Parties in Dorset

Everyone remembers parties from their childhood, so when it’s your child’s turn to host a party, naturally you will want to make it extra special for them.

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to arrange a bespoke party, whether this is at home or a party venue of choice.

Many venues and entertainers offer a multitude of packages to suit different tastes and budgets, which you can read about in this party guide.

The great reward for all the effort, is a very happy child, who will be filled with plenty of fond memories...

 

So, what are the latest Children's Party Trends for 2018?

 

Science and Slime Parties

Science and Slime parties engage young minds with a combination of thrilling demonstrations, wacky experiments and plenty of hands-on activities. Many science party companies run age-related, interactive games so children can concoct exciting things such as gooey DIY slime, amazing bubbles and colour-changing potions. Enormous fun and educational too.

 

 

 

Unicorn, Rainbow and My Little Pony Parties

Unicorns, Rainbow and My Little Pony are big news at the moment, so if your child wants this as his or her party theme, you will be spoilt for choice as many shops and partyware stores currently provide a mass of items to suit all budgets.

Add an extra element of surprise with some fun quirky goodies such as rainbow juice, unicorn photo booth props, rainbow wands, unicorn magic potion or My Little Pony invites.

 

 

Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees

Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees are great places for the children to enjoy a mini adventure away from the watchful eye of the adults in charge. Inside their ‘secret’ den they can use their wildest imaginations to tell fantastic stories and play fun spy games. Furnish the tent or den with sparkly fairy lights or lanterns and pad it out with cosy rugs and comfortable cushions. A food hamper filled with a feast of cupcakes, chopped fruit and snacks will go down a treat too. For inspiration take a look at the Pinterest pages – fairy tents and indoor teepees

 

 

Computer Gaming Parties

Video game, console and coding parties bring birthday celebrations well into the 21st century, and have become hugely popular party options among boys and girls. The games can be put into an inclusive multiplayer mode enabling youngsters to challenge each other in a fun way. The choice of games is vast – choose from singing and dancing games, or football and Minecraft games, for example.

 

 

 

Ice-cream and Milkshake Parties

Ice-cream and milkshake parties offer a really appetising option, enabling guests to have fun concocting their own indulgent delicacy. Many family friendly cafes and venues provide this type of party where half the fun is consuming the final creation. Needless to say, this a great option for those on a budget, as the food is part of the package.

 

 

 

Party Checklist

Make sure you don't forget anything important by using this party checklist.  Click on the links below for more...

For parties at home click here

For parties at a venue click here

For party game ideas click here

For party food ideas click here

For an easy to make birthday cake click here

For party bag ideas click here

For invitation RSVP etiquette click here

For those 'Don't Forget Items' click here

For Five Pound Gift Ideas click here

 

Here are some details about party providers and entertainers close to you:

 

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Tel: 01202 622022

www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

It’s party time at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park – where there’s a simple booking process, friendly staff, happy children and no clearing up for you! Farmer Palmer’s party packages are built with you in mind. There’s acres of adventure for little ones to explore, hands-on animal experiences and brilliant birthday party rooms A variety of packages are available to suit your party size and budget. Tractor rides and party bags are also included.

 

Pop Idol for a Day

Tel: 01202 746049 or 07941 429313

www.popidolforaday.co.uk

For that unique birthday treat why not book a singing party at Pop Idol for a Day Recording Studio in Poole? They have various children’s birthday singing packages available where each singer goes away with a personalised CD and a party bag. All the latest songs are available and after the singing, the studio turns into a disco party. You can take food or order a pizza delivery to the studio. See the 5 Star reviews on Facebook.

 

 

 

Create at the Cove

Tel: 01929 400270

www.createatthecove.com

Create at the Cove offers a unique setting for children to enjoy a relaxing and calming birthday, creating something by themselves. Choose from either pottery painting or decopatch, or mix the two. The duration of a party booking is two-hours. Email createatthecove@hotmail.com for birthday literature or visit the website.

 

 

Lifestyle Active

www.lifestyle-active.co.uk

Lifestyle Active has parties to suit children across its sites. Parties include trampolining, Nerf, a bouncy castle, swimming, football and there are Footgolf Parties at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex in Christchurch. Plus, there are Monster Bounce, Nerf and sports parties at The Hub and Verwood Sites. Swimming, football, inflatable and spectacular climbing wall parties take place at the QELC in Wimborne. All parties are taken by trained enthusiastic staff ensuring a party to remember. For more information contact the centre direct to make a booking.

