Most of the time, parents will fall into one of two boxes when it comes to kid’s parties. They will flourish as party planners and love the whole process, from brainstorming and organising to hosting and supervising, or they will crumble under the pressure and will hate the idea of a kid’s party from the beginning until the end.
Kid’s parties don’t have to be stressful though. They should bring out the kid in you, and give you the chance to make a memorable party for your little one that will be the envy of all of their classmates. That doesn’t mean you will have to spend a fortune, though. There’s no need for over-the-top cakes and fancy themes or venues. Work within your budget, play to your child’s wishes, and you will have a very happy (albeit sleepy) birthday girl or boy afterwards. Here are five things for you to consider, to help to make your kid’s party as successful as possible.
Consider how much everything will cost and set a budget to stick to. This doesn’t just mean the venue, the food and the entertainment. You should also bear in mind the cost of the party bags, the cake, and the party dress – everything to do with their birthday party that you can think of.
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To help you to set the budget, write a list of everything that you need to think of, and tick them off as and when you do them. Checklists are a great way of keeping on track.
If you’re planning on a theme, set one early so that you can give clear instructions on the invitations. If it’s a straightforward party with no fancy dress theme, you can still treat the birthday girl or boy with a new outfit. This needn’t take a chunk of your budget, either. George’s range of girl’s party dresses are affordable and of great quality – perfect for any birthday princess.
Think Outside the Box
Why book the same thing that has been done a thousand times before? A soft play centre or village hall with a disco may be the easiest option, but how will your child’s party stand out from all the rest if that’s the route you choose to go down? Think outside the box and make it a little different, and they’ll remember it forever. Perhaps a petting zoo, a trip to Go Ape, a Build a Bear workshop or some
Disney princesses wouldn’t go amiss?
Obviously, this would take a chunk of your budget, so plan wisely.
Make sure that you send out the invitations in plenty of time, so that the chance of friends being able to attend is as high as possible. Make sure that you include on the invitation all of the details that the guests will need, including time, date, dress code and contact details. If you’re on a budget, consider designing your own and photocopying them – far cheaper and more personal!
Remember that after all this is said and done, the main person you need to make happy is your child. Ask them what they want – if they’re happy with a couple of mates around for tea, then why bother spending a fortune on a party that they don’t need? Whatever you do, your child will love it.
This is a promotional post with images from Teresa Forn.