups (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses) and individual families choose not to recognise birthdays.
- Allergies and dietary factors for the birthday child and those who are to be attending the party (click here for info on food allergy management)
- Food preferences, for example the saveloy is a popular party food in NZ and Australia but may disgust and leave children and parents who are vegetarian hungry.
Below are top tips for planning a fun and happy party for all, party activity ideas, games, party themes, and top party food ideas.
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