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No matter what age your child is turning, a birthday is a very special day for any child and their family. It is a day when they feel loved, celebrated and important, and it’s a day to make memories. If you are planning a birthday party for your child, there are some things to remember in order to make it as special as possible.
Here are four important basics on how to make sure your child’s birthday party is one they will always remember.
Creating The Guest List
Consider your child’s age and interests when making the guest list. You don’t want to overwhelm them with too many people, but you also want to ensure enough guests for them to interact with. If your child is shy, you may want to limit the guest list to close friends and family. And if your child is old enough, they will want to make sure to invite their closest friends.
A good rule of thumb is to invite one guest every year your child has been alive, plus a few extras in case some guests can’t make it. This will ensure that there are enough people to keep your child entertained, but not so many that things get chaotic.
Preparing The Food
When it comes to food, make sure there are various options that will please both kids and adults. Healthy snacks, like vegetables and fruits, are always a good choice. You can also offer some less healthy options, like pizza or cake, but try to limit these so that your guests don’t get too full or too sugar-high. I made that mistake at my youngest son’s 6 year old party. Luckily, we had a really good backyard for all those little kids running around like crazy!
A good way of keeping sugar consumption low is to make something like this
smash cake recipe instead of getting a store-bought cake. Then you can still have all the fun with the messy photos, but know that you are feeding your baby healthy at the same time.
Decorating The Space
When it comes to decorating, try to strike a balance between festive and age-appropriate. For instance, with one-year-olds, sticking to a few simple streamers and balloons in their favourite colours is best as it won’t become overwhelming.
If your child is older they may have a favorite character or TV show you might want to introduce that into your theme. In fact, you will find that you can buy plenty of party supplies from gift bags to drink cups and even party favours with famous kids’ TV characters or popular genres like pirates and princesses.
Then at some point when your kids start reaching preteen to teen ages, you can basically go back to the streamers and balloons. My kids at their ages now means too much decorations can be “sooo embarrassing Mom”. LOL
You don’t want your guests to be bored, but you also don’t want them to be so busy that they’re exhausted. A good way to strike this balance is to plan a few activities that everyone can do together, like singing happy birthday or playing some simple games.
If you have a lot of little kids attending, you might want to hire a professional entertainer who can keep them busy with games and balloon animals. This can be a great way to take some of the pressure off you while still ensuring that your guests have a good time. Or if you are on a tight budget like I did for my son’s Lego birthday party, you can just put a bunch of outdoor toys in the backyard and let the kids run around and play. That was probably one of the most fun birthdays any of our kids ever had and the grand total was only $24 (where it could have only been $12.50 if I had used plates and cups from my kitchen instead of paper goods)
Birthday parties are such a fun way to celebrate your kiddos. Don’t stress out if the party isn’t “perfect”. The party isn’t so much about all the details of the party. It’s about your children knowing you love them and there is no other way that a birthday party could be more perfect.
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