Every parent is ready to celebrate their child’s birthday, but not every mom or dad is ready to plan and host it. Don’t freak out if the responsibility of the party has fallen on your shoulders. Get excited about the possibilities of all that could be and how much fun the kids will have.
The key is not to stress yourself out and take one step at a time. Remember that your child is going to love it no matter what you do. The perfect party doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. It simply has to be memorable and fun.
It’s not a good idea to push off the planning process to the last minute. Although it’s a child’s birthday, you still have to attend to the details and get organized. Make a checklist of all you need to do and deadlines for each item. Figure out who’s attending by getting together with your son or daughter to come up with the invitation list. You’ll want to have a count of how many people will be at the party to know if you have enough room in your home to host everyone.
Kids need to be entertained, so you’re going to have to come up with ways to keep them busy and happy. Refer to funattic.com for a great game list and ideas for having fun all day long. Additional ideas include a sprinkler, face painting and music. Whatever you do, don’t assume that the kids will be fine without any extra frills. It’s better to include more options than it is to have one idea that doesn’t go over very well with the group.
Don’t Skimp on the Food & Drinks
Even kids like to eat and drink. Talk with your child about what foods they want at the party, and this will give you a good idea of what other kids their age like to eat. Remember to have drinks of all sorts and enough snacks to hold everyone over until the main course. Have enough food in case some of the parents show up and want to eat too. If you’re on a tight budget, then consider making some of the food yourself or ordering in bulk. Also, remember to buy a large enough cake for all.
Introduce A few Surprises
It’s always fun to surprise your child and the other kids with fun add-ons to the party. Get your son or daughter the extra special present they’ve been wanting or hire a clown to show up in the middle of the party and do a skit or make balloon animals. The element of surprise will be enough to keep people entertained and engaged in the party until it’s over. There’s no need to overdo it, but tactfully introduce a few additions that will put a smile on all their faces.
You should now feel prepared to throw your child the birthday bash of a lifetime. Focus on the main party planning ingredients, and you shouldn’t have any issues. Most importantly, remember to relax and have fun on the day of the event.