A tall cake, handful of balloons and any new dress is all that we wished for on our birthdays. Small joys in kids’ lives. Not anymore.
Wish it was so simple in today’s time and age. For parents of young kids, planning a birthday party can be one of the more stressful occasions of parenthood. Today’s birthday parties have become more elaborate, depending on the type of experience you want to give your little one and just how much disposable green you want to spend to show that love.
What’s popular? Art, animals and unique adventures, like a new Pokeman Go that has popped up in everyone’s gadgets from a far away land. A magician never hurts, either.
Want to throw a special party for your precious? Here’s a rundown for perfect party planning.
Pick date & time: Just like any good party planning the key is to start early because dates book up quickly and pick a time that works with the age of your kids. Weekend parties are better for younger children and family can attend too, while older children will enjoy an after school party, if you can manage it.
Start collecting party paraphernalia a couple of weeks prior to the big day and store it all in a plastic tub so it’s easy to access when party time arrives.
Guest list & Invitations: Make it easy on yourself by going paperless using various online invitation websites. They often set up date reminders and give you a running list of the number of guests coming and who replied.
Big is not always best – don’t get trapped into inviting everyone your child has ever known.
Venue: There’s a lot of choices when it comes to deciding on a party spot. Many parents are choosing to stay home for the event which can make it cheaper but most likely you’ll need to spring for some type of entertainment.
Many outdoor venues provide invitations so make sure to ask if you’re holding the party away from home.
Menu: Pizza is the go-to favourite for kids birthday bashes. Most venues will offer this as an add-on item.
If parents are dropping off children at the party, be sure you know about any food allergies. It’s best to avoid anything with nuts (including peanut butter sandwiches) because so many children are allergic to them.
Music and Dance: Nonstop fun appeals to both parents and young guests. The party theme can be weaved around music, dancing and singing and trust us that the kids are never bored here because there is never a dull moment.
Party favors: Don’t forget this party must. You can do it yourself if you are creative or want something specific. Most venues offer this perk and it’s matched to the theme of the party.
Birthday Outfit: While it may not sound as important to parents while planning, it certainly comes in the priority list for the child. The birthday child especially if she is a girl most certainly wants to stand out from the crowd through her dress. And why should they not, its their birthday after all.
Thanks to technology, parents can save up on time by choosing designer birthday dresses for kids from stellar brands like Kidology and others. Kidology also has a unique and wide range of baby girl birthday dresses.
And if this is not enough, guess what’s the best way to make it grand for your child?
Involve the birthday boy or girl in the planning. If your child is old enough, sit down with her and offer a few suggestions for the birthday party theme – to avoid disappointment perhaps write down the options you are prepared to invest your time and money in and then let her choose from the list.
Don’t ask your child to come up with the party plan because tears may follow when you say no to a petting zoo on your apartment balcony.