Planning a party for children can be surprisingly stressful. Gone are the days when we played pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey at the birthday boy or girl’s home, before tucking into a party spread of cardboard sandwiches, cocktail sausages and jelly and ice cream. These days everyone seems to be going bigger and better than everyone else, and planning a party for your child can sometimes seem like playing a game of keeping up with the Joneses. It needn’t be that way though. The most important thing is that your child has an amazing time at his or her birthday party and you can ensure that happens by involving them in decisions about their party. Some great tips for planning a fabulous party are:
Decide on a Venue and Date
Are you going to throw the party at home, in a hall, at a playcentre or a pool? The list of places offering parties for kids these days is huge – you can even have them at the zoo! Once you decide what kind of a party you want you’ll be able to book the venue. If you are planning on having the party away from home, make sure you book well in advance, especially if it’s a popular venue.
A quick check with your child’s best friend to see if they can make the party on the date you’re planning on is always a good idea. It simply wouldn’t be a party without their partner in crime.
Decide on a Theme
Even if you’re just planning to coordinate the cake with the paper plates and napkins, deciding on a theme with your child in advance is something you should do early on so you can coordinate the invites and let parents know in advance if the party will be fancy dress. The George fancy dress shop has some great choices including princesses, super heroes, animals, pirates and well loved characters from stories and films, so there’s sure to be something to give you a little inspiration for your theme, while making it easy for parents to pick up an outfit locally without breaking the bank.
Some great themes that have been popular of late are fairy parties, pirate and princesses parties, Skylanders parties, Cat in the Hat parties, super hero parties and Disney themed parties. You’ll find some great theme ideas on Babble and pinterest if you need a little inspiration.
If you have a theme you may well be making your food to fit your theme, but in general children enjoy the familiar, so don’t go for anything too fancy. Think sandwiches cut into shapes, mini pizzas, sausage rolls, cherry tomatoes, biscuits and cakes and you’ll be onto a winner with even the fussiest little eaters.
If you’re planning on getting a cake made especially for your child, make sure you book it at least six weeks in advance to guarantee it will be ready for the big day. Remember you can pick up some amazing cakes while on your weekly food shop, so take a look at what they have in store in the lead up to the party.
Above all, just remember a party is supposed to be fun, so don’t sweat the small stuff and you’ll find you enjoy it almost as much as your child does.