Birthday parties are like travelling. Half the time is spent getting there is as fun as the party itself. It can be stressful as well, but in the end, it will be all worth it. Deciding on the theme, the decorations, food, the venue and the activities that will make the day even more memorable is as equally important as the day of the party and celebration itself.
Even with a big or small party, children in general will definitely feel special as long as you and the people surrounding them exert efforts in making them feel special. The key here is starting your planning early. The sooner you plan, the less things you have to worry about on the day of the celebration itself.
Here are some key tips to remember when planning for your kid’s party.
Always ask the celebrant
The birthday child will most likely have an idea of what kind of party he wants for his birthday. Thus it is important to consider his opinion in planning. Ask him about the theme and how he would want the party to go. You can even bring him along when shopping for decorations and other items for the party. This helps in spreading the anticipation. It will also be an experience that he’ll enjoy sharing with friends and families.
Plan as early as 6 weeks ahead
The earlier your plan the more time you’ll have to attend to several things for the party. You can start drawing up the guest list, confirming dates with guests that your child would want to be really present in the celebration as well as reserving for the venue in case you plan to do it outside your home. You can also start deciding on the games, activities and food that will be served during the party. Decorations can be prepared as early as this time frame to reduce the activities that you would need to attend to as the day of the party draws near.
Mail invitations 2-3 weeks ahead
It would be better to mail invitations as early as possible to ensure that the guests can still find time to adjust their schedule with the day of your child’s birthday celebration. You can also start purchasing party goods by this time as well as the party favors that you’ll need for the celebration. Arranging for extra help can be done during this time as well to clear out any possible conflicts in schedule.
Confirm with your guests a well before the party
It would be better to confirm with your guests a week before the party to be able to estimate the amount of food to be prepared during the party. Sitting arrangements can also be adjusted if your guests decide to bring a plus one or more. Confirm the date, time, attire and extra items to bring like towels and extra clothes in case you plan in hosting a swimming party.
Time and duration of the party
You do not have to feel pressured to entertain for several hours. Parties for toddlers and preschoolers should be kept around an hour or two. School-age kids on the other hand can have as much as four hours. This should be mention in your invitation as well so that your guest can still plan other activities, in case they have to, for the rest of that day.
Your children can have the best party they can have with careful and early planning. Their involvement also counts a lot in making their birthday celebration a success.