Organizing a kid’s party can be stressful for most, however with a little bit of planning it can also be a very rewarding experience, particularly when you see your efforts pay off through the delightful and approving smile of your child!
The very first thing you should do is consider your budget for the party because this will often be the determining factor on what you will be able to deliver. If you do have a budget in mind, try your best to not get overwhelmed with the staggering options on offer and end up paying more for something than you need to. The party business is a big industry and the options available are diverse and plentiful. A tight budget need not be a barrier to a successful party and there are some fantastic ways for you to save money if you opt to do some of the work yourself.
There are many venues that hold kids parties and deciding on the perfect place can be the hardest part of party planning. The other option is to have the party at home which can be a fantastic way to save on the cost of hiring a venue. You can organize your own party games and food. If you do this, you may want to think about having a ‘theme’ to make it that little bit more fun and interesting. Children love dressing up so this is a great way to inject extra life and soul in to the party. In considering your options, you need to think about how many children you will be inviting. Of course this can have an impact on a venue if you decide to hold it away from home.
Another popular idea is to invite one of the many children’s entertainers to your home – there are so many to choose from so perhaps you can decide with your child on the type of entertainment you want and ring around for quotes. Always check how far in advance you need to book to avoid any disappointment because popular gigs will get booked up quickly.
Popular entertainment includes clowns and magicians – it might be worth talking to other parents to see if they have hired one before – this can provide you with extra reassurance and can also prevent you from hiring someone that hasn’t offered a particularly good service in the past.
If you decide to hire a venue you will obviously need to consider the time of year it is and whether to have it indoors or outdoors. Many popular eating establishments regularly hold parties and this can be an ideal solution if you want to avoid anything over the top. They are also good value, perfect if you have a strict budget. You can always discuss these options with your child and compromise if requests become unrealistic by trying to meet them half way. Involving your child in as much of the planning gives them a sense of responsibility and helps to defuse potential issues along the way.
Some venues will have to be booked in advance so you will need to ensure that you will be able to get the date that you want. From Ice skating and roller skating to adventure parks and zoos, the possibilities are endless.
Always send invitations out well in advance and ensure you take all the children’s needs in to account - for example children have very diverse eating habits and others have allergies – consider these things and make the appropriate adaptations to ensure their needs are fully met and so the event goes without any hitches. The internet has a pretty spectacular array of party invitations with some fantastic and popular themes and it may be cheaper to order from there.
Another good way to save money is to have party bags made up for you. There are various different themes and plenty of different party bag options to suit every budget. This cuts down on time and they can be really good value – the popular themes can be a real hit with children and the bags can be ordered and delivered quickly. The internet offers a wealth of money saving options and detailed advice on specific party ideas but make sure you arrange for some good helpers – other parents for example – they can also help with preparing food if you are having the party at home.
A cake is one of the most exciting parts of the party for children so consider whether you will make this or have one made. Supermarkets have some pretty spectacular cakes that have already been made and they often have very popular themes or characters that kids can relate to – they are also very reasonably priced. If you do decide to have a cake made, ask other parents for recommendations and ensure that you arrange for it to be made well in advance.
Party decorations can really make or break an atmosphere so make sure you chose decorations that are based on your theme and which are fun and inviting – you can get some fantastic decorations on the internet or you can involve your child and make some of them yourself.
A kids party should be fun and exciting and entice kids to feel happy – if you plan ahead and stick to your budget things will be that more stress free and enjoyable so don’t leave things to the last minute.
There are some great insightful tips on the internet with some bargains to be found. Plan ahead and you will be on the right track to a stress free party!