Children’s birthday parties are what memories are made of. It is an event of great importance, and should be planned to perfection, not only for the child but for parents too.
I have hosted parties that when my husband came home his first comments was “I thought the party was today!”. It was held in my sitting room where sixteen six year olds were sitting in a circle with an entertainer.
So here are five tips to ensure you have the perfect children’s party.
Choose a Date.
Preferably week before or a week after the actual birthday. Remember to send out your invitations.
Unless the birthday falls during school holidays like Easter or Christmas remember that people have other family commitments or are travelling at this time of the year.
If you are hosting your party at the weekend, remember too that a lot of children have activities they attend then too.
This is best money you will ever spend to keep children entertained, alternatively if you have a niece or nephew who is good with children they can organise sports or nail painting, they are often a lot cheaper.
You can never go wrong with the good bouncy castle, however this really only works best from ages 5 – 8 before that they are too small and after that age it can get messy.
It is vital to send invitations two weeks prior to the party.
Clearly write the drop off and collection times and RSVP – regrets only (depending on your preference), otherwise your phone or message inbox will get very full.
It is becoming more popular to put gift ideas on invitations and a €5 gift voucher is always a welcome sight on an invitation.
Choose A Theme
Your child will be very quick to let you know what theme they want and most parents know exactly what their little one wants.
Princess, pirate, a cartoon character or sport.
Don’t forget that all themes also have a matching colour and you can mix and match the theme and block colour tableware.
Don’t forget it’s a party and the children should have fun. Mix healthy food with treats, the old favourites are still the same.
Cocktail sausages, mini sandwiches, popcorn, jellies and of course cake don’t forget the candles.
If you are not into baking ask Grandparents or godparents or a close friend to help.
Make sure to pack a mini goody bag to hand to each child as they are leaving.
Most importantly have FUN!
It is a party and there is no mess that can’t be vacuumed up. Remember to charge the camera and take lots of pitures.