posted by guest blogger: Katherine
Kids love a good party, and during summer there’s nothing that beats a braai party. Preparation is key; you’ll need to have the right games to keep everyone entertained, tasty food, and cool decorations that’ll be loved by the kids and make those photo backgrounds look fab. However, sometimes it’s the little things that make things run smoothly for you, like having enough plates for everyone or knowing how to clean suede shoes when one of the guests gets theirs dirty. We’re going to show you how to throw the best summer braai kid’s party.
Decorating your garden
Decoration is a huge part of any kid’s party, and dressing up your garden will set the right tone. Don’t be afraid to go overboard with the amount of decorations you use or the brightness of the colours. Children love ‘over the top’ things and believe bigger is better!
Try these out:
- Garlands: Hang them from your trees, fences and around the tables. This is a chance to inject some really bright colours and incorporate a fun theme…
- Choose a theme: Ask your child what they would like. It could be a beach theme, complete with shells. Or maybe an animal theme, with inflatable crocodiles, elephants and monkeys. Of course, don’t forget the inflatable palm trees for the monkeys!
- Teepee: If you want something that the kids will really remember, an outdoor teepee or two will do the trick. They’ll love eating their food in one and in the unlikely event of the weather turning, you’ll have somewhere to keep them dry.
- Lighting: Of course, normally a braai would be held during the day, especially if it’s a kids party, but if it’s a family gathering that goes on into the evening, you’ll want to brighten the outdoor space up with fairy lights or alternative outdoor lighting.
choosing the right food
The best way of choosing the right foods is to talk to the parents to find out what their kids enjoy and buy accordingly. Something that you can pretty much guarantee will be well received is braaibroodjies. You could make a game out of getting the kids involved in making these tasty sandwiches – just make sure you’ve got plenty of filling options. This recipe is a pretty safe bet:
- 8 slices of bread
- Enough butter to spread
- Large tomato
- 2 cups of grated cheddar
- 2 tbsp of chutney or other condiment
- Slice the tomato
- Spread butter on one side of the bread
- Add chutney, grated cheese and tomato to the other side
- Place another slice of bread on top
- Lay the buttered side of the sandwich onto the grill and wait for the cheese to melt (should take around three minutes so turn over half way through)
No party is complete without games. The key is to plan in advance, have a few ideas up your sleeve, and be very enthusiastic. You can come up with your own, but these two should give you a little inspiration:
- Sweet treat treasure hunt: As simple as it sounds; simply hide some sweet treats around the garden and let the kids explore. Take it to the next level by adding in a few child-friendly cryptic clues about their locations.
- Obstacle courses/sack race: Set up an obstacle course for the kids to dive around or have a sack race around the garden. Perfect for tiring the kids out so that they’ll be ready to sit down and eat.
With running around the garden comes the potential for muddy clothes or grass stains on party shoes. Knowing how to easily clean a child’s top or successfully attacking the grass stains because you know how to clean suede shoes, can avoid little problems becoming a big deal, and allow the kids to focus on having fun.
Enjoy throwing the best summer braai kid’s party ever!