“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” -Barbara Johnson
Throwing your child a birthday bash is the perfect way to show him or her that they are being celebrated. After all, children themselves are gifts in our lives and one way to show them that is to commemorate their birthdays appropriately. However, while throwing a birthday party for a child may seem straightforward and easy enough, there are a lot of things you have to consider. After all, if you want your event to be a success, you need to plan accordingly. From selecting the best theme of your child’s birthday party to doing a headcount of your prospective guests, here is a checklist of the things you need to do if you intend to throw a birthday bash for your little tots:
1-3 MONTHS BEFORE
1.) Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants
Does your child want a ranch party theme? Then you better look up some fun ranch party packages beforehand. Is he or she more interested in having the party at home? Then try to see in which part of the house you can hold the party in. Regardless of what it would be, discuss with your child about the party, they want to have. You may dream up a lot of plans, but this is their party after all. Let them decide what they want, and you can plan from there.
2.) Come up with a guest list
Prior to coming up with a guest list, ask your child who they would like to invite to their party. From there, do a headcount so that you can appropriately plan how much food you are going to be serving your guests. Are you planning to invite his entire class? Or just a few select friends? Deciding on a headcount is crucial as not only will this give you an idea of how much food would be needed, but would also help you in selecting an appropriate party activity for the kids.
4 WEEKS BEFORE
1.) RSVP Important Guests
By now, you should already have an idea as to which guests your child is going to look forward to seeing during his or her big day. Call them up four weeks prior to the birthday party and ask whether they could make it or not. Your child is not likely to appreciate it if he finds out that his or her best friend would not be there the day of his or her party.
2.) Send invitations
Design written invitations and make sure they align with the party’s theme. Send them out to your guests and indicate whether parents are invited as well, and ask them to RSVP.
3.) Make a schedule of activities for the party
Children have short attention spans. Considering this, you have to find a way to ensure that 2-3 hours of the party would be filled with energetic activities or fun entertainment—something to keep a room full of kids occupied. In addition to that, you should think of games that are appropriate for the age of your child and his guests.
4.) Plan the menu
Know what you want to serve to your child’s party guests. Make sure to incorporate some of your child’s favorite foods as well. Remember to keep it simple and something that would not cause too much of a mess. Pizza, chicken, sliders—these are things that kids love and are easy to prepare.
ON THE DAY
1.) Clean the place
Spruce up the house—especially the areas where the party will be held. Display the food a couple of hours before the guests are set out to arrive. Cover them to make sure no outside elements contaminate them and to ensure freshness.
2.) Give parents who are staying some tasks
An extra helping hand would always be appreciated. If some of the parents are staying over for the party, give them a set of tasks to help you out.