Birthday parties are some of the most memorable events in children’s lives, and while parents love seeing their kids happy, planning these parties can be a little stressful! Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce the party planning stress and create a fantastic party for your little one. Here are five tips for planning your child’s birthday.
- Decide on a theme
Your child may want the party centered around his or her favorite character, or maybe a color or place. Themes are also helpful for parents, as they simplify your choice of invitations, decorations, games, food, and so on. So themes are a win-win for parents and children alike!
- Follow a planning timeline
Most of us are insanely busy these days, but don’t postpone party planning until the last minute. Ideally, you should start planning at least six weeks in advance. Create a party planning to-do list and schedule weekly tasks. This way, you will not only be prepared but you’ll also save yourself undue stress.
- Location, location, location
Decide whether you’ll be having the party at home or somewhere else. While having the party at home is convenient, off-site parties have a number of advantages—most notably being able to go back to a clean home after the party! You can often reserve space in a local park or community recreation center for a small fee. There are also kid-friendly restaurants, children’s museums, indoor playgrounds, gymnastic centers, and even fire departments.
- Plan your guest list
It’s important to ensure that your child’s closest friends and relatives will be there at the party, because without them he or she just won’t have as much fun. If your child’s best friend or favorite aunt can’t be there, then consider changing the date—even if it’s not their exact birthday or the day you were originally thinking. Your child’s happiness should be your most important concern, and if he or she is not happy, you probably won’t be either!
- Try these activities and games
Towards the beginning of the party, you could have the kids color birthday hats or put stickers on a “Happy Birthday” banner. If you’re feeling up for it, you can have face-painting, temporary tattoos, or hand stamps; for these, you could have a family member (even a teenager) sit at a table off to the side and let kids go to her.
Scavenger hunts are also fun! Have children search for little party favors like stickers, balls, or pinwheels. Party favors could also be seasonal. If it’s in the fall, they could search for pumpkins; if it’s in the winter, give them one mitten and have them search for the other; if it’s near Valentine’s Day, have them look for matching hearts or halves of hearts.
Planning your little one’s birthday party should be enjoyable, not stressful! Use these tips to ease any planning anxiety you may have and create a great birthday party for your child. Do you live in Southern California? You can reserve a private party for your child at one of our Scooter’s Jungle birthday party venues for kids in Orange County, Los Angeles County, or Ventura County! We specialize in taking care of EVERYTHING for you – from the setup and teardown to the food and games and everything in between. Find a location near you now!
Remember to always have fun!