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If you have your child’s birthday coming up, it’s only natural to want to celebrate this milestone event. You also want your child to have lots of fun on his big day. But if you want the plan for your child’s party to be a success, consider that children go through different stages in their lives. Here are some suggestions to help you plan the perfect birthday party for your child.
An invitation should let people know when the party will start and end, where it will be held and on what day. Depending on your child’s age, you should also mention if parents are invited to stay at the party. Then all you have to do is find some really lovely printables on which to place all of that important information.
- Who- If your child is under the age of four or five, then the guest list should probably include their parents. Just so we wouldn’t forget, you may want one or two other grown-ups on hand to help you out at the party. Younger children may be overwhelmed by a large crowd and lots of activity. Older children meanwhile should be given some say in their guest list. Do they want a handful of friends for a sleepover or do they want to invite the whole baseball team to a get together?
- Where- If your child is small, you may not want to have the festivities too far from home. Throwing a party in the backyard or in a neighboring park is sufficient.This is also a good birthday idea for older kids..But having an older kid allows you to have more choices on where to have the party. You could take the kids out to a local pizza parlor or the amusement park.
- When- In setting the date for the party, it’s recommended to choose a date that will accommodate most people, such as on a weekend. You should also set times that are sensible. Setting your party between 2pm and 5pm means you are off the hook from cooking a full meal. For smaller kids, consider scheduling the party around nap time. Parties do not need to be longer than two hours as most kids will start to lose their focus. You would probably be very tired too after managing the entire party!
Food can always be a top highlight at a party. Cake is always a must! For children, simple finger foods are the easiest. Sandwiches, crisps, fresh fruit and veggies cut into bite-sized chunks are all great choices. Another great idea for younger kids is to have a DIY activity, such as building their own pizzas using English muffins as the crust. You could also set out icing, colored sugar and sprinkles to let them decorate their own creations. It will save you a lot of energy and effort.
You can find simple and inexpensive decorations at most discount shops and party supply stores.You can buy a few crepe streamers for the walls, paper plates and utensils for the food, and balloons to add colour. You can also add a couple of posters with the child’s favorite superhero, cartoon character or princess.
The forms of entertainment at the party will depend on your child’s age. For small children, they may be content playing together on a rug or in a sandbox. By the time kids turn four or five, they’re old enough to understand how most games work. Depending on the time of year, you could have water games in the yard such as water balloon toss, squirt gun battles or have a wading pool. You could also have relays, hide and seek or any number of classic outdoor games.
If you must stay indoors, there are a lot of classic party games to enjoy as well. Some popular choices include pin the tail on the donkey, blind man’s bluff or take a swing. You can also include arts and crafts activities like painting t-shirts that they can take home with them.
Before each child leaves, make sure that they receive a small bag of party favors as a little thank you for attending.. You could toss in simple take-homes like stickers, crayons and coloring book and a bubble bottle. A small package of graham cracker snacks completes the bag.
When throwing a party for your child, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Just remember that most kids birthday ideas are uncomplicated.. Kids will always be happy to see their friends. Keep in mind your child’s age as younger ones can become overwhelmed. And remember to keep the party under two hours to keep things under control. With a little careful planning, you can plan a party that is perfect for you and for your child!