Organising a Perfect Kids’ Birthday Party:
Dos and Don’ts
Your kids’ birthday parties are super fun experiences for everyone involved, but it would be a lie if we said they always go smoothly. So, if you want to organise a fun yet stress-free birthday party for your kid, here are a few dos and don’ts.
To be honest, it’s never too early to send invites, so don’t waste time. Really, even months in advance is fine. People are busy and families with kids make many plans, so it’s natural that you’ll get more negative answers if you schedule your party for the upcoming weekend. Be especially careful if your kid’s birthday falls during big holidays or during vacation season.
Don’t save your words
Make sure to include plenty of info on your invitation. Are you planning to serve lunch? Is there going to be nap time? Can parents just drop their little ones off or do they have to stay? Are siblings and plus ones welcome? Put a line specifying all of these, especially if you’re planning a longer party. This will spare you so many awkward phone calls.
Do create a theme
The easiest way to organise a successful birthday party for your kid is to think of a theme and follow it throughout the organisation process. This way, the party will not be all over the place and everyone will have an easier time picking out presents and dressing up. Pick one of your kid’s interest and go with it. For instance, the Harry Potter theme is still super popular.! So, feel free to steal this idea and organise a dress-up, order Hogwarts-inspired cake and fill the place with wizarding toys. You can also get cute pop vinyl (toys and figurines that depict various movie, cartoon and video game characters) that are perfect for playing, but also double as cute little B-day gifts. Buy Harry, Hermione, Ron and all the cute little HP universe animals and your kid will love them during the party and feel proud to display them in their room after!
Don’t spend too much money
The party will definitely set you back, so don’t feel obliged to splurge even more money on over-the-top goody bags. For only small amount, you can make everyone happy and feel like they are a part of your kid’s celebration. You can also save extra money by crafting with your kids and building custom gift bags.
Do make it fun for parents too
It might sound a bit cruel, but most parents don’t want to spend their weekend watching your kid unwrap presents. So, if they are obliged to stay, the least you can do is make it fun for them, too! If it’s a morning party, prepare fresh bagels, spreads and coffee. You can also cook a real meal for the adults while little ones are busy with snacks. And, if you’re planning an afternoon house party, some alcohol is always welcome. But, not tequila shots! Some wine and beer is all you need to keep parents relaxed but conscious.
No matter how much you try to make everything perfect, one child will cry, the other will feel sick and the third will scream for their mummy. It’s just how it goes, so don’t beat yourself up too much! Be calm and collected when dealing with situations and they will often just resolve themselves. At the end of the day, as long as no one is hurt and your child is happy, you did great!
A party like this will not only make your kids’ birthday a very special day, but also not cost you a fortune in money and nerves. Everyone involved will have a wonderful time!