Party Guide

Updated for 2024

Your child’s birthday - it’s the one day out of the 365 that is extra special to you and your child, so naturally, you want to make it a memorable day! To help you decide what to do for your child’s party, what party treats to buy or what entertainer to use in Cornwall we’ve added some top tips for you here...




So, what are the latest Children's Party Trends?

Science and Slime Parties
Science and Slime parties engage young minds with a combination of thrilling demonstrations, wacky experiments and plenty of hands-on activities. Many science party companies run age-related, interactive games so children can concoct exciting things such as gooey DIY slime, amazing bubbles and colour-changing potions. Enormous fun and educational too.  Find slime-making recipes here

LEGO / Plastic Block Construction Block Parties
The ever-popular construction toy provides a perfect birthday party theme for curious and creative children of all ages. If your child has a reasonably sized stash themselves then you may not even need to buy any more blocks. Should you want to purchase more supplies, however, stores such as Wilko have their own LEGO-compatible blocks that can be used. Games and activities can include block vehicle building and racing, scavenger hunts and tower building amongst many other ideas. Check out our LEGO ideas Pinterest board.

Swimming Pool Parties
A number of swimming pools across the region, particularly smaller and private ones will offer the opportunity for small groups to hire the facilities and equipment for the exclusive use of partygoers. These will often come with allocated sanitised changing facilities and depending on the venue, you may be able to hire a room afterwards to continue your child’s celebrations.

Circus & Funfair Parties
Roll up! Roll up! Party hire and prop hire companies often have sets of circus or funfair equipment that can be borrowed for an unforgettable party experience. Sets usually include juggling balls, rings, diablos, spinning plates on the circus side as well as traditional games such as ‘ hook the duck’, tin can alley and target shooting range for a fun fair experience. You can also add your own touches with face painting, a children’s entertainer or whatever you see fit. Find more ideas on Pinterest here.

Cinema Parties
Many independent and larger chain cinemas can help you to arrange a private screening of a child’s favourite film is available on request by hiring one of their screens. Failing that, you can always take a small group to a traditionally scheduled screening.

Outdoor Parties
Whilst it may be true that you cannot rely on Devon to make things easy to organise a child’s birthday party outside, there are still plenty of options available to you but you may want to keep an indoor backup option available. Forest schools often offer party packages with a vast array of nature-based activities facilitated by their staff which may include bushcraft, den building, campfire cooking and more
Alternatively, if you want to do everything from scratch, you could do activities at a local park, beach or your favourite woodland abiding by any rules and restrictions in place.

Computer Gaming Parties
Video game, console and coding parties bring birthday celebrations well into the 21st century and have become hugely popular party options among boys and girls. The games can be put into an inclusive multiplayer mode enabling youngsters to challenge each other in a fun way. The choice of games is vast – choose from singing and dancing games, or football and Minecraft games, for example.

Festival Parties
If your youngster is a music and camping fan, why not curate their own festival for them? Best organised in your own garden or private land, you can have lots of fun making it bespoke to your own needs or interests. There are lots of scopes to be as creative as you like, even making invitations to look like tickets and homemade VIP passes to be given to guests on arrival
For music, why not involve your child in creating their own special party playlist with tunes that they love to dance to and play party games to or use any children’s musical instruments that they may have to make their own band
To create a comfortable outdoor space, use cushions, rugs, throws and any teepees, gazebos or tents that you have lying around or can borrow from friends or hire. Children can create their own bunting or other crafts either before or after the party and enjoy hair braiding, using biodegradable glitter to customise how they look. Find more ideas at the Netmums website

Sports Parties
There are lots of local companies that provide sports-themed parties at a venue of your choice to meet most interests as well as the most popular options such as football and multi-sport. These sessions will be geared to your child’s age and contain energetic and fun games and activities themed around the sports of your choosing.

Arts and Craft Parties
Across the region, you will find lots of suppliers and locations that will host craft sessions such as pottery painting as well as art sessions which produce a long-lasting memento of a special birthday party.
Alternatively, you can buy your own supplies from most high street stores such as The Works, WilkoHobbycraft, supermarkets, online or via your local Scrapstore. at

Party Checklist

Make sure you don't forget anything important by using this party checklist.  Click on the links below for more...

