Most parties we go to involve finger sandwiches, jugs of squash and peeling pizza off the walls at the end.
But they can be fun. Especially if you book one of these recommended gems, below.
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Inspiring and exciting, go have a peek!
Battersea venue offers 2 hours of hosted, costumed entertainment where you choose a theme from a range of magical stories. Price includes invitations, cake, gift bags and food served in wicker baskets on a picnic rug or next to toadstools. Recommended by a mum of 4, whose daughter loved her 5th birthday here.
Each child gets to ice 9 biscuits to take home, along with an apron and certificate (plus a special biscuit for the birthday child). For an additional charge you can preorder pizza and squash. The party lasts for 2 hours, for a min 7 guests. Recommended by a mum of 1.
Paintball, laser tag and zombie games in North Greenwich, for ages 10+. If you ever wanted to know what it's like to be trapped in a room with a zombie, here's your chance to find out! This is London's only indoor paintball area, recommended by a mum of 3 who says "everyone had a great time".
A "children's innovation and inspiration lab, an iLab" offers lego-themed parties in various London locations, including a Racing Car birthday option that will appeal to little petrol heads. Recommended by a mum of 3 who says "the kids had loads of fun and the entertainers were lovely."
For the more cerebral child who wants to celebrate a birthday surrounded by things that fizz and explode (not really). If your mini Einstein enjoys science experiments, this is your one to bookmark. All under the tuition of an "active and engaging" course leader, says this parent.
An anything-you-want party! Cooking, creating, crafting, dancing... if your boy or girl has dreamed of it, Parentville probably offers it. Just check their long list. This mum has hired from this impressive pool of entertainers twice and says that both parties "were a great success."
"Amazing birthday parties!" says the mum of a boy who enjoyed an 8th birthday at this West London stables. Up to 8 kids can choose a pony to groom before going on a special birthday ride in Bushy Park. Book a 30 minute ride, plus 30 minutes in the stables, plus the Hay Lounge party room.
A volunteer-led organisation that puts smiles on the faces of those that need it, "kids going through tough times," says this tipper of the app. Whether from a hospital bed in the UK, to the impoverished communities of India (pictured) or beyond, worldwide. Themes range from pirates, circus, superheroes to wigged-up seagulls!
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