Don't slack on kids' birthday parties!
March 08, 2010
For most children, their birthday party is likely to be one of the most highly anticipated events of their year. Not only do youngsters absolutely love turning another year older, but they'll relish the opportunity to invite all of their friends and classmates to celebrate their big day with them.
Though parents are often a little overwhelmed by the idea of supervising, entertaining and caring for a hoard of sugared-up school-aged children, it's important that they go for it anyway - some of their children's best childhood memories may be made on their birthday!
Send out creative birthday invitations
Because the guests' parents will be coordinating their children's schedules, picking them up and dropping them off, it's important that you send out birthday invitations in advance - it will be much more convenient than trying to get all of the parents on the phone.
Make sure that the invitations specify a drop-off and pick-up time, and that you included directions to your home and a contact number in case they get lost along the way.
Make it a sleepover party!
It's a little extra work, but kids love sleepover parties. They can play games, watch movies and chat with their friends all night (or until you call lights out).
If you're hosting a sleepover, make sure to ask on the invitations that the pint-sized partygoers come prepared with their own sleeping bag and toiletries. And don't forget to stock up on snacks!
Kids birthday party supplies
When preparing for the fun fete, it's important to stock up on birthday decorations, like colorful helium balloons, streamers and tablecloths, as well as birthday party supplies like paper cups, plates and napkins (which will make cleanup easier).
Kids will be excited and thrilled by the decorations, which will transform your whole party space.
Allow streamers to swoop from the ceiling in wide patterns, and let some of the balloons float to the top.
Play party games
It's important to keep kids occupied, so that they won't get bored or cranky. Organizing a few party games beforehand will keep you from having to come up with activities on the spot.
If your son or daughter has a hobby or passion, you could center your activity around that. For example, if your daughter loves Twilight (and it's likely that her friends will, too) then have a Twilight trivia contest, with favors for those who really know their stuff.
Then, the girls can all watch the Twilight movies before fall asleep.
If your son loves robots or the Transformer movies, help all of the boys make their own Transformer from cardboard boxes (they can paint them, too).
It takes organizational skills and energy to throw a successful kids' birthday party, but it will be well worth all of your time and effort when you realize how happy the party made your child.