Six Tips For Throwing your Kids Birthday Bash

by Jenn

more traffic to my blogAs 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!

Print Online

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.

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Kathy S. January 31, 2013 - 11:24 am
Thanks for tips on a birthday bash. I have a new grandson of 3 months old. I can't wait for all the birthday parties he is going to have and help his mom with the plans.
michelle warner January 31, 2013 - 12:07 pm
thanks for the tips, i love this post thanks
Karen Hand February 1, 2013 - 9:20 pm
Birthday parties have come a long, long way since my children were little, and have tripled in cost. So much more planning has to go into the parties that are given these days. However, I must say that the parties given today are more thought orientated, so much so that it could possibly leave the child disappointed to some degree if everything doesn't function like clockwork. I guess, that is why it takes months of planning to give a party in today's world.
stephanie bryant February 10, 2013 - 6:43 pm
great ideals for my kids birthdays thanks so much for all you do
stephanie bryant February 10, 2013 - 6:43 pm
i love et by far one of my favorite childhood memories thanks so much
denise smith February 11, 2013 - 12:18 pm
thanks for the great tips love your post
Dorothy Reading February 13, 2013 - 4:59 pm
My birthday was always simple as a kid. Park with a pool, chili dogs, and presents! Lol. I do love a good theme, though, and the online printing is a great idea. Why pay for what you can do yourself?
Julie K. February 13, 2013 - 8:07 pm
I've always enjoyed throwing parties and some of the best where the birthday parties for my kids. These are good tips!
Jessica Houston February 17, 2013 - 4:14 pm
I am so sharing this with my friend! Her kids birthday is coming up and this would help her greatly!!
Renata S February 19, 2013 - 5:10 pm
I love organizing parties for my kids, but it can be so expensive without planning. Great tips.
Sam Dock February 21, 2013 - 9:54 am
This came at a good time, my sons birthday isnt until May, but Im having a baby in April so I want to get everything planned and done before that happens!
Maddie K. February 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm
When I organize a party no matter what it is I usually know pretty far in advance. This leaves me plenty of opportunities to pick items up for said party on sale, clearance or otherwise. I tend to make a lot of items too, depending on what it is.
Maria Iemma March 7, 2013 - 11:00 am
I try to send invitations early so I have a good feeling about what I need to have -- keeping them busy and happily entertained is the key to success
lisa March 11, 2013 - 5:45 pm
Sounds like kids parties have higher expectations and cost more now than mine were young.

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