Birthday parties for kids should be fun for them and as stress-free as possible for you. No gathering of children will ever be a smooth ride, but to organise a great party you’ve got to be prepared for almost every eventuality. Here are a few things you can do to make any kid’s party a success:
Choose a suitable venue:
Are you prepared for noise, mess and chaos if you hold the party at your house? If you are, you’ve got to make sure your house is safe. If not, rent a hall somewhere or choose a public venue so that someone else has to clean the aftermath.
Your venue should be suited to the age of the kids attending the party. Make sure there are plenty of toilet facilities if you’re dealing with young kids, and if your guests are older make sure you can keep a watchful eye to keep them out of trouble. Don’t give them places to hide and cause trouble.
Consider a theme:
Young children love parties that involve their favourite TV or movie characters. A good theme with decorations, themed invitations and an appropriate cake can make everything look and feel organised, and can make a party feel like it was planned well in advance. If nothing else, you’ll impress the other parents!
Make your own mini-festival with a VW camper tent and loud music, or arrange a visit from your kid’s favourite superhero.
Think about food:
Are you ordering takeaway food, making a party buffet, buying every kid a meal at a restaurant or letting them raid your fridge? You could put on a BBQ or hire a professional caterer for the day. For older kids, get guests involved in preparing their own food with a sushi-making kit . It’s a cheap way to keep them busy, and they’ll have fun making and sharing their creations.
Whatever you do, make sure it’s planned in advance and is safe. You can’t waste time preparing food when there are kids to watch, and you don’t want to deal with burns if kids get too close to the BBQ.
Plan age-appropriate activities:
If you’ve picked a venue, your activity could be obvious. Older children will love a bowling party, and younger kids will be happy with soft play or a bouncy castle.
If you’re hosting at home, think about party games for young kids. Perhaps entertain with balloon animalsor call a few friends and ask if they’d help with face painting
Make sure older kids have plenty to do with their friends. Rent a few extra Xbox games, or get some sport equipment for a game in the park.
Prepare party bags:
Little kids like to have something to take home, so a party bag of small gifts and novelty items (along with some cake or lollies) can make it a party to remember. You can even get your own kid involved before the day of the party, and ask them to make a friendship bracelet for every guest.
Don’t forget that this is all about your kid.
The only way to know what makes a party perfect in the eyes of your son or daughter is to ask them.
They’ll tell you what they’d like, and you can come to agreements :
“We can’t go climbing because your cousin’s coming and she’s scared of heights. How about go-karting instead, and I’ll take you and a few friends to the climbing wall next week?”
Your kid is the expert on great birthday parties for someone their age. Don’t be afraid to consult them! Getting their thoughts can also ensure you’re not out of touch – they’re growing up fast, and they’re probably still your ‘little baby’ but a surprise visit from Phineas and Ferb probably won’t impress your twelve year old in front of his friends.
Remember, your kid’s birthday party isn’t a serious event. It’s supposed to be fun, so don’t get caught up worrying about the little details. Enjoy yourself, and your child will enjoy themselves too.