Do's and Don'ts for Hosting a Child's Birthday Party

Do’s and Don’ts for Hosting a Child’s Birthday Party

* 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?


Sam x


* Collaborative Post with Dom and Geri


You can also find me blogging at Serenely Sam




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  • OddHogg

    These are great tips – I didn’t think to get a personalised banner for Piglet’s birthday and I wish I had now! Love the tip about avoiding nap time. I made a point of having his party start 30 mins after I get him up from his nap, so he would be well rested and ready to party

  • Becky @ Educating Roversi

    I learnt a lot from my sons first birthday party when I hired a hall and did everything else myself…only for him to not really care coz he was 1! 😂 For his second and third, I hired somewhere that did all the work for me and I just did party bags and a cake. I think as he gets older I’d like to try and do more themed parties as I love doing that kind of stuff and I know he’s appreciate it more when he understands #TriumphantTales

  • Mama Grace

    I made all my decorations and just selected a colour scheme. It was great fun and really personalised. So much can be made. #TwinklyTuesday

  • Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    I’ve cunningly avoided hosting a proper children’s party for 3 years now – I’m not getting away with it next year, my son has already requested a party for ‘all my friends’! Some great tips here – I’m inclined to go with the play centre option as it just seems so much easier, but I think it depends how many friends he thinks he has! Oh, and the tip on not going overboard on decorations is one I should definitely take on board, I always get carried away with that side of things!

  • Amy

    Fab post, great tips here. I did my fair share of chaotic birthday parties for my son, hoping not to repeat the same mistakes with my little girl! Love the banners.

  • The Pramshed

    Great tips here, and the personalised party banners are a brilliant way to decorate your home for the party. I completely agree with not going crazy on food or getting stressed out – it’ll be over in a few hours. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    I haven’t planned a kids party for quite some time as I find them stressful. You’ve put together a great list there to help anyone else like me. Thanks, Mich x

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    I haven’t planned a kids party for quite some time as I find them stressful. You’ve put together a great list there to help anyone else like me. Thanks, Mich x

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    Great advice. Planing a childs party can be so stressful and the pressure just seems more and more each year. I agree about not taking it for granted that people who haven’t replied won’t just turn up. And sadly also the opposite where they have and then don’t show, which is really annoying!

  • natalie

    These banners look amazing. Great tips, children’s parties can be so stressful!! I find late morning parties the perfect time.

  • five little doves

    Great tips! I dread having to plan the birthday parties, there seems to be so many do’s and don’t’s and I always worry I will get things wrong! It’s so hard when they start school and you feel you have to invite the whole class, Eva had 30 kids last time!

  • Ali Duke

    I used to have so many lists when planning my kids parties. And it drove me nuts when people didn’t reply!

  • Mrs Mummy Harris

    These are some fab tips – we got personalised balloons which were great and we can keep them but I think a personalised banner would have been better! I think not stressing if it doesn’t go to plan is key – a lot of close relatives didn’t show up to Ben’s party which I was really angry over, but I shouldn’t have as it really clouded the party for me and I couldn’t see through the anger. Will definitely look to get a banner for his second party!
    Thank you sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!