Tips for Kids Parties

Parties for children have come a long way in the last decade due to more options, more expectations and more expense placed on an annual event that runs approx. two-three hours. Being involved in the children’s party industry for over 15 years, I’ve seen every kind of party from the informal backyard gathering to a virtual carnival with a great variety of entertainment hired.

A kid’s party doesn’t need an event planner or a big budget to be successful. I want to give you some great pointers to get the party started and the kids having a ball.

1. Keep it traditional. Kids love it when predictable elements are present, and if they’re overlooked, it won’t go unnoticed! Definites are: Food, birthday cake, and the all important Party Bag! If you have these three things, you’ve got a party.

2. What games to provide. There are so many options: Party games; hire an entertainer or activity or have it somewhere that will entertain the kids for you. The Golden Rule is: DON’T OVER-DO IT!

Just one or two entertainment events are more than enough. Remember, children will be directed to eat now, cut the cake now, watch the gifts being opened now, etc etc.. When you add entertainers, activities and games, the kids may quickly be overwhelmed, plus time whizzes by without the kids having time to actually play.

3. Play time: This element should be the number one party essential. Time for the kids to play, run around, laugh and talk with each other is valuable. It suits children of all ages and capabilities, and -, it’s free!

4. Age-appropriate entertainment. This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but many parties result in children being bored or bewildered. For example, hiring a magician-clown for two-year olds left most of the children terrified. Another example is a bowling party for four-year olds. The children had no interest in being competitive and after just a few bowls, the novelty had seriously worn off. Even Pass-the-Parcel can cause distress when played with kiddies too young to know they haven’t missed out, they just have to wait their turn. When you are hosting a party with mixed ages and genders, there is a wide range of entertainment that will appeal, such as face-painting and balloon-twisting.

5. Try to Relax! When planning a party, plan with your child and use your instincts – you know what they’ll enjoy most. On the day have a mini paper list so that you don’t forget anything, like when to get the party pies in the oven or to hand out the party bags.

And lastly, enjoy YOURSELF too…after all -it’s a party!

Best of luck!

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