Your child’s birthday is right around the corner. You’ve been gearing up for the big day for a while now, and the little one couldn’t be more excited. Is everything going according to plan?
There’s a lot of pressure to organize the best possible children’s party. Especially with the rise of social media, it can sometimes feel like the standards are simply higher than ever. Because both you and your kids deserve a stress-free celebration, follow these tips to organize a children’s birthday party that won’t leave your head spinning.
1. Enlist Your Kids to Help
First, remember that you’re not in this alone. You have at least one little helper at home who can be there every step of the way. A lot of parents feel like they need to take the lead role in the party planning, but remember that it’s not your party at all. It’s all about the kiddos, so why not let them help you with what they can?
A few weeks before the party, let your kids help you brainstorm. They might have a theme in mind, or they might have some ideas for decorations. Letting them be involved in this process will make it much easier to make decisions, get crafty, and so on.
2. Invite the Parents
A lot of parents hosting kids birthday parties feel obligated to play mega-baby sitter for the day. Realize that it’s totally normal to also invite the parents to the event, especially if you expect to need extra help.
Parents are usually excited to get involved, and they can help you mind the kids during games and events. Not to mention the parents can also have a good time!
3. Use Evites
While paper invitations are super pretty to look at, we all have to agree they’re a bit out of date. Paper invites are easy to lose, they’re bulky, and they can even be expensive if you have a large number to send out.
Instead, use an evite tool. Evites might not always perfectly match your party theme, but they’re super easy to make. Even better, they send reminder emails before the date to help people remember the big event coming up. Finally, evites keep track of who’s coming for you so you don’t have to worry about losing the guest list.
4. Skip the Organized Activities
Kids just love playing. It’s easy to feel like you need to have an entire schedule planned with minute-by-minute activities, but realize when this might be too much. Having one or two activities is a great way to keep the celebrations going, but also provide an area where the kids can play.
Using an extra bedroom as a playroom or a backyard is an easy and inexpensive way to create a kid-friendly play area. Plus, those kids all need somewhere to blow off steam after all that cake.
5. Allow Time to Decompress
As parents, we know just how overwhelming kids’ parties can be. The same is true for the kids whether we know it or not. Kids also need time to be quiet and understand what’s going on around them. This is even more true when it comes to younger kids who might not be used to so much excitement.
A great time for decompressing is when the birthday girl or boy is opening presents. Check out some amazing gift ideas by Star Walk Kids. Nobody wants a meltdown on their birthday!
Planning for Success
While “stress-free” and “kids” might not feel like it goes together in the same sentence, it’s definitely possible to pull off a painless kids birthday party. With these tips above, you’re ready for anything.
Just remember this is a day for the kids. It’s okay if things don’t go perfectly to plan. The kids just want to have fun. As long as that’s happening, it’s a success!
Need some more birthday party ideas? Check out how to have a cheap party for under $100!