Carole Middleton has proved herself to be a devoted grandma time and again, from being the first one to visit Prince George as a baby in hospital to taking him out for special days out on her own. So when he turns two on 22 July, the millionaire businesswoman – who founded Party Pieces, her successful party supplies company 28 years ago – will probably be keen to spoil her grandson with a fun-filled celebration.
Carole recently shared her tips for children's parties in Little London magazine in her capacity as their new columnist.
Carole Middleton founded Party Pieces with husband Michael 28 years ago
The 60-year-old says that she's always believed that "parties do not have to be lavish or expensive occasions" and "it's amazing what you can achieve by being clever and creative". Here are the glamorous granny's ideas for hosting a magical summer party.
Sports day style games
"If you have the space, be well-prepared with a host of outdoor activities," says Carole, who suggests heading for the local park if you don't have a garden.
Rounders, egg and spoon races, treasure hunts, sack races, Kick the Can, Grandmother's Footsteps and obstacle courses – these are a great way to take advantage of the warm weather and will help the children to burn off energy. Many of your little guests will probably have played some of these games before and will know them already.
Carole suggests hosting a party outside for little ones like George
Bunting is perfect for brightening up an outdoor party and can used to decorate bedrooms or a play area when the fun is over.
Put out some colourful furniture which can be used for play houses later on.
Confetti-themed balloons will catch everyone's eye.
Lay the table with colourful, dishwasher-safe bowls and cutlery.
Carole: 'Classic sports day games are great as everyone will know what to do'
Playing at being grown up
Children love miniature versions of things adults use. So let up a stall or a shop with mini sizes and let their imagination run wild.
Carole: 'Confetti balloons will catch everyone's eye'
More expert advice
Carole recommends 101 Things for Kids to do Outside by Dawn Isaac. "This has everything from water balloon piñatas to setting up camp. I promise you won't be disappointed," says the party planning guru.