How To Throw A Great Birthday Party: 8 Tips
Planning a birthday party for your child doesn’t have to be difficult. Browse our kids’ birthday party guide, or pick up a copy of Your Local Kids Source at a retailer near you for a complete directory of the best party places in your area. When hosting a birthday party, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Choose a Theme with your Child
Allowing your child to choose a theme for their party encourages them to be part of the planning process, and can help you better organize coordinating activities. Some theme ideas include spa parties, car racing parties, craft parties, or cooking parties. For more theme resources, take a look at our Party Activities and Themes for both Nassau County and Suffolk County. When selecting a theme, try to aim for something that interests your child and is age-appropriate for all party guests.
- Keep the Party Small
Although your child may feel inclined to invite everyone, it can be overwhelming for both of you if there are too many children. Many parents choose to use their child’s age plus one as a rule of thumb when inviting guests.
- Make the Invitation Informative
When planning any event, it is important to highlight a start and end time. You can also indicate on the invitation whether or not parents are welcomed to stay. If space is limited, or you won’t have the time to interact with the parents, you may choose to list the end time as a “pick-up” time.
- Plan Activities Beforehand
You’ll want to have a list of activities planned for the party early enough to make changes if necessary. It can help to choose versatile activities that are possible to do if inclement weather forces the party to be moved indoors.
- Go for Short and Simple
Gauging a party by the age of your child is important. Younger children tend to have shorter attention spans, and for most kids, a two or three hour party is more than enough. Be sure not to try and cram too many activities into one party – it’s a good idea to give the children a bit of time to make introductions and wind down at the start of the party.
- Choose a Child-Friendly Menu
It is generally assumed that most parties will have snacks. If you’re concerned about allergies, speak with the parents beforehand to inform them of what you are serving; or indicate it on the invitation. To optimize playtime for your children, it may be more feasible to serve snacks rather than a meal when possible.
- Be Creative with Party Favors
The best part about hosting a party is the opportunity to be creative. Choosing to do a craft activity at the party ensures that each child will have something to take home. Some suggestions for creative party favors include t-shirts, jewelry or baked goods.
- Take Pictures
Try to take photographs of the party when possible, so that your child can remember their day. If you’re able to print an extra copy, photos can be a welcome addition to any thank-you card.
Following the 8 tips on this birthday party guide, you and your child will be able to have the celebration you always wanted!