Kid’s birthday parties can be stressful, but seeing the joy in the little one’s eyes makes everything else disappear and all of the troubles simply melt away. Still, it is a huge job and there is big responsibility on the parents’ part to orchestrate the best party that both the grownups and the kids will enjoy. The children’s happiness matters almost the same as the parents’, so how can you make everybody content?
Although many kids will roll with whatever you organize, be careful of going overboard and exceeding your limits. Simple entertainment for toddlers and some wine and light amusement for the older generations would make for quite a fine party. However, to be sure you thought about all the little essentials and maybe spark up some ideas, look at several steps that you can use for your birthday extravaganza.
Who Is on the List of Invites?
Before you start contemplating who to invite, think about the starting and end time of the party. If we are talking about small children, try to avoid throwing a party that interferes with their nap time or it could quickly turn from cheers to tears.
Now you can make a list of guest, but separate grown up parties from the kiddie crowd. Basically, you will need to organize two parties – one for the children, and the other for their parents and close relatives. Each of these celebrations will need different things with one thing in common – a birthday cake.
Also, what will you do with invitations? Though technology allows us to create group messages and inform invitees of the event, there is something special about printing your own personal cards that you can forever treasure for your youngster.
Find a Birthday Theme
What are your child’s interests? Whether it is something with dinosaurs, sports, artistic or nature, find an inspiration in the current trends and popular children’s shows. Once you find a suitable theme, work around it to prepare an amazing adventure both your little and big guests will enjoy.
The Location Can Make a Difference
When preparing a party for kids, you must consider the possible dangers lurking around every corner. If you have a suitable home, go for it, but if your place is not equipped for this type of celebration, look at the available options for a small fee.
For example, children-friendly restaurants, local parks, entertainment centers or museums. This usually works out for the better, as kids are easily entertained at new surroundings, plus you will not have to clean the mess left behind.
Decorations & Amusement
With a selected theme, a bit of decoration will be in order. Don’t be afraid to get creative and transform the place into a mesmerizing scenery. Regarding the entertainment, every show that lasts long will lose the interest of your cute little menaces. Hire some approved talents and create a few entertaining acts.
Food & Snacks
Since the birthday cake is the highlight of the party, you can select one that goes with a theme at a local bakery. Other food to be served at kid’s parties is mostly about snacks on sticks, dips, corn dog muffins, and the most beloved one, of course, mac and cheese, as well as the holy pizza. If you were thinking about something more along the lines of a DIY meal, there are a lot of diverse and easy options to choose from.
What to do for Parents?
You would think that parents would have more understanding of the struggles involved in creating the best party possible for the little one and that they would help out a bit, but many of them expect it to be a boring affair, as they’ve all went through similar situations before. Therefore, they need their own space and time to unwind.
Offer them adult-friendly drinks, food for mature individuals who can’t stand the sight of pizza, and include a special note on the invitations that this is a parent-friendly party, so they can’t just drop a kid off and run away. Grown-up time means less decor and a more relaxing environment without children lurking around to distract them.
Anticipate the Unexpected
Whatever you do, prepare well to avoid a possible disaster. Always ask if a child has allergies or some medical condition. And if you have pets, keep them somewhere safe and away from all the invited parties. You never know if someone is frightened of or hypersensitive to them.
Likewise, small kids may unintentionally hurt the animal. Moreover, supply the party with bandages, tissues, and ice, as you never know what could happen, and consider asking for a helping hand in the case of a meltdown.
Let the games begin and admire what you have accomplished. Remember that you have the right to relax as well, and enjoy the party. Take photos of the celebration and create long-lasting memories you will one day recount to your child.