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By Suzette Camacho
PARENTS HAVE A million things to deal
with regarding their kids --- including
schoolwork, extra-curricular, special needs,
health, hygiene, building character, and
more. Lots to juggle! Planning your child's
birthday celebration is one of the big events
of the year. When doing so, keep in mind a
few key factors such as budget, weather,
your child's preferences, and always re-
member that a party can be very small,
with six or fewer kids, and still be a memo-
rable experience for your child. There are
many creative and inexpensive ways to
host a birthday party for your child through
many easy DIY ideas. Locally, there's a lot
to offer once you keep an open mind about
locations and innovative themes. Get cre-
ative parents! Use the Internet to research
themes; there are so many to choose from.
Here are some ideas to help get you started
on creating a fun and memorable birthday
Transform your backyard/living room/pool
area into party-land with your specialised
• Splish Splash Pool Party
• Adventure/Treasure Hunt/Pirates
• Jungle or Safari
• Fashion and Tea Party
• Under the Sea
• Luau/Hawaiian Party
• Disco Party
• Movie Night Under the Stars: Rent a pro-
jector and a screen, erect in the backyard,
feature your child's movie of choice and
this is a wonderful experience at night for
the kids! Get creative with this theme and
make party favours, cake and other props
to match the theme of the movie being
shown. Don't forget popcorn is a must!
• Slumber Party
• Fairytale Party
• Nintendo and Wii Gamer Party, for older
• Craft and Pottery: Bead Café and Create
With Me offer wonderful packages! See
Facebook for more info.
• Gymnastics: Aerial Sky Kids offer a unique
party experience at your home or any
venue! See Facebook.
• Little Chef: Plan a fun kids menu, get
aprons, chef hats and have the kids make
a great meal that they can enjoy after-
wards! And don't forget the kiddie non-al-
coholic sparkling grape juice to make a
toast to the birthday girl/boy!
Other Party Location Ideas
• Emperor Valley Zoo: Animal/Explorer
• Jungle Gym/Samaan Park, Chaguaramas:
• Beach Party at Maracas or Store Bay!
• Zip-lining Party: Available in Chaguaramas
from ZIPITT or in Arima from Adventure
• Botanical Gardens: San Fernando Hill, Fort
George: Picnic Party
• Queens Park Savannah: Football Picnic
and Sports Party
• Funstation Party Rooms: South Trinidad
• Funsplash Water Park, Debe: Splish
• Horse Ranches: Cowboy/Cowgirl Party:
Bonanza Farms and other horse ranches
• National Science Centre Party Room and
Playpark, D'Abadie: Science/Explorer Party
• Movietowne Party Rooms (can incorpo-
rate movies into the party): Hollywood,
Rock Star, or Glamour Girl Party
• Local fastfood outlets' Playpark and Party
Rooms: Any theme
• Local Spas: Spa Party: Treat the girls to
some cute makeovers! Some spas allow
you to reserve their rooms for a few hours
and they specially cater for the party.
• Hiking/Adventure Party: Contact a rep-
utable touring company who can offer a
kid-friendly hike to a waterfall, and cele-
brate with your child and a group of their
friends on this fun trek!
• Inflatable Fun at your Community Park:
Host an inflatable fun party with water
slides, bouncy houses, inflatable rock
climbing wall and more! There are some
great local companies that rent fun inflat-
ables for parties!
Celebrate with a Dinner or Lunch Party
Have a great party at your local family
restaurant for your child and his/her close
friends. Once allowed, you can add personal
touches to the table and include games and
crafts appropriate to the setting.) And don't
forget to ask them if you can bring your
cake or if they can supply one for you!
The Birthday Cake Dilemma
The cake is a big focal point for any child's
party. Here are some tips for deciding what
type of cake to get:
Work out a budget
Cakes can be very expensive depending on
the design, size and theme. Ensure that you
budget for your party and allocate a fixed
amount for the birthday cake. Don't get in
over your head with the cost!
Decide on the cupcake or cake alterna-
Cupcakes are becoming a great alternative
to a large cake. They can be arranged in
tiers on a stand with a small round/square
cake at the top for cutting/blowing out can-
dles. Cupcakes are easy to distrib-
ute at a party, plus they can be
made in miniature sizes to
avoid wastage with the
younger kids. Large/full sized
cakes are great for the "Wow"
factor and can display a theme
very effectively through sculpture,
intricate handmade design, picture
Find a baker that suits you
Use recommendations from
friends if you have no experience
in ordering cakes. Do not blindly
choose a baker/decorator, as you do not
want to have any regrets on that big day!
Ask around, browse Facebook, look at pic-
tures of local creations, and check out Trini
Some things to ask when choosing a baker:
• Do they use filling and multiple layer
• Do they make cakes from scratch?
• What's the waiting period/advance notice
• Can they re-create a cake exactly from a
picture you provide?
• Which flavours of frosting do they offer?
• Ask for suggestions for cake designs for
the party theme you have in mind, and see
if you like them.
• And, of course, get an estimated cost of
the cake you discuss before you commit!
• I've learnt that the more questions a baker
asks you the better the baker will be for
you! This indicates that the person is gen-
uinely interested in satisfying your special
There are many local bakers who are very
skilled in bringing your party theme to life!
Check out Trini Moms for listings!
Suzette Camacho is the founder of Trini
Moms, the first parenting network in Trinidad
and Tobago. Check their website Trini-
Moms.com or their Facebook page for upcom-
ing events for kids and the entire family.
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