 

 

SportBU Kids

Tel: 01202 965012

www.facebook.com/SportBUPublic/

SportBU Kids’ Parties give children a brilliant way to celebrate their birthdays, as there are plenty of fun activities on offer such as magic, Crazy Creatures, Neon Nerf, a bouncy castle and specialist sports. Build your child’s special day the way you want it. Ask about the ‘Perfect Party Package’ where SportBU deliver fantastic deals, including the planning and organisation. Prices include 1 hour with a specialised instructor, a goody bag for the birthday child and 1 hour within an air-conditioned studio for birthday snacks.

 

Munchkins Play Café

Tel: 01305 753435

www.munchkinsplaycafe.co.uk

Parties at Munchkins Play Cafe are simply marvellous. Children are treated to a scrumptious party buffet and can enjoy their own exclusive play room. The best bit… is that all the clearing up afterwards is done for you. And breathe… The most popular parties are the Traditional Tea Party at just £7.95 and the Crafty Party at £11.95 per child. To book or find out more, just call or email for information and availability

 

 

 

Branscombe Dene Room

Tel: 01202 708181

www.poole.gov.uk/beaches

The Branksome Dene Room is set above Poole's beautiful award-winning beaches. The flexible space allows you to create the perfect birthday party, wedding, party, family gathering or meeting. Famous for its 360°views across the bay, this hidden gem offers a spectacular backdrop for any occasion. It has a seating capacity for 50 people, 80 if using the patio, ideal for barbeques and suitable marquees. Viewing is available by appointment.

 

Adventure Wonderland

Tel: 01202 483444

www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Looking for a perfect party venue? Then take a look at the award-winning family theme park Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport. There’s a thrilling new water ride and more than 30 outside rides, including the Runaway train, Ghostly Galleon and Battle Boats. There’s also Cuddle Corner farmyard, the south's largest hedge maze and the huge Aztec Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre. The kids will have a fabulous time, whatever the weather. The deal includes unlimited all-day full park play, exclusive use of a party room for one hour, a hot meal and ice lolly, plus one free adult place with every booked child.

 

Snowtrax

Tel: 01202 499155

www.snowtrax.eu

For children who love thrilling and action-packed parties, Snowtrax near Bournemouth Airport is the ideal party venue. Set amongst 6 acres of glorious alpine woodland, the atmosphere is ideal for an exhilarating ride down one of the ski slopes on either a ski-bob or a ringo. Snowtrax is an affordable choice and can cater for parties from 8 children up to 25. After an hour of either ski-bobbing or ringo-ing, the party guests move into the pine-clad party room for a sit-down meal and soft drink.

 

Nerf Attack

Tel: 07976 009825

www.nerfattack.com

Children's parties at Nerf Attack last two hours and include fun on the assault course, entry into the Nerf Battle zone and finish with camp fire cooking. Parties start with a warm up on the amazing assault course, followed by time in the battle zone for army style Nerf Games. To finish, Nerf Attack offers hot dogs cooked over an open fire, where children also have the opportunity to toast marshmallows, and devour other tasty party food. Nerf Games are run all year round and are suitable for children aged 6 years+.

 

Pavilion Dance South West

Tel: 01202 203630

www.pdsw.org.uk

Build your perfect dance party extravaganza with Pavilion Dance! Tailor your children’s party with a package that includes a birthday cake, 1 hour dance class in any style, a professional dance teacher, and a branded t-shirt and water bottle for the birthday boy or girl. Options to upgrade are also available to make sure that special day is one to remember for everyone.

 

Laser Quest, Bournemouth

Tel: 01202 556888

www.laserquestbournemouth.co.uk

It’s always party time at Laser Quest Bournemouth! Party packages include 2 or 3 games of Laser Quest and a refreshing soft drink. Dedicated party hosts look after the party guests in a reserved party area where they will be served delicious hot food, unlimited soft drinks, ice cream and the birthday cake. Laser Quest birthday parties are fun for everyone. They’re hassle free for parents and offer loads of fun for kids who leave with a party bag full of goodies. Other party options include the popular ‘Kids Club’ session.

 

Children’s Chocolate Parties

Tel: 01202 556857

www.childrenschocolateparties.co.uk

‘Children’s Chocolate Parties’ is continuing to grow rapidly. Covering all counties positioned between Bournemouth and London, business owner Leoni is able to visit your home or venue of your choice to run a fantastic chocolate party for your children. In Bournemouth, parties can also be held at Children’s Chocolate Parties’ own venue. An additional service, new this year, are cookery parties which can be held at home. Everything is provided and all-party goers can take home what they have made, apart from pizza making – where they sit and eat their creation. Suitable for all children aged from 6 to 13. There are different options to suit different ages.

