Birthday Bash: Children’s Birthday Party Checklist

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“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.

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Kid’s Party 101: The Best Birthday Games That Won’t Cost You a Dime!

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Children’s parties vary tremendously from an adult’s. Unlike a typical dinner soiree an adult hosts, a kid’s party is a myriad of various entertainment shows and of course, games. While an array of appropriate kiddie food should still be served, the party games kids will play are more integral to the occasion. After all, it is how you keep the kids from getting rowdy and bored and entertained as well. So, before you book a suitable birthday party venue for kids, it might be a good idea to come up with a list of party games your kids and their guests can play on his or her birthday party. While there are some games listed below that would require supplies, they are objects commonly found in the house. Furthermore, it is rather easy to improvise if you have another item in similar or opt to play the game in a variation of your own.

The games listed down below can be played by both kids and adults so that each and every single one of your guests is guaranteed to have a good time. Here are some of the best games you can play during your child’s birthday party:

1.) Treasure Hunt Game

The treasure hunt birthday party game is not only fun, it is easy to conduct as well—and you would only need the items you already have in your homes. Give your party guests a list of clues as to where they can find the “treasures” situated in various areas around your house or yard. Another way of playing this game is to lead your guests in several places in your home one clue at a time until they finally reach the ultimate treasure.

2.) Button-Button

If you want a bit more flair to your party games, then perhaps letting your guests play detective might be all you need to let them enjoy hours and hours of fun. Button, button, who has got the button? While this might be an uncommon party game, it is incredibly simple and straightforward that even your young guests will enjoy it. All you would need is a single button. The mechanics of the game are rather easy, just have one child at the center while the rest of the kids circle him with their hands and palms together as they pass the button. The child at the center closes his or her eyes while the children who are circling him pass the button around, then after a while, the child at the center would have to guess which child has the button.

3.) Charades

Charades is a fantastic game to play—whether you are a child or an adult. Think of age-appropriate things to have your little guests guess about. Alternatively, you can have a birthday theme for your kid’s party and think of relevant stuff to include in your game of charades.

4.) Marco Polo

If you have a pool, the mechanics of the game need not change. However, if you do not, this game can be modified to be just as fun on land as it is on water. All you would need is several sets of blindfolds and utilize the same rules the game has on water. Have the children blindfolded call out “Marco” while the child designated as “Marco Polo” should echo back “Polo” every single time.

5.) Dress Up Relay Race

Make your relay races a bit more fun and interesting by adding a bit of flair. Instead of having your guests compete in relay races the usual manner, let them compete for these races where they pile on clothes and accessories laid out. Make sure the clothes and accessories are relevant to the theme of your party.

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