Planning parties for kids doesn't have to be intimidating. When you focus on making the event age-appropriate and enjoyable for everyone who attends, all the details will fall into place. Keep these tips in mind as you organise and plan. Before the Party Set a date for the event that's far enough in the future to give you time to get everything together. If you're going to have the party on your child's birthday, for example, it's a good idea to start planning a couple of months in advance. This is especially important if you're holding the party at a venue outside your home and need to book space. Choose a start and end time for the party and start designing invitations. Set Limits, put a cap on how many people you invite so that you don't end up with a house or a venue so full that you can't keep track of all the kids. Enlist the help of other parents if possible to ensure that there will be enough supervision. Also make sure that you have a budget in place so you don't spend yourself broke on unnecessary bells and whistles.
Setting the Mood
Creating a theme for your child's party is a fun way to keep all of the guests entertained. Popular themes include:
• Favourite bands
• Animated movies and movie characters
• Princess parties
For a simpler theme, you can organise a party around your child's favourite colour or hobby. If your child is old enough, let him or her choose the theme and have a look at our website with you for matching party decor. Balloons, party hats, streamers and disposable plates and cups printed with your theme help brighten up the atmosphere.
What to Do?
Keeping kids occupied at a party can be a challenge. Young children have especially short attention spans and need entertainment that sparks their interest. Simple crafts that can be taken home after the party give guests a chance to exercise their imaginations and creativity. For high-energy groups, let your child choose a few of his or her favourite games or schedule games that coincide with the party theme.
What to Eat?
For kids' parties, keep the food simple. Most of the guests are going to be too busy running around, playing games and generally enjoying themselves to want to spend much time sitting and eating. Pizza is always a good choice, but if your child has another favourite that's easy to whip up, you could have that instead. Of course, if you're hosting a birthday party, a cake is essential and can be decorated to match the theme of the day. Healthy finger foods such as vegetable sticks and fruits balance out sugary treats.
Staying organised through all steps of planning your child's party will help you to put together an event that he or she will not only enjoy today but also remember for many years. Don't stress too much about details; simply focus on creating a party that's simple, fun and entertaining.