We assume that throwing birthday parties for kids is all about cake, ice-cream, and bright decorations. Unfortunately, when the big day starts to draw closer and you realize that you don’t have a theme (or much of a clue), you’re left with the stress of potentially facing disappointed daughters and sons.
Most parents already know that throwing an incredible kids party is quite the challenge. After all, we not only want to make our sons and daughters smile, but we also want to avoid doing something that might damage their self-esteem, or worse – embarrass them in front of their friends. The good news, is that you don’t have to tackle your next party alone!
Here, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about throwing a kids birthdya part without the headache of endless planning stress.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Choose a Time and a Date
The secret to stress-free parties is planning.
Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, or the most exciting princess-themed party in the city, you’re going to need weeks of planning to get everything done.
At least a month before the “big day”, choose a date and time for your celebration. This will give your guests plenty of time to plan their after-school activities and commitments accordingly. The last thing you want is for no-one to turn up at your child’s party because you couldn’t settle on a date.
In terms of time, the afternoon is often a good choice for children’s parties. Afternoons give you the morning to prepare food and decorate, and the evening to clean up after everyone’s gone home. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. You could always check in with the parents of your guests to find out which dates and times work best for them.
Step 2: Inviting the Guests
You want your child to feel popular, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should roll out the red carpet for his or her entire school.
The truth is that you’re not morally obligated to invite everyone just to ensure that no-one’s left out. Most parents will understand if you don’t invite their kid to your party, particularly if the birthday boy or girl doesn’t have a strong relationship with the child in question.
A good way to get started with your guest-list, is to write up a list that contains the names of all the people in his or her class, as well as the names of people your kid knows from after-school activities and clubs. Then, you can ask your child to put a tick next to the people they most want at their party. That should give you a basic idea of how big the event’s going to be.
Step 3: Choosing a Venue
When hosting a kids’ birthday party, it should be pretty easy to decide whether you want to deal with the mess, cake crumbs, and wrapping paper at your own home, or whether you’d rather deal with it somewhere else.
Although birthday parties for kids that take place in your backyard can be cost-effective, they also face a range of additional problems that can add to the stress factor in your planning preparation. For instance, with an at-home party, not only do you have to clean up after the guests, but you also need to decorate, cater, and find sources of entertainment.
Usually, keeping kids happy at an at-home party means hiring entertainers or games, which eliminates the cost-savings you get from avoiding a professional venue. If you’re looking for something that’s simple, stress-free, and budget friendly, your best bet is to find a local venue that’s dedicated to kids’ birthday celebrations.
Step 4: Finding the Source of the “Fun”
Birthday parties for kids are all about the fun.
Sure, you can play some music and leave the children to their own devices, but the chances are that they’ll start to get restless if you don’t have some planned activities ready. Depending on the theme of your party, and the age-range of the guests, you might be able to find a range of different activities for your kids to do. However, remember that the more you have to do, the more stressful the party is going to be for you.
If you’re concerned that you might not be able to plan and prepare dozens of different games in time for the big day, then you might need to consider looking for a venue that can offer entertainment for you. Various locations that host kids party experiences also host shows, themes, and fun things to do that take all the stress off your plate.
Step 5: Dealing with the Catering
Catering for kids can be very easy, or it can be very complicated.
Usually, children are happy to eat almost anything, and so long as there’s plenty of sweet treats to indulge in, you should be able to keep the little ones happy. Unfortunately, this plan only works until you encounter the nightmare of all kids’ birthday celebrations: allergies.
Allergies and preferences need to be considered well in advance of the big day, to make sure that your party doesn’t end with a trip to the emergency room. If the venue that you choose is offering catering too, then you should be able to get in touch and let them know about any “special requests” they need to be aware of.
A good idea is to include a “dietary” section on the invitations that you send out to your child’s guests. In this area, you can encourage parents to include information about their child’s diet, and any foods that need to be avoided at all costs.
Step 6: The Little Extras
Sometimes, the smallest touches can make the biggest impact – particularly when it comes to a kid’s party.
A frozen-themed party that has an appearance from someone dressed up as Elsa can potentially blow your child away. Your daughter’s favorite food on the buffet, or a special moment when everyone gets together to sing “Happy Birthday” can bring an instant smile to your child’s face.
As a parent, you’ll know the little extras that will appeal most to your child, but we recommend thinking carefully about your theme, and what you want to accomplish with your party. At the same time, remember that it’s okay to take steps that will make the event more special for you too!
For instance, hiring a photographer to come along and take pictures of the big event could mean that you have a beautiful scrapbook of memories to carry with you for years to come. Alternatively, you might ask guests to sign their name and put a little message into a guest book so that your child can reminisce about their party for weeks after the celebration.
The Key to Stress Free Parties? Ask for Help
Though all the steps outlined above are crucial to hosting and planning a stress-free kid’s birthday party, the most important thing you can do to ease the weight on your shoulders, is know when to ask for help.
There’s no rule saying that parents can’t enjoy their kids’ party too, and you should have at least one helper that can ease the burden, whether it’s a family member, friend, or a spouse. Alternatively, you can banish the stress entirely by simply finding a venue that will do all the hard work for you.
With the right venue, you can have instant access to the right theme, entertainment, catering, and space. That means that all you need to do is send out the invites, sit back, and enjoy some cake.
The Polliwogs can give your child the birthday experience of their dreams, with incredible entertainment, and fun for the whole family. All of that – and you don’t have to worry about tidying up after the celebration! Why not get in touch today to find out more?