In the clowning business, most of our clients are families throwing children’s birthday parties. We love entertaining children and making them smile and laugh. Throwing birthday parties for kids can be tricky for parents, particularly if they are not used to hosting. However, you don’t need to stress out or spend too much money to create an amazing party. Here are some tips to help you throw an amazing birthday party for your child.
Keep your theme simple.
Decor and themed items for the party can really add up in cost if you choose a complicated theme idea, so go for something simple as your theme, like a color or season instead of something that requires very specific decor, like a movie-themed party. If your child is young, chances are they won’t care what the theme is, they’ll just be excited to be having their own party.
Give the birthday party a specific start and end time.
Kids get tired quickly, particularly if there’s lots of excitement at the party, so be sure to specify an end time as well as a start time when throwing a celebration for kids. Structure out the party by making a schedule for when certain activities will happen, as well as when food will be served and when presents will be opened. The party doesn’t need to be long – it’s better to have the kids leave in a good mood then to wait until the party devolves into crankiness or crying.
Buy party favors in bulk.
Goody bags are a fun part of children’s parties, but putting them together can get expensive. Kids are often just as entertained by small, affordable toys as they are by higher-quality pieces, and there’s a good chance they’ll forget about the favors in a few weeks anyway, so look for cute toys and other fun items that you can purchase in bulk online or at discount stores. You can also have the kids make their own crafts to take home as favors.
Don’t invite more people than you can handle.
Consider the size of your space as well as the age of your child when putting together the guest list. Although you may be inclined to invite every kid in your child’s class from school, this can get very overwhelming quickly. Instead, decide on an approximate number of people you’d like to have at the birthday party, and then ask your child who her best friends are and who she really wants at the party.
Keep the food minimal.
Although kids will enjoy the cake, they tend not too eat too much of everything else, so you’ll likely end up with tons of leftovers. Try not to host during mealtimes, and keep things simple with just some finger food and cake. Keep in mind that some children may have allergies by asking guests about their dietary restrictions ahead of time so that you don’t inadvertently serve peanuts or another problematic food item that a guest can’t eat.