Time passes quickly, especially when you are not paying attention. Your kids’ childhoods can disappear in the blink of an eye if you are not careful.
When it comes to things like birthday celebrations, you should take the opportunity to spend more time with your children and create memories for a lifetime. Trust me, your kids will appreciate it.
Not sure what you can do for your child’s birthday party? Here are some ideas to get you started on planning what may be a bash to remember.
Involve Your Kid
One of the most challenging lessons a parent learns is that your children can be independent and have desires that do not intersect with your own.
This can be true even before they hit their terrible teens. That said, you can take this opportunity to get to know your kids better by incorporating them in your birthday planning process.
By doing so, you can design a day that they will enjoy to the maximum. You might also be surprised at how much they can help you out.
At the very least, your kid will give you an idea of which direction to go in for the party. They can also help decide how many people to invite and who to put on the guest list.
Do not let the excitement of planning your child’s birthday party overwhelm you. By getting your kid’s help, you will also tailor the event to their comfort level, not your own.
Theme It Up
One of the best ways to plan a party is by having it revolve around a specific theme. That is, other than the birthday child, of course.
You can have a sleepover party, pool party or an outdoor movie event. Make it a craft party or DIY food party. If you have the budget for it, a spa day might be something memorable and unique.
Alternatively, a theme can encourage kids to dress up and inject some pomp and circumstance into the day.
You can also get loads of inspiration with regards to decorations when you have a central theme. Some fun ideas include Under the Sea, Superheroes, and Magic and Monsters.
Choose the Ideal Venue
Having a party in your house can be very taxing, not least because you have to handle the clean-up afterwards. It might be more convenient and economical to rent out a location such as a restaurant. Some places like bowling alleys, movie theatres or skating rinks make great party spaces and come with entertainment to boot. Otherwise, you can just head to the park too.
Be sure to consider aspects such as budget, food, and parking when picking the ideal location. Some venues will have the staff to help out with things like decorations and cakes as well.
Keeping the Kids Entertained
Being a parent, you should be very aware of how hard it can be to keep your children occupied. This can be worsened when you have at least a dozen of them running about.
A great way to overcome this is by having games and toys ready. That way, the kids are free to play however they want, making use of their creativity and imagination. There are wooden toys such as balance beams or kinderboards that will immediately draw the kids’ attention.
Brainier ones may go for timed puzzles instead. You can easily host competitions this way too. Some other activities to consider include classic games such as hide-and-seek. If you are up for the planning involved, treasure hunts are fun and can be specially tailored to your kid’s age.
A Special Appearance
Another way to keep the kids’ attention is by arranging for a special appearance. Whether it is hiring a clown or magician, you are sure to see some smiling faces. If your budget is a problem, consider your personal contacts. Getting a police officer or firefighter to attend in uniform will surely be an exciting cameo too.
It is All About Timing
How long will your party last? This is one of the main things you must keep in mind during planning. Depending on when you have the party, you may have to provide food more substantial than finger foods and party snacks. It will also help determine what kind of activities you can arrange.
Do Not Leave Out the Parents
While your child’s birthday party shines a light on the light of your life, it is also a chance for parents to socialise. That said, you should make it known to the parents whether they are expected to stay or just drop their kids off. You may need their help to chaperone as well. Be sure to include food and drink suitable for them too.