Planning kid’s birthday parties does not have to be the hassle you think it should. Here are five creative, super cool ideas to decorate the party venue for maximum fun and enjoyment.

1. Superheroes, superheroes everywhere!

What’s it about superheroes that make them so appealing to the kids? Perhaps we’ll never know. What we do know however, is that all children love them! This makes superhero-themed decorations an absolute crowd-pleaser.

Begin the decoration by covering a wall with a dark paper roll (the colour blue will work best). Draw out the city skyline on the paper, taking help from superhero comic books. Print out some wall-size “wanted” posters of the villains as well as a couple of word bubbles and lighting bolts. Have the kids dress up in masks and cape and ask them to pose for photographs against the skyline background.

A good way to amp up the awesomeness of your superhero-themed birthday party is to go beyond the usual cape and mask. Create your own superhero party invitations and order a superhero cake. Get your hands on fun superhero cupcake toppers, paper cups and napkins as well. Also be sure to hire a superhero for additional entertainment.

2. Once upon a time…

Speaking of things that appeal the most to children, how about fairy tales? Following cues from the superhero party decoration above, you can create your own prince or princess invitations and costumes. Add prince and princess-themed party supplies to the mix – balloons, paper cups, tiaras, candles, cake and cupcake toppers plus, napkins and more – and viola! You are ready to serve up a fairy tale birthday party to the kids. Take it up a notch by hiring a princess to spread her magic and delight. You can have the little princes and princesses attending the birthday party strike a pose with the hired princess. Mail the photographs to the guests later, helping them remember the awesome fairytale-themed birthday party for years to come.

3. Abracadabra!

Indeed, a princess you hire can spread magic and delight to the children at your party. So can a magician! Magic is the bread and butter of magicians after all, isn’t it? You can create custom magic-themed party invitations such as this one (courtesy Pottery Barn Kids) to align the party decorations with the theme. Simply trace the outline of a bunny on white paper stock and the outline of a hat on black paper stock. You can have your child colour the eyes, nose, ears and whiskers of the bunny, helping them feel more involved with the party planning and decorations.

Once the hats are cut out, write the invitation details on them. Lay the finishing touch by decorating the hats using red ribbons. Enclose the invitation in a red envelope to go with the magic theme.

For the decorations, include props such as capes, magic wands, top hats, rabbit cut outs and the good old confetti, to create a backdrop of magic. You can cut out stars, coins and confetti using cherry red and turquoise-colour paper stock. Have the cake customised to use the words abracadabra or, colour-

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