Most parents will throw their child a birthday party at some point during their childhood. While the task is relatively straight forward, there are still many things to consider. Here are our top kids party tips.
1: Select a Party Theme
The first aspect to consider is selecting a party theme. Think about your child’s interests and talk to them about their likes and dislikes. Having a theme will also make decorating the event and selecting the all-important items such as plates, cups, napkins, hats and invitations so much easier. Party supplies now come in beautifully coordinated ranges according to popular themes – so you don’t have to worry about trying to match colours and styles.
Another important aspect to consider when selecting a party theme is the event’s gender balance. Little girls may not be particularly thrilled with a Tonka® truck party and conversely, a Barbie® themed event may not appeal to boys – although we acknowledge this is not always the case. Themes like “Sugar Buzz” or “Lady Bug Fancy” are always safe options, which appeal to both boys and girls.
2: Guest Numbers & Invitation Etiquette
A good rule of thumb for considering the number of guests is to take the age of the child and add one to two additional guests. We suggest inviting either the entire class, or just a few guests. Never invite the majority of the class and exclude just a few, as this is likely to result in hurt feelings. In some cases, it may be best to consider phoning parents or mailing out invitations.
Invitations should be delivered between 3 and 5 weeks in advance of the event. They should clearly state the date, location, start and finish times, in addition to the RSVP date. It is also important to indicate whether parents should stay for the duration of the party – or whether dropping the children off and picking them up later is preferred.
3: Schedule Your Entertainment & Games
Kids love to party! But their attention spans are often short and planning a variety of activities is essential to making your party fun and memorable. Consider what types of entertainment and games you intend to play and write them down on a scheduled timeline. This will ensure you have enough activities planned for the duration of the event and will eliminate some of the stress on the day. It will also help to ensure the party finishes on time.
Some popular entertainment options include magicians, bouncing castles, craft activities, singing and face painting. Mixing these activities with classic party games, in addition to offering finger food and the all-important cake cutting is a recipe for party success.
4: Stick To Your Budget
There is little point in throwing an extravagant (and expensive) children’s party if you’re short on funds. Luckily, a great party doesn’t need to be expensive and there are many low cost options for coordinated party plates, cups, hats, napkins and decorations that are practical and look beautiful, too.
Ways to save money include hosting the party at your own home or in a local park – and undertaking the catering yourself. Hot dogs are a cheap and fun option for the main food and fruit grazing platters are growing in popularity as well….especially when the produce can be purchased at inexpensive Sunday markets. The cake can be homemade and Pinterest will undoubtedly be your best source of inspiration for this. You may also consider asking friends to help with the entertainment – whether it be face painting or simply playing music for a sing-a-long. If you’re still looking to reduce costs, you may wish to eliminate party favour bags or reduce the number of guests.
5: Capture The Day
Parties are about making memories, so don’t forget to take plenty of photos and video. As the host, you will undoubtedly be very busy – so we recommend you enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member to capture all the action.
Here’s to happy parties and happy kids!