Planning a kid’s party should be simple right? If you’ve ever actually tried to organize a wedding for one of your kids, you will know that this simply isn’t the case. Gone are the days where you could serve up cake and ice cream in the back yard, and all the kids would think it was the best time ever. Now, it seems like every party has to have a theme; you have to hold the event somewhere other than home, and you must invite the whole class to mark the day with you! So, it’s fair to say it can get a little overwhelming, but don’t worry – I’ve got your back. Check out these tips for throwing a fantastic kid’s party every time:
As I mentioned above, these days it is more common to invite every kid in your child’s class so that no one feels left out. So, you will want to get a list of your child’s classmates before you send the invites out. It is also a good idea to ask parents to note down any allergies their child may have when they RSVP – it will make organizing the menu much simpler and avoid any unfortunate incidents.
Sometimes, the best birthday party places, aren’t the ones you would think of. The local park or leisure center, for example, can be great places to entertain kids, but if you really want to wow them, take them to a really exciting place like a family sports park, amusement arcade or water park.
One of the best things about children’s parties is that you don’t need to make the food at all sophisticated. Most kids will be happy with burgers, hot dogs, and pizza, as long as there’s cake and ice cream to follow. If you want to be a bit healthier, go with finger foods like sandwiches, cookies and kid-friendly canapés like pinwheels and melon balls.
The easiest way to decide on a theme is to actually look at what your kid likes. Most kids have at least one obsession, whether that be My Little Pony, Adventure Time or something else entirely. These days, you can buy paper plates, cups and decorations featuring all the best-loved cartoon characters and that is the quickest way to establish your theme. Picking a venue that coincides with the theme, like a pony corral for a My Little Pony Lover or an adventure park for Adventure Time fans, will also make your theme seem more impressive.
If your party isn’t going to be held at a venue where the entertainment is built into the day, you’ll want to make sure that you have lots of games on hand to keep the hoards of over-excited children entertained. Classic party games like pin the tail on the donkey and bashing the piñata are still popular with younger kids, but older kids might need something more challenging such as a treasure hunt (which would work great with a pirate theme), or perhaps a little dance party.
Most important of all, you should keep clam and avoid stressing. Most kids aren’t that hard to please, so even if things don’t go quite according to plan, as long as they’re spending time with their friends, they’ll probably have fun anyway.