Everyone wants to hear their kid say, “That was the best birthday party ever!” And when talking you your once child as an adult you know you will want to hear if asked “What was your favorite birthday party” you will want to hear them say “Well, I really don’t know! They were all so fantastic it is hard to pick out just one!” You know you want to be that parent that the child brags about at school for giving the best and most creativity birthday parties ever. Does this mean you have to spend a ton of money to ...
Everyone wants to hear their kid say, “That was the best birthday party ever!” And when talking you your once child as an adult you know you will want to hear if asked “What was your favorite birthday party” you will want to hear them say “Well, I really don’t know! They were all so fantastic it is hard to pick out just one!” You know you want to be that parent that the child brags about at school for giving the best and most creativity birthday parties ever. Does this mean you have to spend a ton of money to achieve this fame? No, not at all; you would be surprised on little you have to spend to put on a fantastic birthday party leaving your wallet and child happy.
Chapter 2 – Must Know Birthday Party Secret Tips
Face it; getting a group of kids together for a birthday party, regardless of age, takes a lot of finesse, quality thought and consideration, time, and sometimes a lot of Tylenol. Some people have a real knack for party giving and appear to handle it with ease others escape barely by the skin of their knees. Those that appear to tackle any size birthday party, regardless of age of child do so because they have mastered the skill of organization and must have the nerves of steel. However, for those of us who have not quite mastered the organization nor achieved the nerves of steel, here are some tips that will help your next birthday party go without a hitch. Tip One: You are creating a birthday party for your child. Unless it is a surprise party, you should always involve your child in the party planning and preparation stages. This gives them ownership of the party and allows them to get excited making it that much more of an memorable event. The anticipation for the grand day alone will keep them amped in helping make sure everything that needs done is completed. Of course, if it is a toddler party, although their input is great to get, their preparation for the event should be made to be age appropriate. Allow your child input on theme, location, menu, games, guest list, and decorations. All ages of children can help fill party favor bags and older children can help fill out invitations, and decorate. Tip Two: The dreaded guest list; this is where you may have to step in and draw some boundaries. Younger children it is easier to compile a list of a few close friends and their children or a few children from your child’s daycare. Older children, if allowed, would invite their entire school. Know your limitations first. Ask yourself just how many screaming, laughing, loud, and rowdy kids can you handle at one time. Give your child a ballpark number. (Word to the wise, shoot low first.) Give your child the least amount of kids you can handle comfortably. Say if your maximum is 10, offer your child 5 guest. Allow them to counter and if it gets up to ten you are still within your limitation range, yet they feel like they made the final call.
Keep in mind the ages of the kids being invited as well and how much help you will have when setting your personal limitations. Will adults accompany them or will you be on your own. If the birthday party is for a toddler, specify that an adult must remain with the child at the party. This saves you from having to be
disciplinarian to a child who may be less then accommodating. A good rule of thumb with toddlers is to take their age and just add one and invite no more guests then that. Therefore, for a 3 year olds birthday party the most amount of guest you would invite would be four. The average party guest-list is eight children for children over the age of six so do not feel like you are shortchanging your child by not having more. Keep in mind where the party will be housed at such as in the home, yard, roller or ice skating rinks, park, recreation center, public beach or swimming pool, laser tag or paint ball facility, sporting event, convention center, or a hotel. Some of these locations can be very expensive so you may want to consider the amount of guest per cost of location when giving an allowable head count. Tip Three: Honestly, do you want to have an all day birthday party? Here is when you do get to pull in the reins and set a time limit for the blessed event! How long do you want the party to go on? Toddler parties are easy to put a time limited on. They tire quickly for the most part and other parents may have their child on a strict routine. So generally, an hour to an hour in a half is ample time for a toddler’s birthday. Kindergarten to 3rd grade can vary a bit more depending on the child personally. However, no more then 3 hours is needed o celebrate in a smashing style. Again, here is a time to know your limitations and stick to them. Older children are going to think they want their party to go on all day and night. This is where you have the option of saying “Too bad, so sad” or again you can make a low bid offer and allow them...