* Collaborative Post with Dom and Geri
Are you planning on having a party for your child’s upcoming birthday but not quite sure where to start? Here are my Do’s and Don’ts for Hosting a Child’s Birthday Party.
- Plan the party well in advance so you aren’t rushing around trying to arrange everything a few days before. Lists are a great way of reminding yourself of everything you need to do or buy so you don’t forget anything.
- Do consider buying a personalised banner like these ones from Dom and Geri.As well as personalised banners (which are available for any occasion and come in three different sizes), Dom and Geri also provide matching personalised wrapping paper and cards. I will definitely be getting a banner from them for Molly’s next birthday.
- Make the invitations as specific as possible. The other parents need to know who exactly who has been invited to the party; can siblings tag along or not? They need to know when and where the party is and what time it starts and finishes. You should let the other parents know if you expect them to stay at the party or just drop their child off and if you will be providing any food.
- Make it easy for people to RSVP; include a phone number or email address. You could also plan the event on Facebook if that is easier for you.
- Let people help you out with the preparations and during the party to make life easier for yourself.
- Consider hiring an entertainer or a bouncy castle as an alternative to traditional party games. It might cost a little bit more but there won’t be as much pressure on you to entertain all of the children.
- Have the party somewhere like a play centre if you don’t want to host it at your house. Places like this usually have all-inclusive packages that are really good value for money. Alternatively, you could just go out for the day instead. We took Molly to Gulliver’s World for her 3rd Birthday and she loved it.
- Have an alternative plan in place if the party is to be held outside. We all know how unpredictable the British weather is.
- Make sure any games you plan are age-appropriate. Babies and toddlers are unlikely to sit still for long and may not want to cooperate; they would probably prefer to just play with some toys.
- Cut the cake up and put it in party bags before people start to leave. If you do this, people won’t be scrabbling for a piece when they are leaving.
- Invite too many people to the party or things will be a little chaotic and you won’t get to spend much time with the birthday girl/boy. Don’t feel like you need to invite whole class out of politeness; just invite your child’s friends and a few of your close family and friends.
- Assume someone that hasn’t RSVP’d isn’t coming; they may not have gotten around to responding. Get in touch with them so you know the numbers before the big day.
- Go mad and spend a fortune on food and decorations. The party is for children so they probably won’t notice the effort you have gone to or how much you have spent. Just get a few balloons/banners and keep the food as simple as you can.
- Plan too many activities for the party because the children will be more interested in playing with each other and running around. If you are playing party games don’t spend too much on the prizes.
- Have the party too late in the day or at nap time because the children may be tired and cranky. Late morning or early afternoon is probably best.
- Open gifts at the party. There is already enough going on so you could consider saving present opening until later on in the day or even the day after. Your child would probably appreciate their gifts more that way. It also means there is no risk of your child pulling their face at a gift they don’t like in front of the person who bought it for them.
- Get stressed if the party isn’t going to plan. This is real life. Not Pinterest! Laugh it off. The kids probably won’t even notice.
So there you have it, my Do’s and Don’ts for Hosting a Child’s Birthday Party. What would yours be?