If your child has a birthday coming up, you will no doubt be busy trying to plan them the perfect party! You might have thought that planning a child’s birthday party would be super easy, but you may be surprised at just how difficult it turns out to be! After all, it needs to be within budget and also meet your child’s expectations. Plus, it needs to be fun for all the kids who come!
Set Your Date
Planning the best date for your child’s party is the first hurdle that you will face. These days, families are very busy, and you will have to find a date that works for the majority of children. It also needs to fit in with parent’s busy work schedules! Ideally, you should decide on a date and send out the invites at least four weeks in advance. This way, everyone knows to save the date so that they won’t end up double booked! If you want to hold the party in a venue, you should book this around the same time too. That way, it is yours for the day, and you don’t have to worry about someone else booking it!
Choose The Guests
Do you know who your child wants to invite to their big event? If not, you should ask them. Some schools are now starting to create policies which state that all children in the class should be invited to parties. This prevents anyone from being excluded. You will need to check if this is the case at your child’s school. You will also need to decide whether you want the children’s parents to stay for the whole duration or if they can simply drop their kids off. If the parents are going to stay, you will have to include them in the numbers when you start to plan food.
One of the main expenses for children’s parties is the entertainment. Some parents like to hire clowns and magicians to put on shows for the children, but these can often turn out expensive. If you want to keep your costs down to a minimum, you can always organize some games; these party games are easy and fun to play and will be simple enough for kids of all ages to join in with.
When you are thinking about the food, you need to consider what time of day the party is. For instance, if the party is in the evening, don’t provide too many sweet and sugary options as you may have some parents complain that they couldn’t get their kids to sleep afterwards! Also, it is a good idea to include a healthy option, such as fresh fruit, as not every child will be happy with pizza and hot dogs. Planning a finger buffet will give you the chance to offer a variety of foods.
I hope you and the birthday boy or girl have a great party!