Children’s birthday parties can be hectic, stressful and exhausting, but do it right, and your child will remember it for years to come.
Involve Them in the Party Planning
Your child should be involved in the party planning, it is, after all, a party designed to celebrate them. Whether they choose the theme or just create the invitations, having them involved will make them excited about the big day, as well as make them feel that little bit more grown up.
Having a theme to plan around makes things a whole lot easier, and tailors it to your child too. It could be under the sea, princesses, even a favourite film or just a colour. Your theme may be dictated according to budget however, as having a film as a certain theme may require ‘official’ party merchandise. A theme will make the food and games easier, as well as the decorations. Appropriately shaped or coloured food, and fun games come naturally once you’ve chosen a theme.
Keep them Busy
Around two hours is ideal for a children’s party. Games and playing should start as soon as all the guests have arrived, and food/birthday cake should be served in the final hour or half hour. A treasure hunt is a good way to keep kids occupied, or host several activities at the same time that kids can pick or choose to get involved in.
Keep it simple. Whether you make a cake from a box or you simply buy it ready-made, there’s no real need to stress yourself with the duty of making food from scratch. Serve food that doesn’t need cutting, that’s not too complicated to eat and that can be held easily by small hands.
Dressing up is a fun way to cement the theme of a party and to encourage play between children too. Dress up can be homemade, or bought from somewhere like. It doesn’t really matter to a young child, though an older one may be more conscious that their costume was made from cardboard and tin foil.
As a party guest, you always hope for aat the end of a child’s party. Include age-appropriate items like cake, stickers, bubbles, sweets and small books. Try not to put anything in it that you might throw away yourself.