My little girl turned five last weekend and she had a wonderful day. She has been planning turning five for what feels like forever. But in truth we planned it a few months ago. With Alice, Holly and Andy having birthday’s in a ten day period my life is pretty busy getting them all sorted. Planning is the only way!
I thought I would share with you how I go about planning a party…
The theme is key and your starting point really, as you base everything around it. There are so many options available to different themes. We’ve done princess and pirates, ballerinas and pirates, Moana and Peppa Pig. There really is no bad theme, anything goes!
Time to think about where to have the party. First decision is at home or not? A lot of factors come into this. The cost, how many people can you fit in your house, how will you entertain them and of course can you cope with the mess! There are lots of options to have a party outside of the family home, village halls are a great solution.
How are you going to entertain the children? This is an important one. No one wants a group of children who are not happy, bored and wanting to go home. Don’t worry though, this never happens because there is so many options for entertaining children. You could go to a venue that has the entertainment, like soft play or trampoline parks. If you are having a more traditional party, there are some amazing party entertainers who are reasonably priced and worth every penny.
If you are doing the food yourself then I suggest doing a cold lunch. Sandwich boxes are always a good idea, as you hen don’t have as much waste. Each child has their own box of food and then you can just lay out plates of fruit. This works really well and the children love them.
The invites set the scene for the party. It gives an indication of what they can expect from the party, as well as all the vital information. It’s also the first hint of any theme you maybe having.
With your theme decided, it’s not to think about how to incorporate the theme into the party. A great way of doing this is with the tableware. You are going to need plates, cups, tablecloth and napkins for all the children and having these part of the theme is a great idea. Party Bags and Supplies have great party kits with all of these included in every theme that you can think of.
If you are having a more traditional party then you need to come up with a plan on how to entertain the children and which party games to include. My girls always love a game of pass the parcel, whats’s the time Mr Wolf, musical statues etc. My advice is to have a few extra prepared in case you go faster than expected and have more time.
Plus if you think there will be children coming that might not like party games, think about having a colouring or craft table in the corner for them to sit at. They will love you for it and so will their parents.
What every child is desperate to take home! But the pressure of getting it right and knowing what to put in them can be a hard job. Party Bags and Supplies, have the solution for you with filled party bags. They have several different themes available and something for everyone. This for me is a life line when it comes to parties as I no longer have to buy all the fillers or spend an evening making all the bags up.
Planning a party can be a bit daunting and there is a lot of consider and remember. I asked my fellow bloggers for their top tips to help you out…
Co-host with another parent who’s child had a birthday at the same time! It cuts cost and work in half. – The Incidental parent
Keep it simple. One of the best parties my daughter went to was a rented-out hall with a bouncy castle, a few balloons, music and food on the side. The children had a wonderful time and got very creative with the games they played. – How To Rock At Parenting
Keep it to 2 hours maximum to minimise tiredness/boredom kicking in. – Happy Mummy
Accept help and delegate jobs to willing volunteers. Don’t try and do everything yourself! – Yorkshire Wonders
Try to book it for late morning/early afternoon to avoid having your ear chewed off ALL day asking when it’s time for the party. – Twinderelmo
Consider having a day out with a couple of special friends instead of an “invite the whole class” party. Some of our best parties have been spent this way and you can make it a whole day affair instead of a couple of hours. We’ve done Center Parcs for the day, outdoor play parks and zoos. It creates some wonderful memories, too. – The Daisy Pages
Make a list of specific things you need help with that way when family say ‘oh is there anything I can do?’ You can say ‘oh yes actually can you be responsible for picking up the balloons from X place at Y time?’ That way you actually get real practical help as opposed to everyone getting in your way trying to be helpful. – Hi Baby Blog
Less is more when it comes to party food. Kids just want to enjoy the party, they’re not interested in the food. We used to do a huge buffet that was always wasted, now we just do pizzas or hot dogs and they always go down well. – Five Little Doves
Have a small cake for the candles and have fairy/cupcakes already in party bags for when they leave. Saves time & is less messy!! – Witty Hoots
Brilliant tips, thanks everyone. Now you really do have everything you need to know for planning a child’s party.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent a party bundle for the purpose of this post. All views and opinions are my own.