How to Plan a Successful Kid’s Birthday Party

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Whether you are planning the very first birthday party for your child or whether you have to plan yet another theme party for your child, there will always be certain basic steps that you have to follow to ensure that the party will be a success.

The Important First Steps

  • Include your child in every step of the party planning and preparations.
  • Plan according to your budget and keep to it.
  • Start at least 4-6 weeks before the actual party.
  • Make lists from the moment you sit down to decide about the party.
  • Enlist the help of family, friends and siblings – you don’t have to do it all on your own.


10 Steps to a Successful Kid's Birthday Party

1.      The Day, Date and Time of the party

2.      The Guest List

3.      The Location of The Party

4.      The Party Theme

5.      The Party Invitations

6.      The Party Food

7.      The Party Decorations

8.      Party Games and Activities

9.      Party Entertainment (if any)

10.    Party Favours and Party Bags/Boxes


Finished?   –    Good!

Now let’s really start planning your child’s birthday party!

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The last piece of advice! Have fun… that’s what parties are all about 😆

Easy Edible Party Decorations Using Marie Biscuits and Ice Cream Cones

edible party decorations with marie biscuits and ice cream conesIn a previous post I mentioned that when party food can also serve as party decorations, you can save a lot of time in the preparation of your child’s party.

Store bought biscuits, normally Marie Biscuits, ice cream cones or edible cupcakes, wafers, marshmallows and candy can easily be turned into edible party decorations.

With the aid of a good butter icing or royal icing that can be used as “glue” as well as decorative edges, all you further need is your imagination and I must be honest, quite a few hours depending on the number of decorations/treats you have to make.

The image shows a few ideas of what can be done with Marie Biscuits and ice-cream cones.

All you really have to do is to attach the ice-cream cones to the Marie Biscuits with a small amount of icing and also use small dots of icing to attach the candy or wafers or whatever you decide to use for decoration. You can spread the biscuits with icing before you add the ice-cream cones or just leave them plain.

To make shopping easier, decide on the kind of decorations you will make, calculate how many biscuits and cones you will need as well as the number of candy. In this way you won’t run out of supplies.

Great idea: Fill the ice-cream cones with a home-made marshmallow mixture or with small candy.

Here is one way to make a clown.

marie biscuit and ice cream cone clown

You will need:

  • 1 ice-cream cone
  • 1 Marie Biscuit
  • 1 white Easter egg or marshmallow
  • 1 extra marshmallow
  • nonpareilles (100’s and 1000’s)
  • royal icing
  • edible silver balls
  • a little chocolate flake
  • a red candy
  1. Cut 15mm off base of cone and press it on top of the marie biscuit which has been spread with royal icing and covered in nonpareilles.
  2. Spread a little icing around inside the base of the cone and position the Easter egg on top.
  3. Spread a little icing on top of the Easter egg. Press on as much or as little of the crumbled flake as you like to resemble hair.
  4. Position the rest of the cone on the Easter egg/head for the hat.
  5. Make a bow-tie from a slice of the marshmallow, attach with a dot of royal icing.
  6. Pipe icing around the neckline and stick silver balls on top of it.
  7. Draw a face with edible colouring or edible colour pens and attach the red sweet for a nose. Set aside to dry.

Make as many clowns as you need

diagrams for clowns made with marie biscuits and ice-cream conesMore Clown ideas

Ideas for Spaceships

marie biscuit and ice cream cone space ships

Space Ship Diagrams

spaceship diagrams

Here is the first image of edible decorations again for more detail

edible party decorations with marie biscuits and ice cream cones

I quite like the little fashion doll, nice for a Barbie Themed Party. You can even add small doilies or coloured paper cupcake liners to dress her up.

The planes and dominoes do not really fit in with the overall theme of this post, but since they also fall under edible party decorations, I decided to add them to the images.

In the first year of blogging here, I posted  a few images of birthday cakes and edible decorations I made for my son when he was small. Take a look at these cakes for boys.

It is not always necessary to use ice-cream cones with the Marie Biscuits to come up with party treats. That old favourite standby of Marie Biscuits with a marshmallow filling lends colour to any party table.

Turn these treats into “lollipops” by pushing lollipop sticks into the hot marshmallow before putting the second Marie biscuit on top. Decorate with wheels of icing and nonpareilles or make marshmallow flower lollipops by topping the biscuits with marshmallow slices.

Coconut Filling for Marie Biscuit Sandwiches:

Mix together:

  • 1 packet Marie Biscuits, finely crushed
  • 500g melted butter/margarine
  • 1kg icing sugar
  • 500ml coconut

Sandwich Marie Biscuits, decorate with icing and assorted candies to make faces or spiderwebs or clock faces or, or, or…

Two Recipes for Marie Biscuit Snacks

Albert Einstein said: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

I will leave you with that thought so you can get going with a few edible decorations for your child’s birthday party.

As always, remember to have fun too and let your child help with these decorations.

Image Sources: Geluk, Liewe Maatjie by Suretha du Toit