When you’re a child, your birthday is a monumental occasion. It’s a chance to receive all the presents you could want and get all your friends together for fun games and delicious food. And birthdays only come round once a year, so it’s an extra special occasion worth pushing the boat out for.
Birthday parties come in all shapes and sizes. You could have one at home, in a fast-food restaurant, soft play area, or an entertainment venue. They could be large or small, themed, or casual. Nevertheless, there are a few key ingredients that are essential to throwing the perfect party.
If you want to throw your child a birthday party they won’t forget this year, here are four key steps you need to think about.
The guest list
Who will be coming to your child’s party? You might not think the guest list is hugely important, but it could make or break your child’s enjoyment. Children’s loyalties and friendships change all the time, and you don’t want to inadvertently invite their worst enemy or forget their new best friend. Even if your party is a surprise, you should talk to your child and find out who their close friends are and get an idea who to invite along. If you’re really unsure, you could play it safe by inviting everyone in their class at school.
Not every party needs a theme, but for young children, it will make the event a lot more exciting and memorable. You can theme a party on anything you choose, so it makes sense to pick the one thing your child is more passionate about than anything else. It might be superheroes, unicorns, Disney princesses, or Fortnite. Whatever it is, this should manifest itself in all aspects of the party from the fancy dress outfits to the food to the games they play. As a word of warning, if it is a mixed-gender party you should be careful not to exclude people and have something for everyone. A nine-year-old boy might not be too excited about attending a princess party, but if you opt for a general Disney theme, they could come dressed as Aladdin, Mufasa, or Buzz Lightyear.
Kids are notorious for getting bored easily, so you will need to plan some entertainment to keep them occupied. Games are an essential part of any birthday party so make sure you have something planned. If your party revolves around an activity like bowling or ice skating you have your bases covered, but you might still wish to come up with a few quick and easy games like Pass the Parcel to fill those gaps in the party. If you’re throwing your party in your backyard it’s a good idea to invest in some outdoor games such as Cornhole Worldwide or Giant Jenga.
With a herd of excited children running around, food is essential to keep their energy levels up. Many children are very picky, so make sure you have a wide variety of options available. You could even plan ahead by getting them to pick their food from a menu in advance. Make sure you cater to specific dietary requirements and prepare something for the adults too.