Simple steps to plan the perfect children’s birthday party

Simple steps to plan the perfect children’s birthday party

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you break this down so that it won’t only be perfect, but a piece of cake.

Mar 20, 2019, 1:07:43 PM

Throw your little darling is growing up a birthday party so that when they blow out their candles, they’ll be wishing next year will be just as good. Each age your child reaches is a milestone, so it makes sense why you want to make the celebration special. This is their birthday party at the end of the day, so try and include them in the process. Planning the perfect children’s birthday party can immediately feel stressful as your mind whirls around the billion things you need to consider when wanting to please a handful of kids (and parents). Don’t worry, we’re here to help you break this down so that it won’t only be perfect, but a piece of cake.

1. Budget

Before you sit down with your child to get a rough idea of what they want, consider how much money you are willing to spend. Once you have a figure you are happy with in your mind, write down a list of suggestions within budget that you can propose to your child and allow them to choose.

2. Set a time

Children birthday parties don’t typically last hours and hours because kids tend to run out of steam, grow restless, and get bored. Set a timeframe of up to 2 hours, as they get older you’ll see that they can party a little longer, or will want to do something more adventurous like a trampoline party.

3. Invitations

Send the invitations out in good time so parents and children can prepare in advance. Important information to include in your invitations are: Your child’s full name, the time and place of the party – with full address, and what the duration of the event is. Include the option to RSVP by putting down your phone number or email address, and decide a deadline you would like to hear back by.

4. Decorations

Some of you may choose to make your own decorations, if you do, this can be a truly fun, and bonding experience to have with your child. Some of you may lean towards buying decorations, or perhaps doing a mixture of both. Whichever you choose, there’s no right or wrong option. Save time and find birthday decorations online, and if you decide to book your children’s birthday party at a venue, you might not need to buy too many decorations, if at all.

5. Entertainment

This is what will hopefully turn any restless frowns or tears that may start to appear into smiles and tears of joy. If you are organising all the activities and entertainment yourself, be sure to have a lot planned because children have short attention spans. However, if you wish to save yourself time, energy and stress, book professional children’s entertainment so that the kids can be heartily engaged for a couple of hours without you having to resort in pulling your hair out. Think magicians, clowns, a mime artist, face painting, or comedy jugglers.

6. Food

When thinking of what kind of food to have at your children’s birthday party, you can’t go wrong with finger food, but you can go wrong if you don’t ask beforehand if anyone has any allergies. At children’s birthday parties, keep finger food around so that it is always readily available to hungry fingers. For a main dish, think about simple food like pizza squares, fishfingers, vegetables and dip, sausages, and chicken nuggets.

7. Party bags/goodie bags

Generally, these party bags are like a little thank you gift to the party guests for coming. It is entirely up to you what you decide to put in there. Usually there are sweets, treats, and sometimes even little toys – the choice is up to you. Just make sure you have enough for all of your guests and some extra just in case.

8. Theme

This is what will set the scene for your children’s birthday party, and bring the fantasy to life. Is there a children’s movie that your child loves, or a character they really enjoy? Remember, whatever theme you go with, your whole party will be centered around that theme, the decorations, the activities, and if you’re really pushing the boat out - the cake. Again, write down theme ideas to bring to your child such as: Disney, Gnome, Pirates, Pepper Pig, Lego, Super hero, Cars, Unicorn, Trolls, Emoji, or Rainbow. If you decide to have the children’s party at a venue, some of them may cater for your chosen theme.

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