The younger the participants the less structure you need to worry about. The younger the kids, the more relaxed they will be. Keeping it simple is important. Kids can entertain each other better than adults, so you don’t need to worry about too much structure. Minimal structure does not mean minimal parental supervision. A successful children party’s most important component is responsible adult supervision.
Planning the Party
Before you buy anything, you must set your budget. Don’t spend a dime before you set a budget. Your budget will determine many things such as the food, how many you can invite, entertainment, etc. Set the theme of the party before you go out for shopping for the party. The number and age of kids will determine what kind of games you should consider. Games are no an absolute must, but it may help with some of the older kids. Choosing the proper location is an important success factor. Kids need lots of space; they don’t like to sit around, so you have to give them space. Most importantly the location must be safe, and it must be large enough to accommodate your guests. A party at someone’s house is fine, as long as it meets your requirements.
Make sure you don’t leave home without a checklist. Shopping by a checklist will enable you to only buy what is necessary. In addition, it helps to avoid impulse buying. You should have a list including everything important for your party. Such a list can help you relax, because you don’t have to worry about remembering everything. Your list should include items such the cake, party favors, ice cream, games, etc. Depending on the particular party you may not need a long list, but make sure you have one.
Depending on the kind of party you are planning, formal invitations may be necessary. Make sure you send invitations at least two-three weeks prior to the party date, to allow parents planning and buying gifts. Using e-mail to notify the parents may save you a lot of time instead of mailing invitations. Always offer an RSVP so you know how many children and parents to expect for the party.
Games, Favors, & Activities
The number and kind of games you have at the party depends on the age of the kids and the location of the party. You don’t have to worry about games for a beach party as a party held at someone’s house during the winter. As much as you can, get the children involved with the planning. The more involved they are in the planning the more they will enjoy the party
Now that you have some birthday planning advice, get planning.