There is no doubt that we in the UK are becoming Americanised. A recent example of this is the High School Prom whereas there was no such thing when I was a teenager and we were lucky if we got so much as a Christmas disco let alone an excuse to buy a flash dress and be ferried around in a limousine.
Satellite TV probably has a lot to do with it and the kids today love to settle down after school to their daily dose of Drake and Josh or Hannah Montana. These American TV shows aimed at young people are very popular and are leading to the rise in American ways of our children today. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The typical British stiff upper lip can be a bit of a downer sometimes and if the Americans know anything, its how to do things large.
Now when it comes to childrens parties, I would not say that we do not know how to do it well. However, the themed parties of the US are becoming bigger business than ever. When did you last go to a childrens party that relied on jelly and ice cream and a clown to keep everyone happy?
For the boys, we have Thomas the Tank Engine or pirate parties and for the girls we have the Princess theme or Hannah Montana party. I promise you, if you organise a Hannah Montana party for your ten year old daughter you will be flavour of the month for a long time to come. But how to go about it?
Well, first get online and search out the details, after all, how much do us oldies know about Hannah Montana? There are plenty of places where you can now source the extras for such a themed party. Pick the right supplier and you will get dancers and entertainers bringing your invitees their favourite songs and a show to keep them captivated for quite some time.
Games can be laid on in the Hannah Montana theme such as a dance off, singing competitions and look-a-like competitions but there will be something for everyone including little gifts and mementoes for the guests and special attention for the birthday girl.
Of course, the extent of your themed party will depend on your budget and you can source the smaller detail if you are looking to party on a budget. Hannah Montana paper plates, cups, banners, balloons and all manner of party paraphernalia are available through the right outlet. You can even get a Hannah Montana goody bag to take some of the work out of the party for you. It comes supplied with a glitzy notepad, gel pen, mini packet of love hearts, furry purse and beaded jewellery.
The prices for these bags are very affordable and can take the work out of individually filling bags yourself. Just add a piece of birthday cake and everyone goes home happy!
Anna Stenning is the mother of three young children who all love their favourite TV programmes. She is about to host a Hannah Montana party. To find out how, please visit http://www.dnakids.co.uk/highschool-party.html