For children, their birthday is the most exciting day of the year. Meeting up with friends, receiving gifts, having fun and generally being the center of attention is a dream come true, and the responsibility is on you as their parent to throw them the best bash possible to celebrate their special day. Fortunately, living up to expectations doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, as there are in fact just a few key features that you need to include in your birthday party plans to make sure your son or daughter can have the most amazing experience that they’ll treasure forever. So, if you’re interested in finding out more, then simply read on!
How To Throw The Best Kids Birthday Party Ever
First & Foremost, Ask Them!
Before you even think about ordering gifts or booking party venues, you have to take the opportunity to ask your little one what they actually want for their birthday. Of course they will change their mind as children so frequently do, but if they repeat the same idea multiple times then this is likely the best one to go for! They’ll be able to let you know if there’s anything that they’re obsessed with right now, whether that’s a TV program, a toy or game, a place or anything else that might help you to make a more informed decision for their special day. If you want to make things a bit easier for them then it can be of benefit to list a few ideas that they can choose between, as they may not be able to think of anything off the top of their head without some guidance (which is totally fine!). They may have a burning desire to throw a princess themed party with crowns and more, or even visit a local museum to explore the wonders that await with their closest pals – and you might never find this out unless you take the chance to ask them!
If you have decided to go with their favorite cartoon or character, make sure that you stick to the right theme. Besides decoration, which is one of the most important things, keep your entertainment part as close to the theme as possible. You can add to your garden small pools or inflatable bouncy houses, which will keep your guests entertained and will make the party more amusing. If you cannot find the inflatables that will fit your theme, you can decorate the yard with customized event inflatables such as bouncy houses or water slides. These inflatables will make your party unique and playful.
Set A Budget
It’s always a good idea to set your budget in advance when planning a kids birthday party, as it’s far too easy to go overboard and spend hundreds or even thousands on things you don’t particularly need. Kids birthday parties are big business, and they know every trick in the book to try and get you to shell out as much as possible when planning such a celebration, so you need to put your foot down and declare your funds before they disappear. Factor in each different aspect of their birthday that comes with a price tag, including gifts, venue, decorations, food, entertainment and anything else that you plan on investing in specifically for your child’s special day. Once you’ve been able to declare a set number, keep this in mind and calculate every deduction whenever you pay for something. When you hit 0 you need to stop spending, otherwise you risk shelling out for what may be pointless things that have no real impact on the celebration itself.
Choose A Venue & Decorate With Flare
Choosing a venue is a huge decision, and it’s vital that you can opt for the right location to host your child’s birthday party. There are likely to be hundreds of different options that you can choose between, from dedicated halls that you can use to put on a variety of entertainment to theme parks, restaurants and so much more. The overall theme of your little one’s birthday will influence your choice dramatically, as a pirate style celebration would work perfectly in an aquarium, whereas an adventure-focused child may prefer an outdoor party with camping or other similar activities. If you manage to end up with a selection of a few contenders, then it’s always best to read reviews that have been left by previous customers to see how they felt about the venue, service and value for money. This way, you can see what other party go-ers thought when they threw their own celebrations, and subsequently choose the highest rated venue to book your little ones birthday bash. Decorating the venue to make it totally unique and individual should be your main focus, as you want your child to feel as though they’ve been transported to a whole new world of birthday fun. Don’t worry if you don’t have the funds to invest in lots of colourful and expensive decor to style your venue, as you can easily create your own accessories using DIY methods. Hang a birthday banner, blow up some balloons and find or make other decor additions that embody your chosen theme or style to create a fun and inspiring aesthetic.
Organize Amazing Entertainment
To keep your little ones (and their guests) occupied throughout their birthday celebrations, you can organize some amazing entertainment. There are so many different options that you can explore to find the ideal entertainment for their special day, so take some time to explore what’s available within your price range and local area. There could be an exotic wildlife sanctuary that does shows, a face paint specialist that can transform them into their favorite character, or even a child-friendly crafting session that lets their imagination run wild! Finding entertainment couldn’t be simpler, as all you need to do is head online to find a whole host of different options to investigate. Be sure to weigh up the pros and cons of each before making a final decision, as the entertainment that you book can either make or break their birthday party. You definitely don’t want to waste money on something that your children don’t even like or enjoy either, so run your final choice past them to see whether you’re on the same wavelength.
Create A Guest List
Creating a guest list that contains all of their closest friends and family members is more difficult than you might expect, as you could find that you only have a certain number of spaces to fill, or that your little ones’ friendship group has changed dramatically since their last birthday bash. Again it’s important to ask your child who they want to attend their birthday party, as at the end of the day it’s their special occasion and they should be able to influence whether or not someone they’re not fond of can attend. You may want to invite your whole extended family, but if your little one has only met them once or twice several years ago then unfortunately they’re something of a stranger to your child. The main guests should be those who are of a similar age to your child so that they can have the most fun, so don’t be afraid to send invitations out to their classmates to provide them with the opportunity to bond and make more friends.
Buy The Perfect Gift
Your final priority should be to source the perfect gift, and this is often the most difficult task of all. Children’s opinions and preferences change at such a fast rate that it can be genuinely hard to keep up with their interests, and this can make present purchasing a near impossible feat that causes nothing but stress and aggravation. Fortunately, there are several solutions that can provide a light at the end of the tunnel, acting as a surefire way to put a smile on your child’s face no matter what they like. For example, finding a piece of new age tech like a child-friendly tablet or even a wireless microphone will totally fascinate them and keep them entertained for hours on end. A food based gift that contains some of their favorite flavours or snacks is also a great idea, as you’ll be surprised to find that kids will often be far happier with a bar of yummy chocolate than an expensive toy that they’ll lose interest in after a couple of days!