Birthdays are very different for children and adults. If you can think back to your younger years, you will remember a great deal of excitement surrounding days like this, with the idea of becoming a whole year older being too much to contain. This makes the celebration for these special days incredibly crucial. Your little one won’t have friends who can plan for their birthday, and you will be the one with this lofty task. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to organize a day like this without having to spend a fortune in the process.
As the very first thing you need to choose, the activities at your party will need to be suitable for the children who are attending it. Unlike adults, kids won’t have very much fun when sat around a table eating a meal, and they certainly can’t go into any bars. This means that you have to find fun for them, and there are loads of options to choose from when you’re going down this sort of route. It’s worth thinking about your child’s favourite activities, along with the ability of each of their friends to get involved with it.
Sports: Even if a child doesn’t enjoy watching something like football on the TV, they will still have a lot of fun when they have the chance to play it with friends. If you have a local sports center, the odds are that they will offer kids birthday party services, and this gives you an excellent chance to start the planning without having to put loads of work into it.
Garden Parties: If you’d prefer a slightly more hands-on approach to your party, using your garden could also be a great idea. The weather will have to be good for this to work, and you may need to do some research to find the best inflatable obstacle courses or temporary pools to make the space more fun. This is a great way to save some money while providing an excellent party.
Theme Parks: This last idea isn’t for the impatient or easily stressed. Theme parks can provide a huge amount of scope for fun when you’re a child, and this makes them a great place for birthday parties. You will almost certainly need more than one adult to help you with this, as the little ones could easily go out of control if you don’t have the right support.
The Food & Drink
As any veteran party planner will tell you, the very worst thing you can let slip will be the food you give to the kids during the special day. They will be harder to keep in line when they are hungry, and you won’t know how to calm other people’s children, making this into an incredible battle. You should plan your food and drink long in advance of the party itself, as this can be tricky once the day rolls around, and you may not have a chance to sort it out.
Food: While it takes longer to prepare and consume, food is easier to manage that drinks. If you go to a business for the activities the kids will be enjoying, you will usually be given the option to have the party catered for. This will make planning and organising everything far easier. Alternatively, you could create a cold buffet, using things like sandwiches, cakes, and other long-lasting snacks to give the little ones everything they need.
Drinks: Ensuring that your party has enough to drink for the whole day can be a little more challenging. If your party is at home, you need only fill the fridge with beverages which are good for little ones. For those who have gone out to celebrate, though, you may have to buy drinks for the kids, and this will have to be done several times before the day is through, making it worth taking plenty of cash with you.
Once you have the activities and food ironed out for your party, you will be ready to begin the process of figuring out the logistical side of your event. Having some support will be crucial, as it will be impossible to look after a large group by yourself. Alongside this, though, you also need to think about things like transport and allergies, as these factors can have a big influence on the day your planning out.
Transport: Getting a group of kids from one point to another shouldn’t be too big of a challenge, though you may need to borrow a vehicle which is suitable for the task. Minibuses come in loads of shapes and sizes, though most people have the right kind of licence to be able to drive them. You can borrow something like this from a local company, giving all of the kids transport to the big day.
Timings: As you’ll be paying for a lot of the fun the kids will be having throughout the birthday celebration, it makes sense to maximise the time they are able to get from everything. To achieve this goal, you will need to plan the timings for the kid’s arrivals perfectly, ensuring that each parent knows when they need to arrive.
Allergies & Other Health Issues: When you are looking after a large group of children, it is essential that you have a strong understanding of the health issues and allergies they might have. You should ask each parent about this, though they will usually offer the information freely if it is important to their child.
Finally, as the last area to consider in all of this, it’s time to think about the invites you’ll be sending out. This document will tell the parents when they need to arrive, what they should bring, and if there are any special requirements which they need to fulfill, along with a section which makes it easy for them to reply.
The Kids: Unless you are hosting the party yourself, there will usually be a limited number of places on an event like this. This means that your kids will have to choose their invites carefully, and you may need to help them along in this process. It’s worth keeping in mind that your child has probably been invited to other people’s parties in the past.
The Invites: Once you have an idea of who you want to come to the party, you will have the chance to start preparing the invites themselves. Emails are the easiest way to do this, though your child may enjoy the opportunity to hand them out in letter form, as this can be an exciting process to go through.
The Goody Bags: While it isn’t essential, giving out goody bags at the end of a party is very common. These little bags can contain anything, from small toys to sweets and games. You should have your child help you to pack these up, as this can also be a fun step in the process, and will get your little one excited about the big day.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling inspired to make a start on the work you put into planning your children’s parties. A lot of parents struggle with this, finding it hard to know what they need to do when they are presented with this task. Of course, though, putting time into it will always be the best way to achieve what you want.