Two weeks prior

Choose the date and the location.

A time that usually works for everyone is in the afternoon, so you can prepare some sweet snacks.

Make the guest list and send the invitations.

Let your guests know well in advance: remember that parents with kids have endless lists of things to do. So print, personalise and send out the KicoNico invitations, in pink or blue (or the colour you’ve chosen for your party), to match the rest of the printables (bunting, labels, little boxes, etc.) (download).

One or two days prior

What to serve?

Make a list of everything you need to make the snacks. Every birthday party needs a cake, so you can make a very simple one with the KicoNico tin (watch tutorial). It’s super easy and looks great if you add cute decorations. Another idea that’s bound to be a hit would be cake pops. We know they might seem complicated at first, but nothing could be further from the truth. Here is a tutorial on how to make cake pops covered in white chocolate and decorations that look amazing and will only take a few minutes.

For the other snacks, sticking with the colour palette of the party, you can serve white chocolate biscuits, finger sandwiches, rice cakes covered in white chocolate and sweets in the party colours.

Cut out and personalise the printables (if you can print them on card, even better).

The design of the printables can serve as inspiration for the rest of the decorations.

    • Labels for the party snacks.
    • Little boxes for sweets and other snacks.
    • A3 poster with the name of the birthday boy or girl to hang up or put on the table.
    • Labels for the straws and glasses where each guest can write their name.
    • Bunting: put one letter of their name on each bunting. We used hot glue to stick the bunting to the rope but you can also use double-sided tape.

DIY decorations

With a little bit of imagination you can create some adorable decorations for your little one’s birthday. They’re easy and you’ll feel great making them. For example, you could make some wool pompoms (watch tutorial) to dress up any area. They’re so easy!

Another wonderful idea is to decorate a wicker basket. What do you need? Just a basket, paint and a bow in the same colour.

You can also paint a cork number 1 with water-based paint, it’ll only take a few minutes.

The day of the party

Make the food.

The cake and the cake pops are easy to make, but they do take a bit of time, so you can do them the morning of the party or the day before so you will have less to do.

Arrange the biscuits on a tray and decorate them with some of the sugar sprinkles you used for the cake pops. They look adorable!

You can also serve rice cakes (for healthier appetites) and finger sandwiches. Here’s an idea! Cut them into the shapes of your choice using a biscuit cutter. And, as a finishing touch, if you have some fondant you can cut it into the same shapes as the rice cakes and cover them with it.

And don’t forget the sweets, arranged around the party in the little KicoNico boxes you cut out.


Party decorations.

Choose a tablecloth and start decorating the table bit by bit. Personalise the bunting with your little one’s name and put it on a wall behind the table or anywhere else it looks good. Inside the basket you can put KicoNico, the painted number 1, some pompoms, some flowers… Whatever you’d like!

We recommend putting a lamp on the table, and some balloons for good measure! And of course you can’t forget to bring out the snacks and arrange them with the labels you cut out. As a final lovely touch put some wool pompoms in the empty spaces around the table.