Childrens Parties in Edinburgh

Parties in Edinburgh

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 2019?


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:


TimeTwisters Play and Party CentreImage result for time twisters edinburgh

Tel: 0131 639 0186

Your child’s birthday party is one of the most important days of their year. Over the past 12 years, TimeTwisters has built an unrivalled expertise in making sure their parties offer an exciting, fun and memorable experience. As an award-winning kid’s birthday party specialist in Edinburgh, it offers a wide choice of parties and options to ensure all guests have great fun. From Soft-Play parties to Make-A-Bear and Laser-Tag parties, the party team know what it takes to make your child’s special day an extra special one. With a TimeTwisters birthday party, you know you’re in safe hands and can relax and enjoy the day as much as the children.


Tel: 0131 448 2170

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a pop star? Wonder no more! Go to Yoo-Star to give party guests all the thrills they could hope for. Dress up in a glamorous dressing room for a photo-shoot, experience the thrill of being on stage in a funky stage area and enjoy a backstage rider. Then, record what you like at Yoo Star’s professionally designed studio, see yourself live on TV, sit with the engineer to mix songs, enjoy the VIP lounge and have a professionally designed cover featuring the party group. Yoo-Star caters for everyone from friends having fun, to demos for record companies and tracks for worldwide release.



Almond Valley
Tel: 01506 414957

Birthday parties at Almond Valley are special occasions as children are left with big smiles and happy memories. Almond Valley parties uniquely include: A brightly decorated room that serves as a base for the two hour duration of the party, a choice of delicious party food, party badges, tooters, an exclusive tractor and trailer ride, a play session in the Morag’s Meadow soft play and a chance to stay on and play on the farm after the party. Goody bags can also be supplied.


Tel: 0131 229 1399

Doodles offer a great party package for up to 30 children in its Marchmont studio. Party packages include shelf items such as figurines and plaques, as well as standard mugs, bowls or plates. Glaze fired items are ready for collection after 4-5 days. Party time is divided between painting followed by a birthday tea. Doodles don't supply food but the studio offers complimentary teas or coffees for adults, and juice or water for children - most people take along a selection of finger foods, treats and a cake. Parties can be customised to suit party budgets. Doodles can also offer a take home party in a box kit, as well as decopatch and acrylic options.


Pure Brilliant Events
Tel: Bex on 07593 332744

Edinburgh-based, Pure Brilliant Events offers parties all over the city centre and the Lothians. It specialises in face painting and balloon modelling at private parties and public events. It also offers glitter tattoos, balloon displays/decorations and there’s a popcorn and candy floss machines for hire too. Pure Brilliant Events’ rates start from just £35 for an hour and there are fantastic savings to be had with the party package deals. For enquiries, contact Bex at


Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Tel: 0131 445 4433

Fancy a party with a difference? If so, why not try a tubing party? For an exhilarating ride down the hill, slide down the purpose built tubing runs in an inflatable doughnut ring – it’s great fun for all the party guests! After an exhilarating hour's tubing, enjoy a meal in the special party room below Cafe 360. Skiing, snowboarding and tubing are all available at Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Britain’s largest artificial slope.


World of Football and World of Bowling
Tel: 0131 443 0404 and

The friendly team at World of Football and World of Bowling know how to keep the kids happy, by delivering a perfect party experience. Parties are stress and mess free, so why not leave your house in perfect order and take the kids to either the World of Bowling or World of Football? There’s a wide range of party options to suit children of all ages. Why not, get in touch to organise your child's bowling, football or bubble party today? Find the World of Bowling and World of Football at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 10 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ.



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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