Here it is once again. It’s that special time of year during which you tear your hair out, watch it turn grey or both.
Yes, it’s your child’s birthday.
I’m not suggesting you don’t love your little one and want them to have a special day, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t up to your eyeballs in stress. Throwing adult parties seems fairly straightforward, but, for some reason, throwing a party for children seems to require a professional events organiser.
Still, there’s no need to throw in the towel just yet. Whether your child wants a party with 3 friends or 30, this should be a piece of cake. I’m sorry for the pun; I’ll take your plight seriously now. If you don’t know how on earth you could make preparations for this special day any easier on yourself, here are some ideas and steps towards creating the perfect kids’ party whilst keeping things simple and cheap.
Incorporate a gift into the party.
This is a sneaky way of hitting two birds with one stone. Buying your child a birthday present that they can use with their friends is a great way of combining the need to give them a big, impressive present with the need to find something to put in your garden (or wherever the party may be) in order to spice things up and avoid the kids becoming cranky or bored.
If there’s one thing more dangerous than hyperactive children, it’s bored children. Keeping them occupied doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, however; you could get the birthday boy or girl an air hockey table, and watch as the competition ensues. Of course, you might have to break up some fights if the kids get a little too competitive...
Do something a little unique.
Kids love to fit in, obviously. We all do. They don’t want their party to suck in comparison to that amazing party their friend had the other month.
If you really want to impress the birthday boy or girl, then perhaps you should go the extra mile. Don’t just give them a party which is identical to the one that their best friend put on; give them something unique, so that they can blow their friends away. Companies such as Monsterball have awesome bouncy castles for hire if you want a place to start.
Again, the perfect party doesn’t have to be an expensive one, but putting your money towards one luxury activity or facility is enough to blow your child and all their friends away.
Plan the menu smartly.
Throwing a party at that sweet spot between lunch and dinner is the key to ensuring everybody is happy. You can put out some great snacks and party-related food without any of the children complaining about being hungry.
You don’t want the added stress or cost of having to feed a dozen or more children full meals. You’d most likely have angry parents with whom you’d have to deal if you didn’t meet the dietary requirements of their children, for that matter.
It’s not worth the hassle, and, like I said, you can make things easier for yourself if you think of clever ways around the main obstacles when throwing a party. Just ensure that everything is timed and planned down to a fine point.
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