Birthdays are thousands of times more vivid when you’re a kid. Maybe it’s because they’ve had so few, or because everyone around them gets so excited. But, kid’s birthday parties are a big deal. This expectation can place a lot of pressure on you to get things right, which means you could be panicking trying to figure out how to put together a party. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect kid’s party. Take it slow, plan, and your child will have the best party ever.
Figure Out Guests
Talk to your child, and figure out how many other kids they want to invite. A good rule of thumb is to plan for a classroom of kids, and then scale back based on how many parents respond to the invitations. Not all of the people invited will come. If you have family members or friends you know will also want to attend, count those in as well. Make sure to be flexible so that your plans won’t fall through when a handful of people don’t show up. If you want, you can send out the original invitation a month out, and then send a reminder note a week before the party.
Pick a Location
Think about where the party should get held. Although a spacious backyard will do exceptionally well for a party, there are other options. You could use a portion of a park, rent out an area, or even have the party at a business like a trampoline playground. Consider what the theme of the party is, and which location would go better with it. Also, consider that if you don’t have the party at your home, the cleanup will be done by someone else! If your budget is tight, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having the party at home.
Will there be live entertainment?
Having performers can kick any party up a notch. Make sure the entertainment matches what your kid likes. If the child is a little girl who likes mermaids, look into mermaid performers. If they want superheroes, then look for party characters for hire. Keep an eye out for performers who match the theme of the party, while staying within budget.
You can do whatever you want with decor- just keep the theme in mind! A party garland could be fun, but consider decorations that suit the theme. If it’s a paw patrol party, you could carry through a firefighting motif through the whole party with ease. Just think outside of the box, from the door people walk in through to the napkins.
Saving and Sharing the Memories
Kids are going to want to remember this forever. They’ll have fun with their friends, eat cake, and get to see a live show- let them show it off with pictures. There are more than a few fun ways to do this, from having custom Snapchat filters for birthday parties to using throwback cheap film cameras that you can develop later and use as postcards to thank people for their gifts- there are a lot of options.
If you’re unsure about anything, the lucky thing is you can ask your child what they’d like for a party. They might strike you with a great idea that makes the day just that much more fun. Make sure they know the party is for and about them, and to celebrate with them, so they feel loved. Follow the tips and anyone can plan the perfect kid’s party.