Party planning can be stressful, but it’s so satisfying when it all goes right. I personally love planning birthday parties for my little ones. If the idea makes you anxious, don’t fret! Here are some tips for organizing the perfect kid’s birthday party.
Choose the Theme
A theme will help streamline all your ideas and make everything feel cohesive. I recommend asking your kiddo what kind of birthday party they’d like! They usually have some great ideas.
If they need suggestions, their favorite movie is usually a good indicator of the kind of party they may like. If your little one can’t get enough of Frozen, that’s probably what they’ll want their party theme to be. Other than that, some popular party themes include:
· Their favorite color
Once you have a theme, you’ll have a direction to go in for décor, snacks, games, party favors, etc. You can even choose a cake and a birthday outfit that match the theme!
Put Together the Invite
Before sending the invitations, you’ll need to decide how many people are invited. Is this a friend party or a family party? How many friends can your child invite? It helps to keep your budget in mind for this one. It’s perfectly valid to only invite six of your kid’s closest friends rather than their whole class.
Your kiddo’s comfort level also factors in here. They may not be comfortable with a huge party; a small get-together might be just what they want! Check with them to make sure you’re on the same page with the guest list.
Plan Some Activities
Plan some fun activities for the kids to do once they get tired of running around or talking. Bouncy castles and board games are classics for a reason. For small parties, playing video games like Mario Kart together might be a great option. Depending on their age, the kids might even entertain themselves, so keep that in mind!
When it comes to themed activities, the sky’s the limit! At a mermaid-themed party, you probably won’t be able to get the kids out of the pool anyway, so plan pool games to play. For a model- or princess-themed party, they could have a blast dressing up and doing a “photo shoot” with you and the other parents. If your kiddo’s party is truck- or NASCAR-themed, consider renting a ride-on car or two for your kid’s party. The kids will have a great time driving them around or racing each other.
Organizing the perfect kid’s birthday party doesn’t have to be a hassle! These tips have always worked for me; I’m sure they’ll make the process easier for you too.
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