If your idea of hosting your child’s birthday is sitting on a sun-warmed deck, drinking your way through your cellar with a group of like-minded parents while your children play happily nearby, then you’ll also realise that it takes a bit more effort than it sounds.
Not only do you need to serve the food, host games and create fun, you also need to encourage positive interaction among the youngsters. After all, there’s the horrifying prospect that your children take their social cues from you, just as I thought the ‘Ben Ean Moselle’ ad represented the ultimate in party fun as a child in 1970s Sydney.
Nikki Buckland is a local mother and founder of Meet Make Create. She can help you to give your children more than just beer and skittles. ‘Children’s birthday parties are an integral part of their memories when they grow up, but can be stressful for the hosting parent at the time,’ says Nikki, who has some very good ideas.
‘We have a variety of options for creative parties either in our studio or at your choice of location. We arrange the creative activity, which then doubles as the goodie bag (goodbye sugar-filled highs and lows), we craft, laugh, have fun, create the unforgettable memories, clean up and exit stage left, while you enjoy the fun stuff with your children and their guests.’
Nikki quotes Albert Einstein: ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’. Young children fizz with creativity and I believe that every child is born creative. By encouraging creativity and imagination, we are promoting children’s ability to explore and comprehend their world and increasing their opportunities to make new connections and reach new understandings,’ she says.
‘Meet Make Create have created a thriving community of kids eager to use their imaginations, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. Apart from parties, we provide unique and inspirational creative workshops and believe that empowering kids to use their imagination to explore, take risks and experiment leads to creative thinking and problem solving. Empowerment and creativity produces beautiful art!’ she says.