The Professional Party Planner’s Guide to Children’s Parties
Planning a birthday party for children is always fun; children have such amazing imaginations and sense of fun that they are both fun and easy to plan a birthday party for. If you are planning a birthday party for your child, take the opportunity to have some fun with ideas and plan the best party you can. You can bet that your child, and all of their friends, will love you for making the extra effort.
The first consideration for any child’s birthday party is to understand that the goal of the entire day, and the event itself, is to make your child feel like they are king or queen for the day. The day is all about them feeling special and nothing more. The most successful child’s party is one where the child is happy, their friends and family are happy, and no one ends up crying.
The second consideration for a child’s birthday party is what the child wants to have as a theme. If you sit down your child and ask them you might be pleasantly surprised at the simple wishes they give you. Many children want only very basic things such as a particular color or special food choice. Take your queues from your child and try to develop a party around their wishes which fits into your ability and budget.
If you will be having a party where your guests are very young, you will need more adults present to help you. You cannot be in all places at all times, and by having other people at the party, things will go much smoother and with much less stress. If the parents ask if they can stay for the party you will want to invite them to do just that. You will definitely need the help and you might even make some new friends in the process!
If you will be inviting the children who your child goes to school with, you need to either invite the entire class, or plan on distributing your invitations outside of school. This rule is meant to keep from hurting children’s feelings and is generally in effect at most schools.
Before the party, discuss manners with your child. Explain to them about duplicate or unwanted gifts and other times when it is appropriate to use good manners. Also, insist, gently, that guests use their best manners as well while they are in your home. This will make the day go much better for everyone, although sometimes those unavoidable and embarrassing moments end up being pretty funny.
Planning crafts or games for a young child’s party is essential. There is nothing worse than ten young kids with nothing to do. They will whine, fight and tear apart your house in no time flat. By keeping them occupied everyone will have a much better time. However, it is always good to plan extra activities just in case something doesn’t go as well as you planned it to be. This way, you can switch to doing something else without too much hassle or complaint. If your budget allows, a party at a restaurant chain, kids museum or activity center is great for keeping the kids entertained.
It is also important to remember that a child’s birthday party doesn’t have to last all afternoon. A simple party which lasts two hours is plenty long enough, and by this time the guests will likely be getting cranky and restless. The kiddies may also need a nap too!! Share your stories and tips here to help plan a great children's birthday party!
Have fun and smile!!
The iDesign Team
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