The party planning process is very standard. You have to come up with a party idea, pick a theme, then start looking for the venue, the next thing on your to-do list is to organize the activities and prepare or order food. This process works wonders and saves time. You can also be sure to throw a party of a lifetime by following this process, so as far as the time and effort concerned, it is the best way to proceed when you are planning a first birthday party for a kid.
Of course, coming up with a party idea is the most important part, and if you don’t have an awesome idea yet – check out this post here. However, a truly great party is a rare unicorn. Think about it: if everyone follows the same process and sources ideas from the same sources, there is a very little chance that you will end up with something incredibly unique. But there are certain tips and tricks, that you can use to add a little bit of spice into a conventional party planning routine and make the party truly unforgettable.
Here are 7 ideas that will make kids remember the birthday party forever:
1. Hide prizes in food
Make a dough for cupcakes but before you pour them into the forms, place a small present or prize at the bottom of the form. When your guests start coming in hand them a tray full of cupcakes and let them choose the one they want. This little trick puts the guests into a party mood instantly. They will be amazed at your creativity and baking skills.
2. Be smart about the number of guests
When it comes to the number of guests, most parents have no clue what number is good. Usually, the number of children that equals your child’s age plus one, works wonders at the party. The reason you need to keep the number of guests closer to your child’s age is simple: it can be overwhelming for kids to handle too many new friends and they can become irritable. So stick to the old rule. Another little trick is to keep the number strictly equal to the age for toddlers parties. You see, toddlers work and socialize best in pairs, they are very competitive and protective of their personal space, so make sure every kid has a pair to enjoy the party with.
3. Have something adult-friendly
The most difficult task for a party host is to keep everyone entertained including the adult guests. This can be a challenge at the kids party because adults are rarely interested in kids activities and games. Besides, many parents view kids birthday party as a burden, since they have to work around their schedules and spend at least two hours at the party. If you want to be seen as a caring host, make sure you have some adult-friendly activities at the party. A mimosa bar will keep the adults happy. Add some coconut water to the bar menu and you will have adults lining up for the drinks and talking excitedly about the party.
4. Create fun party bags
Party bags don’t have to be too expensive. Small presents like chocolate, sweets, balloons, bubble blowers, stickers and a bit of cake make up for great filling of the party bags. If you are feeling particularly creative you can put in temporary tattoos, decks of fun cards, pocketbooks or even matching pajamas. Imagine the kids’ surprise when instead of a standard candy filled party bag they will receive something educational and unique. They will certainly remember the party forever!
5. Add a bowl of temporary tattoos at the entrance
Tattoos are admired by children but not every parent allows them. So why not give the kids a chance to get a tattoo only for the evening? Place a bowl of temporary tattoos along with the tray of cupcakes next to the entrance and have guests pick one or two. Also place a mirror somewhere in the vicinity, so that the guests can check out their tattooed arms and shoulders. Make sure to have a wide collection of tattoos available: from heart and unicorn-shaped to skulls and knights in shining armors.
6. Treat kids as celebrities
Pretend your birthday party guests are red carpet stars. Lay down a red carpet before the entrance, write down attire requirements on the invitation and invite the parents to become paparazzi. Parents love taking photos of their kids, so whenever they have a chance they will be happy to participate. And kids will have lots of fun pretending to be stars, creating the costumes and dressing up for the event.
7. Make glitter candles for the cake
Most of the birthday cakes are adorned by boring candles indicating the birthday party girl or boy’s age. But if you want to make the cake a bit more special, try adding some glitter to the candles. Here is a step by step guide on how to make them.
8. Bring karaoke
Karaoke is an all time favorite activity for both parents and the kids. It is lots of fun and it also develops language and communication skills. Pick very simple tunes, that everyone knows, blast the music and run a karaoke contest. The winner is determined by the number of votes and gets a title of a music star.
9. Invite a home zoo
Looking to teach your kids some animal loving skills? Bring a home zoo into your party. There are many entertainment companies that organize a fenced area in your backyard and bring rabbits, ducks or miniature pigs. The kids will surely love stroking the cute animals and you can teach them about the animals eating and living habits.
10. Teach the kids some dance moves
You can invite a professional dancer to the party, have the kids form a circle and start learning the amazing dance moves. You can also become a teacher yourself by watching Youtube videos. If you are not comfortable with modern dancing, try some old school moves. Dancing does not have to be perfect, but you and your guests will have fun nevertheless.
Amazing parties don’t have to be too elaborate. Sometimes a little trick or a small surprise present can do the trick and turn the usual party into an unforgettable bash. You just have to search for kids party ideas and be creative. Don’t be afraid to ask for help too. There are many amazing party planners that will make sure your party is a blast. Use these 12 party ideas and you will hear your guests talking about the great time they had even after the party is over.