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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Five Ways to Throw a Successful Kiddie Birthday Bash

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Throwing a birthday party for a kid is widely different than throwing a bash for an adult. In some cases, it may be even more stressful and time-consuming. Whereas teenagers and adults would be fairly satisfied with food and drinks, kids, on the other hand, are another story. There are so many aspects to consider such as how to entertain your young guests and keep them entertained. After all, kids do not possess the same attention span as adults do and could easily get bored after a while. However, fear not, children are fairly easy to please after all. So, if you are planning a birthday party or are hosting a kiddie birthday party anytime soon, here are some tried and tested tips to make it a successful bash:

1.) Have a theme in mind

Generally, in planning a kid’s birthday party, it is best to have a theme in mind so that you can base the rest of the party from that theme. This is so you that the rest of the party’s aspects such as the decorations, the entertainment, and the giveaways would have congruence. One such example is to have a ranch style party that you can hold in a local barn with a petting zoo. There are so many caterers that would offer you fun ranch party packages that are affordable as well as fun and entertaining for the kids.

2.) Consider the Food Issue

Most kids would be picky eaters and are unlikely to eat something they are unfamiliar with. In order to have a good workaround to this issue, look for a neutral menu that you are certain kids would love. An example would be a menu that consists of hamburgers, spaghetti, fries, pizza, and stews. These are all inexpensive to make and kids will love it. Additionally, make sure to have colorful utensils as kids are attracted to color and as much as possible, these should be plastic so that should accidents happen, you would not have much to clean up nor replace.

3.) Get creative

To curb costs, opt to do the decorations and the souvenirs yourself most especially if you have a creative streak. It might be time-consuming but the money you will save from making this than buying them ready-made would be very much worth it. Apart from the money you can potentially save, kiddie party decors are pretty straightforward and are not all that hard to make. You would only need small inexpensive packets of construction paper, craft foam, a pair of scissors and some tape or glue which you can then transform into banners and paper chains of any color combinations you want.

4.) Decide whether you want to use your home

An integral aspect of planning a kid’s birthday party is the venue. This is because if your home does not have an area where kids can freely roam around and would have a lot of fragile objects, you are putting those items at a risk when the kids would run amok or when they play. True enough, home parties can save you a great deal of money as you can leverage how much you would spend on food and decorations, but if you do not want to put that much effort in and you would not want to run the risk of broken house items, then choose a venue.

5.) Decide if you want to have the parents stay

Most parents would leave their kids at the party venue and would go on about their day until it is ready to pick them up. Other parents, however, would want to stay and keep a close watch on their kids. To make sure there is no miscommunication, indicate it on the invitation if the parents are invited to stay or not.

 

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Tips to Avoid a Children’s Birthday Party Disaster

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Throwing a party and attending one can be great fun, and celebrating your birthday, where in your honor a party is thrown is, even more, fun. However, this does not necessarily mean that all parties celebrated and celebrated are successes. More often than not, when a bunch of kids is lumped together and on an elevated sugar high at that from all the notorious candy offered—something somewhere is bound to go wrong. No matter how adequately prepared you are for your child’s natal day or how many contingency plans you have—in a children’s party, it is best to expect the unexpected. After all, dealing with one child can be a handful, having a dozen or more of them in the same room would take a miracle for you to handle.

But this does not mean you could do absolutely nothing about it and resign your fate to the hands of a bunch of toddlers. The fact is, being well equipped with information regarding what may go wrong and how to deal with it head on can make the difference between a successful party and a disastrous one. So, if you are planning your child’s next birthday party, read the tips below on how to avoid a party disaster.

1.) Talk to your child about the guest list

Children would naturally want to invite all of their friends and classmates to their birthday parties, but that does not mean that you as the parent would want the same thing either. It largely depends on the budget you have allocated for your child’s party and the birthday party package you have chosen. But to avoid tantrums from your child, hurting your wallet and having an unwanted guest who spoils all the fun come, give your child a realistic number of guests they can choose to bring to their party.

2.) Wait until everyone is gone before letting your child open gifts

Kids can get antsy to open their gifts the moment they receive it, but remind your child to go out and play with their guests and participate in the games before they can get to their presents. Ideally, presents should be opened long when all the guests have gone home. This is to avoid any tantrums thrown by other children who may get jealous on what your kid may have received and would want the opened toy for themselves. Additionally, this is a great way to appease children when their parties are over.

3.) Ask guests to RSVP at least a week before the scheduled party

Nothing would dismay your child more than no guests showing up to their party. Regardless of how much you have planned for this party or have meticulously constructed your invitations, it is inevitable that some busy parents would forget that their child is scheduled to attend your child’s birthday party. To make sure this does not happen, ask them to RSVP at least a week prior to the scheduled party. A couple of days before the party, send them a reminder about your event to make sure it does not slip their mind.

4.) Have a plan for your pet

If you are planning to hold your kid’s party in your home, make sure that your pets have somewhere safe to stay away from the guests as having pets with a party underway can only result in two things: Your little guests may either be startled by your furry friend or your furry friend may be enthusiastic about making friends with your little guests. Some kids are afraid of pets while some of your guests may wreak havoc on your pet. If there is no available space in your homes for your pet, ask a neighbor to take care of your pet for the duration of the party.

5.) Make sure your kids BFF can come

Guests may come in droves to your kid’s party, but your child will feel undeniably incomplete without their best friend to celebrate it with. Contact the parents of your child’s best friend beforehand and make it absolutely sure that they can come to your kid’s party. Your child will inevitably have a better time if they have their partner in crime to celebrate their birthday with.

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