Planning your child’s birthday party can be a strange mixture of emotions. You’re excited because they’re excited, you’re looking forward to getting hold of all the party decorations, arranging the food and helping them write invitations, but on the other hand, there’s also the idea of 30+ children to cater for, entertain and keep safe for at least 2 hours…it’s a rollercoaster, to say the least!
Celebrating your child’s latest milestone is a wonderful thing, you get to spoil them with gifts – check out wicked uncle for the latest gifts – witness the look of happiness on their faces, spend time with them and yet it’s incredibly difficult to not get stressed and overwhelmed!
Looking for a solution? Read on for 5 ways to keep your kids’ party, fun and stress-free!
Cut that guest list
It’s cheaper, less stress and will make things much more fun. Limit the guest list to the age of your child. Don’t feel pressured to inviting the whole class. It’s not worth it.
Make things easier for yourself
Don’t be tempted to play the hero and do it all yourself. Of course, you know what your child wants so you probably think you’re the best person to bring it all to fruition. However, many hands make light work and you’ll be doing yourself a massive favour if you get friends and family involved. You can delegate as you see fit, and remain in control of everything, it just means you can focus on the birthday boy/girl a little more and not get overly stressed throughout the whole thing.
Don’t over complicate things
Paper lanterns, perfectly decorated tea light holders, beautifully written place-names – all of this sounds lovely, but this is a kids birthday party, not a wedding reception. Don’t over complicate things just keep it simple. Kids won’t appreciate or even notice the individually placed sequins on homemade bunting. Just make it bright and colourful. Streamers, balloons, a colourful table cloth, themed plates and cups – it’s all you need!
Have a backup plan
The party game you assumed would take 25 minutes is in fact over in 8. Nightmare! To stop this happening and to keep impending stress to a minimum, have additional party games at the ready. It won’t matter if pass the parcel is over too quickly as long as you can start the music and get everyone involved in musical statues, no one will notice! Pin the tail on the donkey, sleeping lions (a nice quiet option), a treasure hunt etc. Make a list and have your supplies at the ready.
It’s not unheard of for the accumulative price of the party bags and the goods inside to cost more than the party itself! But don’t sweat it. You have plenty of options here, if guest numbers are small then consider gifting each child a book. If the party involved making something then they can take their creations and some sweets home, or if you want to keep it traditional, a small bag, a slice of cake, a small toy and a balloon. Simple!