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Tips for Planning a Fun and Fuss-Free Kiddies Birthday Party

01 October 2018
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Does the thought of planning your little one’s birthday party leave a big knot in your stomach? While there’s much to be done before their special day, there’s plenty you can do to reduce your stress and ensure that it’s a great success. Here are our tips for planning a fun and fuss-free kiddies birthday party!

Refocus Your Priorities

Start by believing that there’s no need to throw an elaborate party with all the bells and whistles. We fondly remember a time when kiddies parties were small gatherings with close friends and family and the cake was the star of show. The décor was minimal and the games old fashioned, yet everyone still enjoyed themselves. So don’t give in to the pressure of impressing parents or outdoing other people’s parties – so long as your child and his or her guests have fun, you’ll already have succeeded.

Get the Kids Involved

What better way to delight the guest of honour than to involve him or her in the planning. Not only will this take a load off your shoulders, but we’re sure they have tons of awesome ideas. Older children may even have just as much fun writing the guest list and shopping for supplies as they would on the actual day! Younger children will likely have a smaller role to play, but it’s a good idea to ask their preferences in terms of the party theme, food and venue.

Start Early

The quickest way to feel frazzled is to start planning at the last minute. Start at least six weeks in advance by making a master list of all the things you need to do and party goodies you need to buy, and then start ticking them off one by one. The essentials include: sending invitations and receiving RSVPs, deciding on the décor, food and games, and arranging for extra help if needed. By having the majority of your list complete by the week of the party, you can focus on decorating your home or venue, baking the cake and preparing the food.

Limit the Guest List

Kiddies parties are significantly more manageable if the guest list is limited as far as possible. A good rule of thumb is to invite the same number of guests as your child’s age plus one. So for example, if your child is turning five you may consider limiting the guest list to six friends. Certainly, if you have a number of helping hands on deck you may choose to invite more.

Ace the Basics

The key is to not attempt too much, but rather to do the simple things really well. If in doubt, stick to perennial party favourites such as finger foods, which are easy to prepare, serve and clean up afterwards, as well as cupcakes, cookies, jelly, popcorn, etc. Just remember to check if any of your guests have food allergies. Games such as “Pin the Tail on The Donkey” or “Pass the Parcel” may sound banal, but you can always shake things by changing them to fit the theme. For example, the kids may play “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn” at a Unicorn-themed party.

Keep Calm

Easier said than done, right? The truth is that there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the day as much as anyone else – especially if you plan ahead, remember that simple is best and enlist the help from a spouse or friend. Everything may not go according to plan, but if you can keep a level head and smile on your face, we’re betting no-one would even notice a difference. As the host of the party, your attitude will set the tone for the day, so go with the flow and have some fun – it’s a party after all!

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