There comes a time or several times in every parent’s life that you will need to use all your smarts, patience, and management skills just to give your kid the happiness they deserve. Planning your child’s birthday party is one of those occasions.
Your kid’s birthday may not be as grand an event like the presidential inaugural ball or the Academy Awards. But these people are your kids, and they deserve to have the best that you can give. So although you’re not planning a national event, you’re going to give your all to throw your child the best birthday parties every time.
Birthday parties aren’t all fun and games, though, especially if you’re the one planning and organizing. There are lots of things to do, supplies to buy, guests to invite, and children to handle. You’re bound to encounter these challenges before and during the event, but if you can get through them, you’re guaranteed to have a stress-free party.
Discover How to Throw an Amazing Kid’s Birthday Party WITHOUT Stressing!
Throwing a party costs money. You have to buy decorations, invitation cards, party, favors, food, and whatnot. With the popularity of posting photos and content to garner “likes” on social media, the pressure is on for parents to throw elaborate (and expensive) birthday parties for their children.
But how much should a children’s party really cost? On average, American parents spend $100 to $300 to organize a children’s birthday parties with 10 guests, so the more guests you have, the more you will have to spend.
Look for ways you can save on your party expenses. Buy affordable party decorations and supplies online, or find items around the house. Plan a celebration that you can afford. It won’t do to go bankrupt for the sake of showing off to other people.
Planning and Preparation
The before-the-party stage is the most stressful part of the whole event because this is when all the menial jobs need to be done. The first step is deciding the theme of the party. One to three months before their birthday, you should talk to your child and ask what kind of party they want so you can decide on the theme early on and have ample time to search for party supplies.
This stage involves a lot of steps; thus, it would be good if you create a checklist of all the tasks you need to do, like making the guest list, sending invitations, creating the menu, ordering the cake, and selecting the party favors. It would help to add a time frame or schedule for each task too to avoid missing anything.
You can’t have a party without guests, and you won’t have guests unless you work with their schedule. Find the right timing to ensure that everyone, especially your child’s guests, can go to the party. Consider scheduling the party on the weekend; most people don’t go to school or work on those days.
Parents may also not allow their kids to attend your party on a school day, or they may be too busy to take their kids. A weekend party will also be more beneficial to you because you’ll have more time to prepare if you don’t need to rush after work, assuming you don’t work on weekends.
Kids are fun and lovable, but they can be a handful too. Imagine looking after a group of kids by yourself. You’re practically courting disaster. Someone can suddenly fall ill, throw a tantrum, or get carried away by their excitement.
You must be prepared to deal with mishaps that can happen before, during, and after the party. Invite the parents of your little guests so they can look after their own children. While the kids have their fun, parents can also enjoy one another’s company and talk about your children.
Planning and organizing a children’s party can be overwhelming, but if you can arm yourself with all the knowledge, skills, and treats (to calm agitated children), you’ll spare yourself the stress. Preparation and ample time are the keys to this. Start working on the party preparation one to three months before you kids’ birthday so, if something doesn’t go according to play, there’s enough time for plans B to Z.