Mommy Katie: It’s Party Time! How do I Plan my Kid’s Birthday Party?

Friday, October 20, 2017

It’s Party Time! How do I Plan my Kid’s Birthday Party?


So you’ve been told what theme they want, what cake their friends had, how many people they want to invite from their class, you’ve been advised to tell the world about the best party of the year, you’ve bought a metal sign to illuminate and shine from afar so everyone knows where the party is happening. You’ve been begged for this, you’ve been pleaded with for that and you’ve  promised some things and not others…all while trying to keep to some sort of budget and remember half the things you said would be okay…

Just breathe. It’s only a kid’s party. And they’ll enjoy it regardless if their favourite superhero or fairy princess turns up or not. But what can you do to make it a little easier? Well, here are a few ideas on how you can plan like a dream, rather than planning a nightmare!

Decide on a theme
Many parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organise invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect his/her interests — whether it's a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an animal adventure! The possibilities are endless!

Pick your decorations
Atmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. That doesn't mean you need to fly to the Grand Canyon for a campout party. Kids are naturally imaginative; they'll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

Stop the guest list from getting out of control
Let go of social obligations and focus on keeping the numbers manageable. One good guideline is to invite as many kids as your child's age plus one.
Other ways to cut the list: Limit invitees to a discrete group, such as your child's playgroup or only girls or boys. And if a friend who had your child at his celebration doesn't make the cut, set up a special playdate or outing instead.

Location, location, location
If you don’t fancy a group of children running around your house the consider other options. Community centres are often a nice, cheap alternative. Or get in touch with kid friendly restaurants, soft play areas or even small animal parks – find out which one will work out cheapest.

Don’t worry about the party bags
Buying lots of cheap little plastic toys and sticking them in a bag with some sweets and cake might seem like a clever idea, but the cost will soon add up! Why not choose a thankyou gift rather than a goody bag? Something that fits the theme would be ideal, for example, you can pick up children’s books at discount stores for sometimes as little as a £1; ideal for a pyjama party theme.
Wrap these individually and their enthusiasm will be far greater than if they’d just been handed a party bag!



3 comments:

tat2gurlzrock said...

I really like these tips especially the last one. That is clever!

Julie Wood said...

These are great tips and picking a theme and sticking to it really helps. I get a lot of my party stuff at the Dollar Store and make some decorations myself.

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

I loved planning my kids birthday parties. I did themes when my children were particularly interested in something. I looked at it as a fun challenge to throw a great party as inexpensivey as I could.