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It wouldn’t be wrong if we officially christened 2020 as a tumultuous year. It’s a time we would all like to forget. We have lost out on so much. Kids parties took a different turn in 2020. From socially distanced parties taking place on the driveway, to singing happy birthday songs on the door step.

A void left in our hearts as we have missed hugging our friends and family. Children have missed school and the enjoyment of celebrating their birthdays with their friends. It’s been a tough time, but as rightly said ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, and we are all slowly moving in that direction.

With the ease of the lockdown restrictions in phases, people are gearing up to meet their near and dear ones. Children’s birthday parties, milestone celebrations, garden parties and entertaining are definitely on the horizon this summer. Be it rain or sunshine, little happy gatherings are going to be inevitable. We no longer need a reason to celebrate. We cannot wait to start planning parties. We will be celebrating our friends and family, hugs and cuddles, and the joy of going back to normality.

At Party Genie, we have missed planning parties for our lovely clients. Just the thought of being able to plan magical kid’s parties and creating bespoke décor ideas once again, have brought a smile to our faces. We believe in making magical memories. Hence, we have been working very hard behind the scenes to bring to you the most popular ‘Kids party trends in 2021.’

Here are some of our favourites party trends that have taken the children’s birthday parties to a different level.

– Individual grazing boxes / platters
Grazing tables were the focal point of a lot of birthday parties and celebrations in 2019. Once Covid hit, businesses shrunk the goodness of a grazing table into a box or smaller platters for each household. These are boxes of heaven for mini food lovers, consisting of a selection of handcrafted sandwiches, dips, fruits, crackers, mini cakes and various sweet and savoury delectable goodies. Keeping in mind the current situation, individual packed boxes or platters work really well. They are bespoke and look too good to eat. But most importantly, In the current climate, they are relatively covid-safe.

– Instagram-able installations
Instagram worthy décor and backdrops are extremely sought after. At Party Genie we take pride in creating such installations. Nowadays, everyone wants to outdo themselves with backdrops and decor that look larger than life. Whether your party is for a child’s birthday or an adult, having a décor with a wow factor is key. With our extraordinary backdrop offerings, we want everyone to go ‘WOW’ the minute they see the displays, be it larger than life balloon garland installations, shimmer backdrops, or ceiling suspended flower arrangements. If it does not go on to your guest’s Instagram stories, then it hasn’t made the cut.

– Say it with flowers
Whether using dried florals or fresh flowers, they can make any birthday party or celebration look beautiful. Flower displays elevate the sense of style and sophistication of a celebration. Elaborate floral backdrops to delicate floral centrepieces seem to be an integral part of every soiree.

– Outdoor parties
Thanks to Covid-19 gracing us with its presence last year, we have definitely seen a rise in outdoor birthday parties and celebrations. Elaborate outdoor picnics and kids summer parties will be the norm in 2021. Celebrating outdoors gives us the flexibility and peace of mind of enjoying the open space without being worried about being confined in closed spaces, with loved ones.

– Large LED light up letters
These are one of my most favourite décor ideas for children’s birthday parties. At Party Genie, we love using large 4ft LED light up letters. Be it a jungle themed first birthday party, or a superhero themed 5th birthday party, we love giving our kids parties that extra oomph with these amazing light up letters. These are so popular, that we have actually used these at 40th birthday party celebrations for some of our ‘not so little clients’ too.

– Layered tablescapes
Layers while styling a table gives it a very stylised look. Multiple layers add height and texture to the table setting. From charger plates to a beautifully draped ribbon around the cutlery bring the entire themed look together. Aesthetically decorated placemats, name cards, menus and favours bring a tablescape to life.

– Showstopper cakes
A birthday party is never complete without a visually stunning and obviously delicious cake. At parties you see kids jumping with joy at the mere sight of it. ’Multi-layered, bespoke cakes have become quite popular at children’s birthday parties. If you are celebrating a unicorn themed party, you’d expect nothing less than a magical unicorn cake with a sparkling horn adorning the cake table with great poise.

– Elaborate dessert tables
Displaying a tall cake on a dessert table is a unique way of making a statement. We love creating elaborate dessert tables especially for our children’s parties consisting of a wide ranging spread of luscious goodies, dessert tables have a certain symmetry to them. An eye catching cake table with desserts arranged aesthetically can be one of the most striking features of a party.

– Teepee sleepover parties
The lockdown has seen an increase in fun-filled Teepee sleepover parties at homes. Lockdown and its ever-changing restrictions, have made the usual birthday celebrations with friends almost impossible. This has led to many parents, going the extra mile within the restrictions, to ensure their child still gets to celebrate their big day. For many this has meant that the Teepee sleepover party has still taken place despite the invitation list having obviously been family only! Kids have missed out on so much time with friends over the last year, parents will now be gearing up for sleepovers once we get back to normality. Teepee tents create add a bit more excitement to the sleepovers, so this stylist trend is definitely here to stay.

– Personalised party bags
Kids and adults alike love a bag of goodies! At any birthday party, the kids wait expectantly at the very end, excited to pick up their bag of goodies, delving in headfirst with a heightened sense of anticipation at what might be in there! At Party Genie, we go all out on our party bags, offering party bags that can be personalised with the theme and individual names. We try not to go overboard on the sweets and plastic tat as it’s always appreciated when the goodies in the party bags are well thought out and age appropriate for the little guests. A useful and beautifully packed party favour stays on their minds for a long time.