A Traditional Children’s Birthday Party

A traditional Birthday Party

Some of my best memories are of the simple (although I never thought of them as simple) parties I had in my Nanny’s throughout my childhood.
All my cousins and friends would be there, loads of sweets, pass the parcel, musical statues and the best of all, the traditional birthday cake, butter cream or fresh cream, all anyone wanted was the little edible roses on the icing! Not forgetting our party bags filled with goodies when leaving!

Now a days there’s more than one way to have kids party’s, there’s hundreds! Which is great and with all the options available there’s plenty to cater to all tastes.
Sometimes though, all we want is a small tea party for our tots, especially when so young and something like this is really easy and stress free to organise.

My list below is a fail safe way to have a traditional little party to mark your child’s birthday.

The invitations – print from Pinterest or buy a pack from any stationary

The decorations – balloons, confetti, banners and bunting! amazing options from Flying Tiger at very affordable prices. They also have a great range of paper plates and cups and serving trays.

The food – you can get packs of finger food such as pastizzi and sausage rolls from the likes of lidl and Miracle foods. For Conor’s 1st Birthday we got it all from Maypole and they cooked it all for us so just had to pick up from the shop and serve! Everyone’s happy, no mess at home! This is a great service they offer.

The sweets – I like lidl for their sweets and crisps, you can buy big bags of crisps and jelly’s which you can also pop in to the party bags.

Party bags – I have seen really cute ones at tal lira and Tiger… tiger also do little €1 party tricks and accessories that can be thrown in.
Miss Ellen’s Sweet shop in St. Venera is also ideal for these!

Games – these will differ based on the age group but timeless games like pass the parcel are great fun – you wrap a present up multiple times and the kids pass to one another with music in the background. The music stops various times and whoever the present lands on for the last opening, wins the prize.
Getting the kids up to sing and dance is always good too.

The cake – like I said at the start, you can’t go wrong with your traditional butter or fresh cream sponge cake nicely decorated. Maypole do great cakes and there are many small cake businesses doing beautiful bespoke ones.

The traditional Maltese “Il-Quccija”
This is a lovely tradition for a first birthday.
You lay out some items –
A wooden spoon (chef)
A calculator (accountant)
An egg (life of abundance)
A comb (hair stylist)
A book (smart/studious)
And so on…
Then you leave your little one near the items and whichever one they pick up is supposed to be a sign of what they will do in the future… very cute! And a great photo to get!

Above all don’t stress and enjoy these memorable occasions… the kids don’t care as long as they’ve goodies!

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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