A well organised birthday party will provide an unforgettable and exciting experience for your child. Although many details must be sorted out, you don’t have to get into a frenzy any time your kid’s birthday approaches. Here are some tips that will make planning your child’s birthday easy and rewarding.
Start With a Theme
You will feel more relaxed if you choose a theme early in your preparations. For a girl child, you can choose a pink party theme while a sports theme could get your boy child and his friends very excited. They would love to wear the jerseys of their favourite sports teams and play related games. After you have selected your theme, you can use it to plan your invitations, games, crafts and food. Your child will be more committed to making the party succeed because it represents her interests.
Prepare Your Invitation and List of Guests
For younger preschool age children, you will have to write out the list of guests by yourself. But you should discuss the guest list with a child that is above four years old. This will get your child excited because of the expectation of having his or her best pals around for the birthday party. For younger children, you can buy your invitation cards from the store but older children can share in the fun of making invitations from computer generated templates, puzzle pieces or paper dolls. Ensure that all the vital information is included in the invitation such as the date, time, venue, and other salient details like “wear socks” or “come with a guardian/parent”.
Choose a Suitable Venue
You may decide to host your party at home, especially when you are hosting it for a preschooler. But if you are convinced that your house is not appropriate to host many kids at once. You can use one of the off-site venues that have been specially designed for kid’s birthday parties. These party venues usually have both indoor and outdoor games and entertainment facilities that could keep your children occupied for as long as you desire. They are manned by competent well trained personnel who can help the children to behave well as they come together for a fun-filled birthday party.
Create a Beautiful Atmosphere
This is particularly important if you are hosting the party by yourself. You can use your theme to determine the arrangement of your household gadgets and even create more fun by setting up a tent outdoors. To decorate your home or venue to taste, you can use commercially produced decorations and complement them with hand-crafted decorations made by you and your children.
Plan Appropriate Entertainment
For kids that are four years or younger, indoor entertainment will be more appropriate. A little outdoor entertainment could get them really excited but it should not go on for more than an hour. If you are planning a party for older children, you may include more outdoor games, treasure hunt, dancing, musical chairs, and several other forms of entertainment that can keep them excited. You could also get a local entertainer that your child and guests will love to watch and listen to.
Organise Simple Tasty Party Food
For most birthday parties, food should be basic: a well baked birthday cake and ice cream with various flavours. This should be adequate for short parties hosted for younger children. For older children and parents, you need to consider some other type of food like pizza, chicken, or barbecue. You can also give the children diluted fruit juice to keep them hydrated throughout the party. When you are considering your options for feeding your guests at a party hosted at home, it is more economical to make most of the arrangements in-house. However, if you intend to host the party at an off-site venue, you need to call early to know the type of food and drinks permitted by the owners and managers of the venue.
These tips will enable you plan a successful birthday party for your kid. Remember to get as much help as possible from other family members and who will gladly assist with preparations, babysitting, serving and after-party clean-up. If you are able to harness the help and goodwill of all your relatives, neighbours and friends, you will reduce the burden on yourself and have a more fulfilling party.