Party providers in Cornwall
Parties at home  >>> Click Here
Parties at a venue  >>> Click Here
Party game ideas  >>> Click Here
Party food ideas  >>> Click Here
Easy-to-make birthday cake   >>> Click Here
Party bag ideas  >>> Click Here
Invitation, RSVP etiquette  >>> Click Here
For those 'Don't Forget Items'  >>> Click Here
Five Pound Gift Ideas  >>> Click Here


Here are some details about party providers and entertainers in Cornwall:



Player Ready Truro

Tel: 01872 487194

VIP and party packages are available for kids, adults, teens and groups in their Truro location with opportunities to enjoy their PC Powered VR Headsets, racing simulators for immersive race action and Xbox Console Gaming Zone for team gaming on popular titles - see the website for details of the activities that are available


The Tide Climbing Centre
Tel: 01841 531134

Celebrate your birthday climbing at The Tide! You can join them for a birthday party filled with climbing, fun and pizza! During your visit you'll get 1.5 hours of both rope climbing and bouldering with one of their awesome instructors! Not only this, but you'll get a pizza buffet, exclusive use of their party room and a sustainable party bag!



Raze the Roof
Tel: 01326 377481

One of the great perks to a Raze the Roof annual membership is getting 15% off the cost of parties. This works out to be fantastic value as all parties include soft play, a choice of food, unlimited juice, free adult entry, plus a return voucher for the birthday child. Laser fun and a character theme can be added too! There are three awesome, themed and decorated rooms to choose from or grab a decorated table in the restaurant. A range of packages is available, suitable for children aged from one to twelve years of age.


The Party People Cornwall
Tel: 01208 851733 

Timbo has been providing magical childrens' entertainment in Cornwall for over 15 years

With a 2hr party he can be with you from start to finish applying his experience to ensure a stress free, unforgettable party. The birthday VIP can even become an assistant and be the real star of the show.

Entertainment includes a mini disco, party games, magic show, balloon modelling, juggling and party dancing for gold medals.  In addition to his ‘Magical Birthday Show’ Timbo can provide entertainment to suit various themes including Christmas, Easter, Halloween,‘Superhero’, ‘Princess and Pirate’   There is no limit to the number of children you can invite and joint parties are always welcome

Please email for availability and queries


Jules the Children's Entertainer

Tel: 07779 306497

Jules is a professional ventriloquist, entertaining audiences all over the country and on TV. The amazing Jules thrills audiences with her characters namely, Oswald the chicken and the ever-popular Monkey. Jules also provides a disco with lights, a zany, interactive magic show and for the older children, a pop quiz, games, and party dances. In fact, the complete entertainment package provides a magical adventure that even the adults will enjoy. But the star of the party will always be the birthday child…


Jungle Jacks
Tel: 01637 852890

Jungle Jacks have their own Jungle Tree-House party room for hire, an exclusive area overlooking the play centre with a party package to suit everyone. This includes 90 minutes of soft play followed by 30 minutes of party room fun. They provide hot and cold party buffets, unlimited squash, and ice cream and when it's cake time you might even get a visit from Jungle Jack himself! The party price is just £15.00 per head with a minimum attendance of 10 children and a £50 deposit is required to secure the booking.

Party Includes - Party invitations, 90 minutes of playtime on Jack’s adventure playframe, 30 minutes in the party room with hot & cold buffet party food, Cake ceremony with a visit from Jungle Jack himself! (cake not included), Unlimited squash throughout the party, Jungle Throne for the birthday boy/girl, 1 free return pass for the birthday boy/girl, A free cup of tea or coffee for the birthday boy/girl’s parents/guardians.


Paradise Park
Tel: 01736 753365

Party in Paradise! The JungleBarn at Paradise Park is a great place to hold your birthday party. Fantastic indoor play is guaranteed ranging from an area just for toddlers to massive drop slides. Our special rooms are beautifully painted with Jungle or Pirate themes, and make sure you go and see all the birds and animals as well. Your own themed room in the JungleBarn • The birthday child’s name on the party room door • Individual-named party food boxes which include a little gift • Party organiser free with each party and there is a discounted price for additional people • Entry to the whole of the Park (during normal opening hours) to see the wonderful birds and animals plus daily events & quizzes.
Minimum of 10 children. Get in touch to book your party! Email:, call 01736 758720. Paradise Park, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB.


Camel Creek
01841 540276

Details of the 2024 party package are still to be announced.   The park reopens on 16th March 2024 - visit their website and social media for more information at this time


China Fleet
01752 848668

Adventure awaits the birthday child on China Fleet's Woodland Adventure Golf Course or Toptracer Driving Range. Available from April to October, attendees can play 18 holes of Adventure Golf or 1 hour of interactive fun on the Top Tracer Driving Range.  Also available as part of the package are party invitations, decorations, party masks, unlimited squash, pizza, sandwiches (ham and cheese), crisps, vegetable crudites and use of the indoor seating area in The Cabin - cafe and bar. 


