As a parent, you want nothing more than to give your little prince or princess the most incredible birthday party imaginable. At the same time, you may also be quite overwhelmed at the amount of time, effort and planning that goes into throwing a birthday bash for your little ones today. So, what can you do to make sure your party is a hit with kids and adults alike? Read our top 6 tips for throwing your best kid’s birthday bash before you begin to panic!
Pick a Theme
Usually, the theme is chosen by the guest of honor, your son or daughter celebrating the special day. Whether it’s butterflies, princesses, dinosaurs or super heroes, you’ll have to have a theme in mind to begin any sort of planning. Even your invitations should incorporate your party’s theme so, without picking one, you can’t even begin inviting guests!
Invitations, party games and other party necessities can all be printed online to save you time and money. There are tons of sites that offer invitation backgrounds, templates and graphic inserts for free, and some for a small fee as well. Online printing can save you money on thank you cards after the party as well.
Get Your Guest List Ready
Before you begin to purchase favors, plates, utensils, food and virtually anything else you’ll need for the party, you need to know how many people will be coming. Even without any RSVPs, by making a list of how many adults and children you are going to invite, you will have a better idea as to how many people will be coming. After you have your list ready, you can begin purchasing supplies and other party necessities according to the number of people you will host.
Location, Location, Location
After you have a theme and you have somewhat of an idea as to how many guests will be attending, you should decide where you will be having the party. If it is during the summer months, you may want to consider a park, your backyard or a local zoo or museum. If it is during the winter months, you may want to stick to indoor locations, such as indoor playgrounds, to avoid the rain ruining your little one’s big day.
What’s for Lunch?
Deciding what to feed your guests is a choice that will depend on budget, location and the age of the guests attending. Children will always prefer foods such as pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs and chips while adults may prefer sandwiches, salads and vegetable trays. It’s best to offer a variety of foods to ensure all of your guests are able to find something they can eat. With food allergies becoming more and more common among children and adults, variety in your party menu is key.
The entertainment you provide at the party can be one of your most costly expenses. Entertainers such as princesses, clowns, magicians and super heroes can cost hundreds for just an hour or two. Animals, such as a petting zoo and pony rides can be costly as well. If you prefer to save money, choose one main form of entertainment, such as a clown, magician or face painter, and then come up with games to play with the kids yourself. Online printing can be very helpful once again and help you save money as well. There are a wide variety of websites online that offer free printable party games and templates in just about any theme you can imagine.