A Birthday Blast: How To Host a Great Kid’s Party

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by on July 26, 2013

10_1KidsBDAYDoes the idea of planning your child’s upcoming birthday party leave you feeling totally swamped? You are not alone. Many parents feel anxious about planning the perfect party and meeting their kid’s expectations for the special day. The following six birthday party ideas will smooth the road ahead, leaving you calm and collected on your child’s birthday.

Get a Head Start

Begin planning your child’s bash several weeks — or even a couple of months — in advance. At this stage, elaborate planning is not necessary. Simply jot down some fun birthday party ideas that cover the basics. Consider a theme, invitation list and decorations. Once the big things are selected, you will feel much less overwhelmed and anxious about the party, freeing you to plan the details. Need some ideas, check out my Pinterest Kid’s Birthday party board.

Streamline the Invitation Process with E-Vites

Many parents do not have the time or budget to print special invitations for a child’s birthday party. E-vites are the perfect modern solution to this dilemma. A variety of sites allow you to customize the invitation design to suit the party theme. This saves the hassle of printing invites or making your own. It also makes it easy for guests to RSVP.

Offer a Crafting Station in Lieu of Party Favors

Many party favors are inexpensive trinkets that the recipients will throw away after getting home. Instead of the traditional birthday party ideas for favors, have the birthday guests make their own. Consider painting personalized mugs, decorating cupcakes, creating picture frames or making beaded jewelry. Not only does this provide a fun activity for the kids, but it sends them home with a personalized favor.

Think Carefully About Opening Gifts Publicly

For many guests, watching the birthday kid open gifts can be a boring or anxiety-provoking experience. Kids may worry about how their gift will be received and whether the birthday child will like it. On the other hand, having your child open gifts in front of everyone gives you the opportunity to teach him about graciously accepting gifts from others. For young children, it is best to forego public gift unwrapping. Use your best judgment when deciding whether older kids can handle unwrapping their gifts in front of others. If you choose to have a gift opening at the party, make sure it is short and orderly. No matter what route you choose to take, make sure your child writes thank you notes to each guest.

Leave the Full Meal Behind

Eating cake is a cherished tradition at birthday parties, but there is no need to provide a full meal. Many kids have dietary restrictions for parental preferences or food allergies. Limiting the fare to cake, juice and some light snacks eliminates many problems associated with serving a full meal. To cater to picky eaters, consider creating a make-your-own sundae station so that kids can enjoy their favorite toppings.

Include a Mixture of Your Child’s Friends

Your kid may have friends from several different social circles — her neighborhood playmates, school, her soccer team or a community group. When drafting the invitation list, think about which friends know one another and play well together. A mixture of guests from several social circles can be fun, but make sure everyone knows at least one other person than the birthday kid so no one feels left out.

Keep It All In Perspective

Sure, it’s a big celebration, but it isn’t life or death. Your child will be the center of attention, but don’t let it go to her head. If your goal is to raise a child who will be respectful of others and choose humility over hubris, be careful of getting too wrapped up in the party preparations. Celebrate your child and the blessing that he or she is – and everything else will fall into place!

What tips do you have for hosting a great kid’s birthday party?


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