Birthday parties are a great way for kids to get together with family and friends to celebrate their special day. But it’s no secret that planning a kids’ birthday party can be pretty stressful. By taking it one simple step at a time, parents and caregivers can organize and execute the perfect kids’ birthday party with ease.
Create a budget
One of the first steps to take is to decide on a budget. Kids are going to have a lot of parties over the years, so many parents try to keep their budget pretty low for birthday parties.
No matter what the final budget is, the party can still be amazing. For parents trying to stick to a lower budget, money can be saved by making food instead of buying it, having it at home instead of renting a venue, and even taking on some DIY projects for decorations.
Finalize the guest list
A party isn’t a party without guests, so the guest list should be finalized pretty early on. Whether it’s going to be just family, a few close friends, or the child’s entire class from school, the guest list needs to be completed first so that parents can then decide on a location, food, and other details accordingly.
Decide on the location
It’s important to decide on a location early on, as well, because if a lodge or party house needs to be rented, enough notice should be given. Depending on how many people are being invited to the party, parents may choose to book a local venue or simply have people over to their house. Either way, deciding on the location is one of the first things that should be done.
Pick a theme
Every good party has a theme, and having a theme makes planning the party a whole lot easier. Common themes for kids’ birthday parties include superheroes, princesses, jungle, safari, or even sports. Based on the selected theme, parents can choose matching decorations and party favors. Decorations for kids’ birthday parties don’t have the be extreme, but it’s always nice to get creative and decorate the whole area. Some balloons, themed canvas prints, and streamers can go a long way.
Canvas prints can be even customized to portray the birthday star. Whether it’s in comic form, black-and-white, or retro-style, they can be created to be hung around the party.
Stick with basic food
Kids can be picky eaters and may not even eat a lot of food. This is why it’s a good idea to stick with some basic food selections for the party, even if there are going to be adults there. Treats like pizza, hot dogs, and, of course, cake are great options. Buying a lot of fancy food will most likely be a waste, unless the party guests are going to be mainly adults.
Always be sure to accommodate any special requests from the birthday kid, though, as it is their special day.
Have some entertainment
In order to keep the kids busy and out of trouble at the party, there needs to be some kind of entertainment. Whether it’s a Long Island bounce house, some kiddie pools, a petting zoo, or even just a playground, having something for the kids to do is a must-have. Parents can even organize a craft or face painting for the guests, depending on how many kids will be there.
Parents don’t have to work that hard trying to plan the perfect birthday party for their child. Instead, they should simply follow these easy steps, take their time, and start early to ease some of the stress. And if it’s in the budget, hiring some professional help never hurts. This way, they can actually enjoy the party-planning process and be excited come party day.
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