There are few milestones that are as important as your kid’s birthday. Naturally, you want to throw a party that your kid will adore and remember for a long time. To make sure that your child has the best time ever, you can do a lot. Here is a list of tips that will help you organize an unforgettable party for your kid’s birthday.
Decide on the budget
When it comes to planning a party, no matter the occasion, the most important thing is to decide on the budget. When you know in advance how much you are willing to spend, the planning gets much easier. To make sure you don’t go overboard and spend more than you want to, decide how much you’re willing to spend on each feature of the party.
For instance, you can determine the maximum budget for food, the maximum budget for decorations, and the maximum budget for favors. You could use that when you go shopping and, this way, you’ll be more disciplined. If your child is older, you can even explain the budget to them. Teaching your kids about money is just one of the valuable lessons you have to teach them, and this may be the perfect time to do so.
Keep your theme simple
If your kid has a favorite cartoon, it would be a great idea to turn that show into your party theme. However, parents can sometimes go overboard when it comes to theme parties.
The first problem is that themed party planning can get expensive. If you want to get all the gear that goes with a specific theme, you will spend money on unnecessary decorations. There is no need for both plates and napkins to be themed. It’s much better to have simple decorations that show what the theme is but don’t steal the show.
Not the mention that the kids don’t even care that much about the decorations, which brings us to the second issue associated with thematic parties. Your kid and his or her friends want to have a good time. They don’t care about the details as long as they have fun.
The solution? You can include the theme on the invitations and on the cake, and that will be more than enough. When it comes to decorations, you can get some budget-friendly or you could make some. If you’re creative and have the time, making the decorations is a great way to cut down on party costs.
Bake the cake on your own
While you’re planning out your DIY decorations, take some of that ambition and direct it toward the cake. Bakery cakes are always delicious, but they’re also expensive. If you’re trying to throw a party on a budget, ordering a cake may not be such a good idea. It can be better to invest a bit more into the decorations than the cake. The decorations will influence the overall impression of the party, and the cake is something that you can do on your own.
You can easily bake a cake that will perfectly fit into your theme and you won’t spend a fortune on an extravagant dessert that your birthday boy/girl won’t even remember. You can bake the cake your kid loves and decorate it with colorful frosting and sprinkles to make it more interesting. A simple cake topper may make your cake even more playful.
You don’t even have to make the cake on your own. You can include your kids in the process and let them handle the decorations. This could become a new family tradition that will bring your kids’ closer, and it will also make the whole preparation easier for you.
Plan kids’ birthday party games
Kids are known for being restless and tireless. They have enormous amounts of energy, and they need to be entertained always. You should keep this in mind when throwing a birthday party for your kid. Because of this, you should have some activities planned for your kids and the guests.
For instance, throwing a dance party is a particularly interesting idea. A dance floor is a perfect place for kids to have the time of their lives, and the best thing is that the parents can join them, too.
If the dance party isn’t your favorite, you can include games such as the telephone game that will perfectly entertain the kids. This game starts when one person whispers a sentence to another person. Then the second person whispers what he or she has heard to the next person. The game goes on until the last person says what the sentence is. Kids are bound to adore this game.
Of course, don’t forget to include some photography backdrops that will allow you to capture all of the unforgettable moments in the best possible way. You can get creative with the rest of the activities, but don’t forget to include your child in the planning process.
Limit the number of guests
An important part planning a kid’s birthday party is deciding on the number of guests. To decide on the number of guests, you’ll have to know the location of the party. You don’t want to pack 50 people into a space that’s better suited for around 10. If you’re throwing a party in your backyard, you’ll know how many people you can invite. There are plenty of benefits of throwing a party in your backyard. For instance, your backyard add-ons can come in handy and make the party even better.
You also need to make sure you have enough chairs for all of your guests. If you don’t have enough outdoor furniture, don’t be afraid to access your indoor furniture as well. Collect all of your dining chairs, as well as your drum stools or poufs. If this still isn’t enough, you can always rent some folding chairs and save the party.
Send digital invitations
After you’re done with all of the previous steps, you are ready for the final one: sending the invitations. Send a digital invite to save paper and cut costs. You can send the invite out on Facebook or create an Evite. Both will also send reminders to guests, which is super helpful! Even though this step may seem simple, there are still things you should pay attention to before you send the invitations. Namely, your invitations should include three important pieces of information.
The first and most important piece of information is time. The invitations should have the time clearly stated. Your guests need to know when you’re planning to serve the meal in advance.
The next important piece of information is the attire. People usually wonder what to wear. If you don’t make it easier for them, your guests will show up in all sorts of clothes. Someone can show up in flip-flops, while someone else can come in a classy dress. Make sure that your guests know how they should dress for the occasion.
Finally, you should include the rain plans in the invitations. This is not necessary, but it could be very useful. It’s especially useful when the party is held outdoors. You may include some backup location in the invitation and show that the party is happening whatever the weather conditions are.
Throwing parties is always exciting, and it can get very creative. This is even truer when it comes to throwing a party for your child. With these easy-to-follow tips, you’ll be able to throw an amazing party without spending a fortune.
About the Author
Alexis Walker is a Sydney-based part-time writer and a full-time mom of two. Her words carry the richness of her traveling and parenting adventures, offer advice and inspiration to those who desire to improve their lives. Outside of the office, she takes pleasure in spending precious time with her youngsters and absorbing the happiness they constantly radiate.