It’s your child’s birthday, and like any parent, you want to throw a terrific birthday party they won’t forget. You’ve got some ideas in mind, but it’s the execution that scares you.
This is because there are many things to cover, like who’s coming, how you’ll pay for everything, and what you need at the party to keep guests entertained.
If you aren’t organized and strategic about party planning, the stress will take away from the celebration and impact your child and guests’ ability to have a good time.
Here’s how to sidestep the stress and plan the best birthday party for your kids.
Define Your Budget for the Party
Thankfully, the cost of the party is entirely up to you. You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money on a party you can’t afford. Instead, you can host the best party for your specific budget. But you must define that budget first.
Don’t feel like you have to borrow money or use credit cards to fund your party. You’ll feel better using your money, even if it is a small budget.
Once you have a number hammered down, allocate specific amounts to party expenses. For example, let’s say your budget is $200. You could put $50 towards food and another $50 toward decorations and invitations. Then, the rest could go toward entertainment and activities.
Planning your party will go a lot smoother with a definitive budget to base things on.
Choose a Party Theme
The theme of a birthday party is a fun, unique way to put a spin on the day, and helps you make decisions about decorations, food, and entertainment.
For example, let’s say your child wants a superhero-themed birthday party. You could have all the guests dress up as their favorite superheroes. Put your child’s favorite on their cake and hang up superhero-inspired balloons and streamers. You could hire superhero impersonators for the party.
Sit down with your child and let them list their interests for the theme of their party. Take this list and circle the ones that are affordable based on your budget. Then, ask your child to make the final decision.
Decide on the Perfect Party Location
Where you have your kid’s birthday party matters. It needs to be in a place where the children can have fun freely and enjoy themselves. Your location also needs to have the necessities for a party, such as tables and chairs and a place to store the food.
Your perfect party location depends on your budget. You should also factor in the theme of your party. For instance, let’s say your child is having a little mermaid-themed party. You could have the party at the beach to accommodate your budget and the party theme.
Give your child a few location options that you’ve picked out. Allow them to make the final decision just as they did with the theme.
Pick Entertainment and Activities Your Child Loves
The goal is for everyone to be entertained at your party. You want all the kids and adults attending to find something they enjoy. Most importantly, you want your child to relish all of the entertainment and activities at the party.
Spend a good amount of time picking party activities. Consider your budget once again and see if you can afford an entertainer. Along with that, plan out structured activities for the partygoers.
Outdoor activities are ideal for kids because they have room to run around. You could put a bouncy house in your backyard, set up a sack race, and play games like tag and hide and seek. You can designate an area for crafts and another for sports.
Let your child make a list of activities they want to do at their party and make as many as possible happen.
Make Sure All Guests Feel Welcomed
All of the kids you invite to the party will be different. Their interests and needs will vary. You need to be aware of the needs and interests unique to each partygoer to ensure everyone feels welcomed and involved at your event.
Ask parents to disclose any needs their child has that you should be aware of. Reassure them that you’re only asking to make sure their child can fully enjoy the party.
Accommodate these needs and consider incorporating these ideas to make your party as inclusive and accessible as possible:
- Invite a diverse group of guests to your party
- Plan activities that are mindful of different levels of abilities
- Use clear signage, designated pathways, and accessible exits and entrances
- Offer a wide array of food choices to accommodate different diets and allergies
Do all that you can to host a party that all kids, regardless of ability, background, or experience, can have fun at.
Keep Your Party Organized
Kids’ parties can get chaotic quickly if you aren’t careful. Guests will start to arrive and before you know it things are getting broken, kids are getting hurt, and everything is all over the place. Letting chaos erupt in your party only results in you having to shut things down early.
So, prioritize keeping your kid’s party organized and under control. Establish clear ground rules for what’s appropriate and what isn’t at the party, and share them with guests as they arrive. Designate areas for each activity to keep things orderly. Finally, keep the kids fed and engaged with structured activities.
An organized birthday party reduces stress and conflicts during your kid’s special day and makes it possible for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.
Although it’s common, planning a kids’ birthday party doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. You can have just as much fun preparing for your child’s party as you do on the day of it.
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