Planning a child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. It can seem like the stakes are high with imaginative expectations and a class list to impress. Don’t forget that the party is supposed to be a fun occasion! With just a few simple steps you can pull everything together for a wonderful celebration without chaos, confusion, or breaking the bank.
Nail the Guest List
The first thing you need to do is nail down the guest list. You need to decide if you are going to invite your child’s entire class or just their close friends. You also need to decide if it is going to be a drop off party or if parents need to stay with their children. If you have more than one child, decide if siblings are going to stay at the party or if they are going to go out with a family member while the party is happening.
Activities for the Parents
If you choose for parents to stay at the party, make sure to have activities for them. You can offer parents the opportunity to help with the party events, or you can have a designated area with snacks just for them. Set out games or other forms of entertainment specifically for the adults if you are worried about them getting bored.
Figure Out the Food
Food allergies can be a real problem when you’re throwing a party, so make sure to contact parents before the party to find out if their children suffer from them. You can even ask parents to contact you about food allergies when you send out the invitations. Make sure to have easy foods for picky eaters as well.
Indoor or Outdoor?
When deciding whether to have your child’s party inside or outside, consider the time of year, the number of kids attending, and safety. If your house can’t hold the number of kids coming, you may need to move the party outdoors if weather permits. If you have a playset, check what it’s on: Wood chips and synthetic grass tend to be less muddy than when it’s just dirt underneath. Make sure your yard is safe for the age group you are inviting and have a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Siblings and other family members can help you decorate and prepare food. Enlist the whole family, and give each person a task from your to-do list. This takes the pressure off you and allows everyone in the family to help with the celebration.
Enjoy your child’s party by planning early and keeping it simple. There are a million ways to make it complicated and unique, but a little forethought and streamlining can help you plan a party everyone loves. You will help create memories that will last.