Your child’s birthday was the best day of your life. Now, it’s time to celebrate it.
The only problem is, you’re not quite sure how to plan a kid’s birthday party. If it’s the first-ever soiree you’ve put together, so it’s understandable that you’d need a bit of help.
Here are our five best tips for planning your child’s special day.
1. Set a Budget
You not might think you would need a kid’s party budget. How expensive could it be to put such an event together?
In 2017, though, Moms.com found that parents were spending $500 on average for their children’s parties. That’s a lot more money than you were probably thinking it’d cost you, right?
You can cut down on this number, of course. Just plan out your budget beforehand — and stick to it as you plan.
2. Choose the Location
If you want to keep things cheap, then your home might be the best spot for your child’s birthday party.
However, if you want it to be in a special restaurant, play place, kids’ class or park, then book your venue well in advance. Other parents will want to use the same locations, after all. You don’t want to get your heart set on a certain space and then lose out because someone else has reserved it.
3. Plan the Activities
Next, you’ll want to plan some birthday party games and activities.
There are plenty of ideas out there for children’s activities that suit participants of all ages. For example, for little kids, you might play freeze dance or have a bicycle race.
Meanwhile, older partygoers might like it if you rent these trampolines for them to jump on and play. If your child is this age, though, they can also pitch in ideas for things to do at their party.
4. Have Food for Everyone
In most cases, kids won’t be the only ones on the guest list at your child’s birthday party. Set your menu so that younger guests and their parents will all find something they like to eat.
The kids’ food will be easy. Stick to classics that all little ones will eat, such as pizza, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, sandwiches and fruit. Adults will eat these things, too, of course — or you can prepare a few more sophisticated options if you want.
5. Make It Short and Sweet
Kids’ attention spans are infamously short. So, make sure your birthday party plans suit this quality.
Little kids might only be able to handle a 90-minute gathering. Meanwhile, older kids could tire of the festivities after two to three hours.
Make sure you plan the party around middle-of-the-day naptimes, as well as normal meal times. That way, you won’t have any cranky guests.
Enjoy Your Kid’s Birthday Party
These five tips will help you make the most out of your kid’s birthday party. And, after you plan one, you’ll feel so much more confident to plan next year’s festivities and the soiree after that…
And if you need any more help, don’t hesitate to browse the rest of our blog for more party-planning advice.