4 Simple Steps for Planning a Children’s Birthday Party
Is your child’s birthday coming up? After all, it’s an annual thing! This year you want to make it special. Maybe your child has received good grades or is hitting a milestone age. Whatever the case may be, you want to go above and beyond, and throw your child a birthday party.
This time, it will not just be you, grandma, and the usual kin. You want to plan a memorable event. Are you a little unsure of where to begin? Hosting a child’s birthday party can be somewhat stressful if you do not know what to do. If you follow these steps, you are sure to have a wonderful time!
- Pick a date, time, and location.
If your child’s birthday falls in the middle of the week, it is best to plan a weekend party. This way, your guests can more than likely attend. If you are inviting school friends, it will be easier for parents. The evening after school goes by so fast with homework, dinner, and showers. There will be virtually no free time for a birthday party! Older guests traditionally work through the week, and will want to eat supper and relax in the evening, too.
After you pick the weekend date, you should plan the time. You should keep in mind that you do not have to host an all-day party. A few hours are plenty of time to get everything done. The sooner it starts, the better. A lot of families want to relax on their days off, or they may have other plans. You can opt for a lunch party rather than one in the evening.
Depending on your budget, you may have to host the birthday party at your home. However, make sure you have ample seating and space for all of your activities. If your house is crowded, maybe you can have it outside, depending on the weather and time of year. You can clean out your garage and leave the doors open to a patio space for backup weather issues. Do not forget to provide seats for everyone invited. Lawn chairs, picnic tables, and other types of seating are acceptable.
If you want to have the party inside, try to arrange the space and seating arrangements as pleasantly as possible. Maybe you have a playroom or basement where the kids can play while the adults talk in a dining room. If you have enough money, go ahead and splurge on a hall. The rental space will be greatly welcomed if you have a small home.
2. Choose a theme.
Depending on your child’s age, you can pick a cartoon character for a theme. A selection of colors and patterns may be more appropriate for an older child. For example, a hot pink and zebra print is a favorite among ‘tween girls. You will want to do a little window shopping ahead of time to make sure your child does not get excited about a theme, only to find out there is nothing available in that character.
Your theme should be incorporated throughout the entire party as much as possible. The cake, decorations, and invitations can all reflect the theme.
3. Send invitations.
After you have finalized the date, time, location, and theme, you can write out invitations. All of these details should be included in the invitation (the theme can be represented through the invitation itself). If you want the children to bring something specific, like a swimsuit for a pool party, be sure to note that.
You should also include what food you are having at the party. If a child does not like the menu, he or she can eat beforehand. They may also be allergic to something. A simple sentence that conveys “pizza and cupcakes” or “hot dogs, hamburgers, cake, and ice cream” will be served. Try to make things easy when it comes to food. The fewer the dishes, the better, because you will be the one doing all the preparation for the party and cleaning up afterward. Finger foods, small snacks like chips or fruit, and a dessert are perfect. After all, children are picky and will not be focused on eating, as opposed to playing.
You can choose to mail out the invitations through the post office, if you know your guests’ addresses. Your child may want to personally hand out invitations at school. This is fine, but make sure your child is careful not to do it in front of students who are not invited, which would hurt their feelings. It might be a good idea to have the teacher put the invitations in the corresponding folders or book bags at the end of the day.
4. Arrange for decorations and games.
Make sure your space looks like there is a birthday party in the house! Balloons, streamers, banners, confetti, and other playful decorations will make your event look legit. You can get most of these items at a dollar store, so you do not have to break the bank. If you are really crafty, you might want to make some do-it-yourself centerpieces or signs. Whichever the case, utilize your theme throughout the process.
Older children like teenagers may not care about playing games. However, younger ones will love to take part in planned activities. There are a number of indoor games that can be fun, like Twister. However, if you are able, you should focus on outdoor games. There will be more room for things like badminton, a piñata, or Baggo. Baggo is played the same way as cornhole, but it offers a better packaging system. You can order this portable game to reflect your theme and give it to your child as a gift!
You can create a little goodie bag for the kids, too. If they break a piñata, they will already have treats available. However, you might also want to put together little trinkets, stickers, and other keepsakes that reflect the theme.
When your child is opening his or her gifts, make sure “thank you!” is said to all of the guests. Avoid the classic Christmas morning rip-and-tear-as-fast-as-you-can routine. Also, take the time to write down who got what. That way, you can send thank you cards and include a personal note.