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Planning a children’s birthday party

Guest article | 21 June 2012

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Children’s parties are a lot of fun, but planning one can seem like a daunting task for most parents...

The good news is that organising a party for the kids is not as difficult or time consuming as you might think. Here are a few things you will need to check off the list.

Birthday invitations

The first thing you will need to organise is who you will invite to the party. Make a list of all the birthday child’s friends and then write up the birthday invitations. You can make writing up the invitations fun by establishing a theme for the party. You can customise the birthday invitations by incorporating the theme - be as creative and specific as you like. Ask the birthday boy or girl what they’d like to go as for the party, some suggestions include dressing up as your favourite monster, jungle animal or comic book superhero - or how about your favourite TV feline? Parties with themes are exciting and they give kids a chance to play a fun role as their favourite characters. Making your party invitations fit the theme is a great visual way to show the guests what they will expect at your party.

What games to play?

You will need to decide on some fun games for the guests. For pre-schoolers, some popular games include pass the parcel, Simon Says, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and treasure hunt. A piñata is more suitable for older children (6 yrs plus) but make sure you allocate plenty of room before you allow the kids to play! Include prizes with all activities and be sure that each child has had a turn to be in the limelight and score some treats for their effort. Remember, party games for kids aren’t competitions; they’re about creating a fun atmosphere where everyone is included!

Where to host the party?

Most parents might think about holding the party at home, but there are plenty of other great, cost-effective party venues that include food and activities - which means fewer things for you to worry about. Some popular venues to hold a party include the ice skating rink, amusement park, bowling alley, gaming arcade, community hall, or restaurant. If you want to hold the party at home, it’s best to allocate a main party room to let the kids play in and clear out any furniture or other items that might get in the way. You’ll be able to easily manoeuvre around with plates of food and small children around if you give plenty of space to do so.

What food to prepare?

If you’re having the party at home you’ll have to decide who will provide the catering. You can save money by baking your own cake and bringing together some snacks from the supermarket; party pies, sausage rolls and quiches are quick to prepare and great for parties. You can order in pizza as well which can also be a cost effective way to feed the (often fussy) guests.







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