Raze the Roof

01326 377481

The great thing is that Raze the Roof entertains children and adults alike because of their Virtual Reality and Laser Tag arena attractions alongside soft play. Plus parents are welcome
to enter the play frame to play with their children too. Older children and parents alike can play alongside the younger ones with one of these activities giving entertainment to the whole family!
Budget busting birthday parties and meal deals with play included are a saving when booked
for a weekday. From play to birthday parties, VR to laser tag, book your family fun via the website

Party Checklist

Party Checklist: For Parties At Home

• Decide on the timings and date of the party
• Decide how many children you can comfortably accommodate
• Send out the invitations
• Sort out the entertainment if it’s required.
• Plan in the fun factor or create a theme
• Sort out a music-playing device
• Select party games for the children to play
• Source decorations, party tableware, balloons and party hats
• Purchase the food and drink
• Get the birthday cake


Party Checklist: For Parties At A Venue

• Sort out party numbers
•Create a small list of your child’s favourite party venues in preferential order
• Check the availability of the venues and if there are any special deals
• Book a date and time with the venue. Pay the deposit
• Get the name and telephone number of the main party organiser at the venue
• Get the party invitations from the venue and send them out
• Sort out the food with the venue and establish whether a birthday cake is supplied
• Confirm numbers with the venue prior to the day


Party Game Ideas

Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:
• Pass the Parcel
• Musical Statues
• Musical Bumps
• Musical Chairs
• Chinese Whispers
• Blind Man’s Donkey
• Animal Charades
• Treasure Hunt

And here are a few new party game ideas:
The Tray Game • Dead Ants • Doughnuts on a String • Marsh-mallow Bobbing • Piñata Games
Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.


Party Food Ideas 

• The birthday cake!
• A choice of sandwiches with simple fillings
• Chopped-up vegetables with dips
• Breadsticks
• Cheese straws
• Potato wedges
• Pizza slices
• Mini sausages and sausage rolls
• Cheese and pineapple on sticks (or uncooked sticks of spaghetti)
• Crisps and popcorn
• Chopped fruit
• Mini-sponge cakes
• Jelly Boats are made from scooped-out and quartered oranges.
• Ice-cream
• Drinks: Either orange and blackcurrant squash, fruit water, fruit juice, milkshakes or plain water


Birthday Cake 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

  1. Buy or bake a round sponge cake.
  2. Divide the cake into three parts, the middle should be slightly bigger than the two sides, which should be the same size as each other.
  3. Cut a V-shape at the end of the middle piece of cake (this is the hedgehog’s nose). Discard the two smaller pieces. Or eat them.
  4. Cover the middle piece of cake with thick chocolate icing.
  5. Place the two remaining pieces of cake on top of the iced piece, round side up, for the Hedgehog’s hump.
  6. Liberally cover the entire sponge with thick chocolate icing.
  7. Use chocolate buttons or flakes for the Hedgehog’s spines.
  8. The Hedgehog’s eyes and nose can be made using Smarties or similar.

Don’t forget the candles for the cake. They are often overlooked with all the other preparations.


Party Bag Ideas

• Books or small colouring-in books
• Glowsticks
• Glitter Tattoos
• Small packs of pencils
• Bubbles
• Balloons
• Stickers
• Small bag of sweets
• Finger puppets
• A paper glider
• Decorate your own paper party bag
• Cake Pops
• A piece of birthday cake or a cupcake


Party Politics - Invitation RSVP Etiquette

For the party hosts

For the guests
• RSVP as soon as you can, whether your child can make it or not.

• If something happens on the day of the party, and your child can no longer attend, let your hosts know ASAP.
• If you are running late, or need to leave early then let the hosts know in advance.
• If you have not RSVP’d then don’t just turn up uninvited.


Five Pound Gift Ideas

Does it seem like your child is attending a different birthday party each week? Needing suggestions for generic party gifts that won’t break the bank? If you are super-savvy you will have already stocked up on a number of general items in the Sales, if not, here are some ideas for a fiver:
• Colouring-in sets and basic craft kits

• Travel and Pocket games
• Top Trumps
• Books, jotters or notepads
• Pamper packages filled with hair bands, bobbles and snazzy hairclips
• Nail art kits
• Superhero action figures
• Vouchers


Don't Forget Items

• Candles for the cake
• Candleholders
• Matches
• Cake Knife
• You may wish to include party bags for unexpected siblings
• Printable directions, including the postcode of the party venue

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