Planning a birthday party for your child might seem like a fairly simple venture. After all, what can possibly go wrong when you get twenty or thirty toddlers together, fuel them with ungodly amounts of sugar and let them have fun for a couple of hours? We’re hoping you detected the sarcasm in that last statement because the obvious answer is: a ton. Managing a room full of little sprites (most of them not your own) is an event that can be a lot of fun to host, but it’s also one that requires careful planning so that everything goes off without a hitch. Let’s take a look at some of the most salient points to keep in mind when planning your child’s birthday party.
Sending out the invites
This is something that should never be left too late, but nor should it be done so far in advance in case someone forgets about the date! Ask your child for a list of all the potential friends that he or she would like to invite and ensure that the invites are sent out two to three weeks before the event. If your child has long-distance friends, try to organize the party on a day that they will be in town. After all this information has been confirmed, send out either written or electronic invitations with both your address and the theme of the party (although it’s worth noting that invitations sent via email will reach the relevant parties much faster).
Organize delicious food
No party is complete without food. This doesn’t mean you have to go all out of a three-course gourmet spread – most children aren’t so picky. A simple selection of finger foods should suffice – think hotdogs, mini hamburgers, crisps, nuts and other snacks. Of course, some soda also wouldn’t go awry (birthday parties are thirsty affairs after all) so it’s important that ample volumes are provided. It’s also important to provide enough cups and crockery to go with all the food. But don’t lay out all your fancy stuff just yet – these are kids we’re talking about, and they can break anything fragile just by looking at it. Instead, it’s better to opt for recyclable paper cups that can be easily disposed of.
Make sure the party games are epic
While you could leave a group of children on their own to their own devices, for a truly amazing party you’re going to want to ensure that your kids are going to have a number of fun games to play throughout the day. This doesn’t have to take up the entire day, but factor in two to three hours of games and activities. Check the weather forecast; if it’s going to rain, make sure you have enough to do inside. If the weather’s great, then playing outside is always a good idea. Consider games such as treasure hunts, Simon says, or musical chairs. They don’t only have to be just about fun either; games offer an ideal opportunity for teaching kids about creativity too! For a more extensive list, check out this article by todaysparent.com.