Got Big Kids Birthday Party Plans? Check Out Our Tips to Host a Perfect Party
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Best Friends[/x_custom_headline]
•If your child has a best friend make sure they can come on the date you are planning for the party before you go ahead with bookings and invitations. The day just won’t be the same without their partner in crime by their side.
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Involve the birthday party child in the planning[/x_custom_headline]
•If your child is old enough, sit down with her and offer a few suggestions for the kids birthday party theme and venue. Restrict the options though to want you can do and what you can afford before you start talking, it is very easy for a kids birthday party to get out of control and really cost the earth. Consider also the age of your child and whether or not the party guest will be simply dropped off or will you have to cater for the parent too? This will restrict numbers based on space and budget, so bear that in mind before you start deciding on themes.
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Plan, Plan. Plan…. And Plan[/x_custom_headline]
•Plan what kids birthday party food the kids are going to eat, what party games they will play and what to give to each child when they leave. Plan what you are going to do for the 15mins it takes for everyone to arrive. Plan what you are going to do with the coats etc kids turn up with. Who is going to deal with the child who doesn’t want to join in? Be really clear on when you want the children picking up. Make a space for where you want all the gifts to be stacked (preferably away from the children, particularly little ones who cannot resist….). If you are holding it at home, clear away your child’s favourite things beforehand. Children are not great at sharing and if it gets broken…..
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Who to invite?[/x_custom_headline]
This is an absolute minefield particularly if you are friends with a Mum whose child your child doesn’t particularly get on with. As a rule of thumb I would invite the kids my child wants, but I would also make sure that no-one is particularly left out (ie if you have invited all the girls in the class bar one, just invite her – imagine if she was your child!)
• Big is not always best – even if it means your child gets loads of presents!
• If you are planning party games make sure you invite an even number of children so no one is left out.
• Older children handle bigger groups better than younger children. Even the most robust younger child can be overwhelmed by a big party
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]The Ideal Time for the Party[/x_custom_headline]
• Weekend parties are better for younger children and family can attend too, while older children will enjoy an after school party. They love spending all day in anticipation of going home together, plus your party won’t clash with Saturday sport. If you are planning a Sunday party, keep in mind some people attend church in the morning.
• Consider the age of your guests. Younger children may need a sleep in the afternoon so plan a morning party. Do you want to serve a meal particularly to babies ? If not go for the party ending around 11:30 – 12:00 pm so people have time to get home to feed their child, or risk the afternoon, with the provisio that your child might not be in the best of moods then.
• Want to serve a meal? The ideal time is to plan your party around meal times – An 11:00am Start or 4:00pm start means the meal time is 12:00pm or 5:00pm. Youngsters will take an age to eat so do plan enough time to the meal especially if serving it around a meal time. Older Kids will wolf down the food – be careful of letting the kids help themselves, they don’t understand etiquette and will take loads of their favourite food leaving nothing for the other party guests.
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Food[/x_custom_headline]
• Don’t expect the kids to like everything your child likes. You will have fussy children and it is best to just cater for them rather than expecting them to eat what you eat. Go for really simple favourites like sandwiches, pizza, chicken nuggets, sausages and chips and be mindful of allergies. Ice cream or ice lollies go down really well too – however just imagine the mess. Make sure all the drinks you serve have lids on them, fruit shoots are ideal. No matter what age someone will spill a drink. Decide if you are going to serve the cake at the party or in party bags for the way home.
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Party Games[/x_custom_headline]
Under 3’s have no concept of party games and playing with another child, therefore don’t plan the traditional party games unless their parents have stayed to help! Action rhymes and simply playing with loads of toys amuse them the most. Bubbles are great – you can entertain loads of children easily!
For over 3’s to 6 year olds, all the traditional party games are great fun. You can really go to town and theme all the games to the party themes, for example with pirates, musical chairs becomes Treasure lslands using bits of newspaper as the islands. Or they can become Princess Castles with a Princess theme. You can also reverse the traditional games, musical statues is really fun when they have to stay still during the music and dance when the music is not playing!
Over 6’s have generally grown out of games, they are more like to do arts and crafts, or bouncy castles, or make -up or sports games. Just don’t fall into the trap of thinking they will amuse themselves because they are older. In many ways they are harder to deal with because they fall out (especially girls) and will go off in various factions if not amused by the adults
[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h5″ looks_like=”h5″]Present Opening at the party – Do you? Don’t You??[/x_custom_headline]
• Do you or don’t you open presents with your party guests? Opening presents after everyone has gone home is much less stressful (there is no one to hear your child announce he or she doesn’t like the present) and you are less likely to lose bits and pieces if you are on hand. It is also a wonderful way to end a day that may well have been filled with both laughter and tears. If you open presents after everyone has left, it’s nice to send thank you notes.
[x_blockquote type=”left”]About Kidzplay[/x_blockquote]
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