Birthdays are one of the most exciting events of the year for most youngsters. It doesn’t take much to add a little excitement to the whole ordeal. But it’s also easy to be a parental buzzkill when it comes to kid’s parties.
That’s why it’s important to do a few things to guarantee their next birthday celebration goes off with a bang. Listen to what they say and figure out what they’re into this season before getting a lot of ideas of your own and committing to them.
As long as the party is about them and their enjoyment, everything should be alright. Read on to find out some strategies and ideas that will boost up your parental kid cred.
Include Some Of The Greats
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Kale and artichoke cake probably won’t roll. So make sure you have a good idea of the basic party elements and still to some of the classics.
- Cake or some variant
- Decorations and party favors
- Fizzy drinks (carbonated juices are ok)
- Crunchy snacks
- Something the kids get to take home
- Fun activities
- Great presents
If you nail 51% of these things, your party will go down in the history books as a success.
Everybody loves cake, but maybe you’re bored or don’t want them eating sweets. Here are a few suggestions to resolve the cake dilemma: ice cream cake, individualized cupcakes(you can put them in a circle pan and do candles like normal), gluten-free cake, or frozen yogurt with fruit.
Decorations create the atmosphere of the party. You should try to use a theme of some sort to help you out, even if it’s just ‘classic birthday’. There are lots of themes to choose from. You could do a favorite show or character, prehistoric, underwater, an animal theme, or whatever they’re into. You can find more here if you want some options. Stick to a theme so it doesn’t clash and appears well-thought-out and cohesive.
Make sure to include either some snacks or a cheap toy for the guest children to take home. This will leave them thinking you and your child are super cool. You can choose a variety of affordable things to send home. They’ve got all kinds of cheap and fun toys available in bulk at any party supply store.
Activities are an essential element for the guests. You can play games, hire entertainment, or just rent a bounce house. Again, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You need to do the basics well. Check out a few sites online to get a comprehensive list of activities you can provide at your party. Make sure you have a few backups in case it rains or things just go awry.
Spice It Up With Innovation
Kids are easily entertained. So many things are new to them. Their parents, lesser so. One way to make your party entertaining for everyone is to bring in some innovation to the elements that are tired and old. Some elements need more help than others. These are the ones we want to target for upgrade.
Here are a few things you might consider doing to upgrade your child’s next birthday party:
- Provide some interesting new snacks to try
- Invest in some parental party favors, like drinks or other libations
- Play games with prizes for both parents and children
- A rolling party on bikes
Cool Down For Amicable Partings
Now that the kids have run around for a few hours and are coming down off their sugar buzz, it’s time to chill out and relax for a while before going home. Provide an environment that is conducive to relaxation, maybe some basement time or some bean bags in the living room.
You helped them get wound up, now it’s time for them to wind down. Chill time allows everyone to calm down and play with the party favors they received. Mom and dad will be grateful too that you didn’t just wind their kid up on candy and fire him back home for them to deal with.
This kind of party is a comprehensive adventure that is sure to please even the most hardened party kid on the block. Spend some time to consider these elements and make sure you have a few backups in store in the event one of your innovations doesn’t go off as you planned. If you do these things, you will be the kid’s party planning legend of your cul-de-sac.