No matter what their age, abilities, or interests, when it comes to your kid’s birthdays; the most important thing is to make some lasting family memories and to ensure that they feel special. If you’re thinking of throwing your little one a birthday party, there are several areas that can help them enjoy their day. You might feel a little daunted by everything there is to organize, but don’t; simply check out the following tips and ideas to help you plan then perfect celebration for kids of all ages in your family. Get your notepad and pen ready to make a list, and let’s get going.
Keeping The Interest
If your children love a particular character, movie, book, or story at the moment; you already have an awesome theme to run with for their special day. The theme may influence the venue, the food, and who, or what, the kids arrive dressed as, so it’s worth putting some thought into. Whether it’s superheroes, Disney princesses, or Lego, that your child wants the party to revolve around; if you’re making it fancy dress, you’ll need to send out the invites in good time and write what’s expected clearly.
Perhaps your little ones and family members have a particular passion for an activity. You could check out the best kid friendly karaoke boxes for budding singers (perfect for the grown-ups too), or perhaps something competitive is more to your family’s taste; look into games and sports suitable for your get-together. You could always provide a box of masks and costumes for the children to grab, especially if you don’t want to put any pressure on the party guests, or it’s a last-minute decision to run with a zoo animal theme.
Keeping Them Fed
The party guests will all need some sustenance if they’re running around and enjoying the fun of the day. Therefore it’s important that there’s plenty of options for little (and big) hands to grab and nibble on. Whether you’re making everything yourself, buying food from the grocery store, or hiring in caterers, you’ll need to provide a variety of options. Firstly; check that there’s the right balance of sweet and savory edibles and a good mixture of healthy nibbles and naughty treats (it is a party after all). Starting with the sweet things; cupcakes, lollies, ice cream, and cookies are all classic delights that will appeal to everyone, young and old. For some inspiration on baking for kids parties, take a look online, and write down all your ideas and recipes. However, you might want to limit what you bring out and when you serve it, especially for younger children’s parties; you don’t want a load of sugar crashes all at the same time and everyone to leave in tears.
Be creative with your decorations on baked treats; you could get the children to help and ice their names and age on things; as long as it tastes good, the kids will love it. Savory options are quick and easy to rustle up yourself. For snacks; place bowls of potato chips and salted popcorn (you could always mix this with the sweet stuff too) around, so that party guests can grab a handful when they’re peckish. Sandwiches could be a mixture of fillings and on both white and wholemeal bread so that there are some healthier options. You could use cookie cutters to make the sandwiches into fun shapes, like dinosaurs or numbers, to ensure that every bit of the party has been thought through and reflects a theme.