 

Bella Ceramics

Tel: 01305 780343

www.bellaceramics.co.uk

Jo, Faith and George look forward to hosting your child’s party at Bella Ceramics. They offer a choice of Bronze, Silver and Gold party packages. Aside from the ceramic painting, Bella Ceramics can also supply hot or cold party food should you wish. The Bella Ceramics studio in Weymouth has a fresh and contemporary feel that creates a relaxed environment that is child friendly and welcoming, however should you want to host the party at a venue of your choice, Bella Ceramics can supply a ‘Painting Party in a Box’.

 

RockReef

Tel 01202 983983

www.rockreef.co.uk

For a fun packed party to remember, RockReef has the answer! RockReef offers fun and adventure with 28 climbing activities, an aerial obstacle course, a pier cave, vertical slide and a leap of faith jumping challenge. Party packages include 1 ½ hours activity time followed by a choice of hot or cold party food in the RockReef café. The party host will receive a free vertical slide and a voucher to return as a birthday present from RockReef.

 

Mayim Mermaid Academy

Tel: 07714 991075

www.mayimmermaidacademy.com

Mermaids have been spotted in the UK and Mermaid MerShell is now able to make a child’s dreams of being a mermaid or merman come true. The Mayim Mermaid Academy offers pool parties which will help children learn how to swim safely whilst having a ‘mermazing’ time as a real-life mermaid. All parties include tuition, pool hire, assistant instructors and lifeguards, tail hire and certificates. Photoshoots can be arranged for mermaids aged under 5 years old or for a group that doesn’t want to go in the water. One to one lessons and gift vouchers are also available. Parties are available to all children aged 6 years plus who are confident swimmers.

 

Creams Café

Tel: 01305 259955

www.creamscafe.com

Delight your child to a party at Creams dessert parlour in Dorchester’s Brewery Square, where an array of delicious puddings awaits all youngsters with a sweet tooth. This Italian/American ice-cream parlour serves up over 39 different types of ice-cream, and the freshly-made waffles, crepes and American cookie dough are sure to keep families staying around the venue that little bit longer. Being surrounded by such tasty delicacies it goes without saying that Creams is a truly wonderful spot for a birthday party.

 

 

Monkey World

Tel: 01929 401003

www.monkeyworld.org

Have a wild birthday at Monkey World! Children’s parties include an educational monkey hunt with a special gift for the winner, unlimited time in the park, full use of the play facilities, and tasty party food including a choice of a Jungle Feast or a Jungle Picnic. Two adults go free with each party group. Children’s parties are very popular so to avoid disappointment call to check or make a reservation.

 

 

 

 

Pop Starz in Training

Tel: 07864 780143

www.popstarzintraining.co.uk

Pop Starz is a new and exciting way to learn all the tricks of the trade. You will be taught to look and act like a real pop star. If you want to have fun, keep fit and love to sing, dance or even lip sync — this is the place for you. Plus, choose from popular party themes - favourite pop groups and movies. Dress up as your favourite pop idol, or group, or Disney character, learn a fun dance routine and enjoy some karaoke fun to a song of your choice. All parties can be adapted to the client’s choice.

 

Everyone Active

www.everyoneactive.com

Everyone Active offer a wide range of affordable and hassle-free parties which allow you and your child to focus on having as much fun as possible on their birthday. There are swimming parties with inflatables, multi-sports and football parties, soft play parties and even roller discos on offer. Packages and activities vary by centre but all offer one hour of an ‘activity’ followed by thirty minutes in the party room. For further details, contact your local Everyone Active centre.

 

Party Checklist

Party Checklist: For parties at home

 

Party Checklist: For parties at a venue

                  

Party game ideas

Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:

And here are a few new party game ideas – 

Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.

 

Party Food Ideas 

 

Birthday Cake 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

  1. Buy or bake a round sponge cake.
  2. Divide the cake into three parts, the middle should be slightly bigger than the two sides, which should be the same size as each other.
  3. Cut a V-shape at the end of the middle piece of cake (this is the hedgehog’s nose). Discard the two smaller pieces. Or eat them.
  4. Cover the middle piece of cake with thick chocolate icing.
  5. Place the two remaining pieces of cake on top of the iced piece, round side up, for the Hedgehog’s hump.
  6. Liberally cover the entire sponge with thick chocolate icing.
  7. Use chocolate buttons or flakes for the Hedgehog’s spines.
  8. The Hedgehog’s eyes and nose can be made using Smarties or similar.

Don’t forget the candles for the cake. They are often overlooked with all the other preparations.

 

Party bag ideas

 

Party politics - Invitation RSVP etiquette

For the party hosts

For the guests

 

Don't Forget Items!

 

 

Five Pound Gift Ideas

Does it seem like your child is attending a different birthday party each week? Needing suggestions for generic party gifts that won’t break the bank? If you are super-savvy you will have already stocked up on a number of general items in the Sales, if not, here are some ideas for a fiver:

 

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