Looking for some inspiration for your little one’s next birthday party? Here are some of my favourite kids party essentials from my toddler’s recent birthday that he absolutely loved! 

Lucy Sparkles & Friends

If you are looking for entertainers who can do it all from singing games, rhymes, parachute play, choreographed dancing, children’s percussion, puppets, games, action songs, face painting, tattoos and bubbles then Lucy Sparkes is the one. Perfect for ages 0-6 you can tailor the party to be totally unique to your little one. From amazing themes and entertainer costumes like Superheros, Paw Patrol, Mermaids and In the Jungle to choosing the music, your party can be truly unique to you. 

For my car mad son’s third birthday party we had a car theme, everything was cars from the decorations to the cake but best of all was the Lucy Sparkles entertainer arriving as a racing car driver. The excitement levels from the little ones was unrivalled and my little one hasn’t stopped talking about his party since. I was so impressed how simple the booking process is and they called a few days in advance to ask about Rollo’s interests and song requests that could be incorporated into the entertainment. We celebrate his birthday every year with his godparents and their kids so there is always a big range of ages ( from 18 months to 7 years old) but Lucy Sparkles was  amazing at entertaining them all together. It was so lovely to see all the kids playing together and having the most amazing time; but best of all the parents got to enjoy a little grown up time and a glass of wine in the sunshine, so it really was a win win for everyone. I will definitely be doing another Lucy Sparkles birthday party next year. 

Meri Meri Decorations 

Meri Meri has always been my go to for my son’s birthday party decorations as they do the sweetest themes and have thought of everything from balloons, candles and cake decorations to garlands and plates. Last year we did the Peter Rabbit theme which was adorable and this year it was all about racing cars. The racing car theme was so gorgeous that even parents could appreciate the stunning vintage-inspired classic race car designs too. My son found the box of party decorations a few days before the party and I am not sure I have ever seen a more excited toddler, it was all he could talk about. 

Here are some of my favourites from the party…

Hummingbird Bakery 

We all like to limit the amount of sugar our little ones consume but what is a birthday party without a cake? I love a Hummingbird Bakery cake and have had one for all of my sons birthday parties. They are delicious and freshly baked using only high quality ingredients and have a brilliant offering of vegan and gluten free options as well, so you can cater for all your guests needs. This year the cake was even more exciting with the launch of  their new collection of kids birthday cakes and cupcakes which will guarantee to be the talk of the playground and create magical memories. The collection features a stunning array of themed cakes any little one could  love from Trains to Football and Magical Creatures, each one a masterpiece in itself which made the party even more special.


Yummy food is always key for any party and a kids party is no different. To make things a little easier ( because kids parties are always a little hectic) here are some of our favourite places to get delicious catering or hampers perfect for both adults and little ones.

Ottolenghi Catering

Known for their delicious recipes which are rooted in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean traditions Ottolenghi is perfect if you’re looking for a gorgeous selection of salads and meats and fish for the ultimate decadent lunch.

Pique Food

The perfect way to create the ultimate picnic experience. With hampers packed full of delicious treats you can order anything from breakfast delights to finger foods and sandwiches there is something for everyone.

Grape and Fig 

If you like the concept of grazing then Grape and Fig is perfect for you. Known for creating stunning platters of the finest cheeses, cured meats, antipasti, dips and accompaniments this is the ultimate centrepiece that will wow your guests.

Il Porticciolo

Kids parties are the perfect time to get your little one all dressed up. Il Porticciolo is the sweetest traditional Italian boutique made in gorgeous quality. With a variety of plain colours, incredible fabrics, traditional hand and machine-smocked dresses, and embroidered collar shirts with heirloom standards your little one is going to look adorable in any outfit.

Here are some of our favourites…

words by Louise af Petersens