Planning the perfect kids’ birthday party
Birthday parties are often the most exciting events of the year for kids. Food, fun, friends and presents – it’s the stuff that the best childhood memories are made of.
For parents, though, kids’ birthday parties can sometimes be a little stressful. Planning a kid’s birthday party can feel like an enormous task – organising the venue, choosing the date, sticking to the budget and making the decorations … the list seems endless.
Added to this is the fact that kids’ birthday parties are getting more original every day – a few rounds of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” in the backyard are no longer enough to capture the imagination of most pint-sized party-goers.
But any parent who has seen the delight on the birthday girl or boy’s face as the big day finally arrives will no doubt agree that planning a special kids’ birthday party is worth the effort. And, if you keep a few simple tips in mind, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare – in fact, it can be a fun day for everyone.
Choosing a venue
If the idea of having dozens of excitable children descending on your home doesn’t appeal to you, investigate booking a fun kids’ birthday party venue at which to hold the event. Not only will you not have to worry about the mess, some kids’ party venues will also arrange the food, the cake, activities and entertainment, so you can relax and enjoy the party too.
Choose and book your kids’ party venue as early as you can, that way you’ll know how much – or how little – work you need to do for the big day.
Plan with the birthday boy or girl
If your child is old enough, involve them in the planning – you might offer a few suggestions for the party theme, the food or the cake, and let the birthday boy or girl choose the one they want.
Tip: If your child has a best friend, it’s a good idea to make sure they can come on the date you are planning before you make any venue bookings or send out invitations.
Send out invitations
Once you’ve decided on a date and a venue, make a list of invitees and send out invitations at least three weeks ahead of time. Some kids’ party venues provide invitations as part of their party packages – check with the venue when you book.
If you’re planning a large number of guests, make sure your venue is well set up for supervised activities. Also, don’t make the party too long – around 2 hours is more than enough party time for kids.
Old favourites like party pies, sausage rolls and fairy bread usually go down well with the littlies. If you’re having parents at the party, make sure you feed them too – dips, bread and antipasto plates are always a good option.
If you’d rather avoid the hassle of organizing the food yourself, consider outsourcing – many party venues offer catering as part of their kids’ birthday party packages.
Plan a structured party
Make sure you plan games or a main activity to keep the kids entertained – unstructured kids parties are a recipe for disaster.
Organise to have some games, craft-making or sporting activities to give your party a focus. Alternatively, choose a venue that offers a supervised main activity so you can sit back and relax!