Planning a kids birthday party that everyone, even the adults, will enjoy takes serious hosting skills. Here are our best planning tips for a great party.
When you're planning a kids birthday party, you want it to be fun and memorable for the kids as well as the adults that attend. Achieving this can take some hard-core hosting skills. With this in mind our team has put together some suggestions to help ensure that special day will be memorable for all the right reasons.
You're probably a bit overwhelmed trying to put the perfect party together. If you're going to do it right, you figure it'll take quite a bit of time, planning and imagination.
And that's just for the kids.
What about all the parents that will be attending? You don't want to see them checking their watches, wondering how much longer it'll be before they can bail!
Fortunately, planning an amazing kids birthday party doesn't need to be so hard if you follow some no-nonsense tips.
In this article, we'll show you 7 ways you can achieve a super fun kids birthday party without breaking a sweat... or the bank. We have also included some links with additional ideas throughout the post.
These work every time.
1. Nobody Wants to Drive to the Strip Mall
Think about how many times you've had to pack up the family and drive to a lame strip mall for yet another birthday party.
Don't force your friends and family members to battle the beltway traffic just to wind up at a place where there's nothing else to do but eat, open presents, and get the heck out of there.
Instead, host your party (click link for location ideas) at a location where people actually want to be. It should have plenty of things to do before, during and after the party. It's also important that there is plenty of room for he kids to play and dance and run round. Nothing beats the outdoors, even in the park if weather permits. If not check out link for some other location ideas.
Bets are, by the end you'll get a bunch of "thank yous" from parents who are tired of the same old strip mall birthday parties.
2. Knock if Off with the Pizza!
Think about the last 5 kids birthday parties you've attended. How many of them featured the ultra-original PIZZA as the main "cuisine"?
It's become so predictable that most party attendees pretty much expect it. That can be good and bad. You don't want to replace their favorite junk food with ultra green options as that could be too much of a shock, on the other hand blending options of food choices is always a great way to go and entices a little adventure from some of the more picky snackers.
Instead of pizza, offer a wide variety of healthy foods and snacks to your guests. Consider that some attendees may be vegetarian or vegan, and offer them some alternatives as well.
It'll make a great impression.
The reality is that no one is expecting a full meal at a birthday party. Let the kids and adults enjoy a wide array of finger food options in a simple spread you've prepared ahead of time. Also, getting your little ones to help in the preparation can also be fun.
Provide a good variety and everyone will be happy. Even the pickiest of eaters.
3. Focus on the Parent Experience
Chances are, the kids are going to have a good time no matter what. Put a bunch of kids together with balloons, presents and games and they'll figure out how to rock it.
But what about the parents? Adults can be a little harder to entertain!
When you're planning the party, put some serious thought into what the adults will be doing during their stay. Do you want them to stay or is it a drop off party, it's helpful to specify that on the invite. Also are you looking for some parents that would like o volunteer to stay and help watch over the kids or coordinate some games, this is also a good thing to put on the invite asking anyone who is interested to step up ahead of time. For parties where you want the parents to stick around, are you organizing an area where they can sit and chat, or if outdoors are you recommending they bring a blanket etc to sit on?
Are you going to provide some food that's more tailored to an adult pallet?
These are all things to consider while you're in the planning stage... not after they've already shown up.
4. Great Ambience Sets the Mood for a Great Kids Birthday Party
If you're planning an adult party at your house, you wouldn't do it without that perfect musical playlist. You'd also spend time hanging mood-setting lights and other extras around the house.
Your child's party is no different.
Put together a playlist that everyone from 0 - 99 can enjoy. Think about the overall vibe you want the party to have, and build your music and decorating around that.
It doesn't take a lot of work or money to accent your house in a way that creates a fun and unique ambiance. It's amazing what you can achieve with a few oversized balloons and streamers.
When you do, everyone will walk away impressed and happy.
5. Please, Let the Kids Be Kids!
This goes for every kid that's attending the party, but especially for the lucky kid celebrating their birthday.
The worst thing to do is try to force your child and guests into planned activities and other scheduled things they have no interest in doing. Try ahead of time to ask you child what they really enjoy doing her what were the highlights of some birthday parties they attended. Also, the majority of kids love to have face painting, play games such as scavenger hunt, etc. Click here for 19 party game ideas that won't cost a dime.
The whole point is for them to all be together and have a great time.
Host the party in a location that lets them do that without needing excessive supervision and constant, "Bill, get away from that!" call-outs.
Of course, you want to make sure they have plenty of activity options so that no one gets bored.
6. Generous Goodie Bags are a Big Hit
Cheap plastic toys or stickers are boring. Everybody has enough of them already and nobody wants more.
Even though goodie bags aren't an absolute necessity to a great kids birthday party, they can be a great way to bring smiles to faces.
Instead of cheap toys, stickers or pixie sticks, put some thought into the goodie bags and provide things outside-the-box.
Some great ideas to consider include:
- Homemade cookies, or a slice of birthday cake
- Packets of snack mixes
- Inexpensive books
- Cool socks
- Glow sticks (especially if it's a nighttime party)
- Sidewalk chalk
You don't need to spend a ton of money to give away goodie bags that the kids (and parents) will actually be excited about.
7. Don't Forget About the Adult Refreshments
Have you ever been to a party that wasn't a little better when some beer and wine was flowing?
Offering some adult refreshments will loosen up adult attendees and promote a more social environment.
Remember, a lot of the adults may not know each other that well and could feel uncomfortable.
That's nothing a beer or a glass of wine can't fix!
You can even tie it into the theme of the party. For example, if you're having a morning party offer muffins and mimosas. If it's a beach theme, have some sangria ready and beer selections from the tropics.
Be creative, but don't forget the adult refreshments.
Everyone Walks Away Happy
As you can see, there are some simple things you can plan for that will make your kids birthday party memorable for everyone that attends.
It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.
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