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The Guide | How to Throw a Kids' Summer Party

There’s nothing like a gathering of friends and family in the sunshine to fill children with excitement and delight. Whether you’re planning a birthday party or a simple picnic, there are so many tips and tricks for making sure your summer gathering goes smoothly.


Party expert and tablescape artist Léa Sfeir knows a thing or two about a garden get-together."If the weather allows, outdoor birthdays are always the best," Léa tells us.The surprise appearance of a party entertainer dressed as your child's favourite character is always a huge hit." Read on for more party tips and, of course, our round-up of the best party outfits that will have them walking on sunshine.


Image by Meri Meri

28 May 2024
Etro - Girls Blue Floral Cotton Dress | ChildrensalonEtro
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Babidu - Boys Green Cotton Shorts Set | ChildrensalonBabidu
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Mayoral - Baby Girls Green Embroidered Floral Dress | ChildrensalonMayoral
39,00 £
Needle & Thread - Girls Ivory & Green Floral Chiffon Dress | ChildrensalonNeedle & Thread
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Into the Garden

While her indoor tablescapes are always spectacular, Léa Sfeir knows exactly how to add some magic to an outdoor children's party too. Tried-and-trusted tricks include placing jugs of flowers on the table for extra charm and providing different areas for eating, playing and chilling out — pitching up a cute tent or teepee in the garden will add excitement and also provide an escape from the sun's rays.

"The rustic texture of a linen tablecloth is perfect for the outdoors, and it will wash easily."

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"Make sure there are shady spots for kids to take a break from the sun."

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tents are fun

"I always choose juices rather than sodas and have easy-to-grab fruit."

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Let's Play Dress-Up

There’s nothing like a fancy-dress theme to add another layer of fun to a summer party. When children can spill out into the garden there’s so much more room for twirling, and those costumes always look fabulous glinting in the sunlight. Our top tip is to have a few spare costumes and accessories on standby for children who might have forgotten theirs. You could even have a rail of clothes for kids to dip in and out of.

"Channel woodland fairies or animals with Meri Meri's whimsical costume collection."

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Once upon a time there was a dragon

Every fairy princess needs her wand.

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Souza's roar-some lion outfit promises hours of fun.

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Fun in the Sun

If you're looking for a party icebreaker for children who might be a little shy or a way to keep younger children entertained, creating a toy corner in the garden is a great idea. A basket of games and some fun ride-on cars will keep little ones distracted while older siblings enjoy socialising and running around. A bubble machine is also a lovely way to create a sense of wonder in the garden without any worries about slippery floors.

The garden is the perfect place for fun and games with friends.

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A ride-on toy will keep kids entertained outside.

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Vilac has plenty of garden games to enjoy in the sun.

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Dress Code: Garden Party

Whether the invitation is formal or casual we have something for all your little ones. Babies will look adorable in romper suits, while older children will steal the show in charming, smocked dresses and tailored linen suits for a summer party. If the forecast says hot, don't forget to add a hat to their ensemble and for tweens and teens, a small bag with room for some sunscreen is always a good idea. 

Add colour to the proceedings with an array of petal shades.

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A comfy shorts set will keep them cool on a sunny day.

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Sunshine celebrations call for a floaty sundress.

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Images by Meri Meri, Léa Sfeir, Tartine et Chocolat, Mebi, Dress Up By Design, Vilac, Souza 

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