By Emsie Martin
Whether they are turning two or eight, celebrating your little one’s birthday is an exciting and special event. You can keep costs down by sticking to just cake and cool drinks, having it at home and keeping your guest list to a minimum. Either way, here are some helpful hints on how to plan the perfect kid’s birthday party:
Check to see if your child’s best friends can make the proposed party date and time. Birthdays are much more fun with the besties around.
Get your kid involved
Get your child involved in the party planning. Ask them to think of party themes and activities. You can get inexpensive party décor at any supermarket.
Guest list and invitations
Younger kids handle smaller groups better. It’s usually best to invite the child and a parent. The more help with the supervision of the kids, the better for you. Aim to invite kids that are the same age as your little one. These days you can print personalised party invites off the internet, so that’s one thing less to worry about.
Serve your kid’s favourite things to eat. Think finger foods like pizza, hotdogs, chicken nuggets and sandwiches. Cut up your sandwiches using cookie cutter shapes to make it interesting and fun for the kids. You can also order your birthday cake in advance from your favourite supermarket or bakery.
Parties are usually held on a weekend. If you plan to serve lunch, have your party from 11:00 to 14:00. If it’s about the birthday cake, cool drinks and games, then schedule your party from 14:00 tot 17:00.
Younger kids will enjoy “pinning the tail on the donkey” and musical chairs. Older kids will love a treasure hunt or art and craft activities.
You can go out and hire a venue or have it at home. This depends on how much you are willing to spend and the space you have at home, or in the garden. This will also depend on the weather. Start your planning four to five weeks ahead of time.
Collect all the gifts from your guests and place them out of the way while the party is going on. It’s best to open them after the guests have left. It makes for the perfect end to your perfect party event. Don’t forget to send out thank you notes to you guests.