Tips for Kids Parties

Parties for children have come a long way in recent times with more options, more expense and more expectation placed on an event that runs approximately 2-3 hours. Being involved in the children’s party industry for 15 years, I’ve seen every type of party from the informal backyard gathering to a virtual carnival with a great variety of entertainment hired.

But don’t be daunted! A child’s party doesn’t require an event planner or a big budget to be a success. I want to give you some sure-fire tips to get the party started and the kids really enjoying themselves.

1. Keep it traditional. Children love it when predictable elements occur, and if they’re overlooked, it will not go unnoticed! Definites are: Food, birthday cake, and the all important Party Bag! If you have at least these three things, you’ve got a party.

2. Things for the kids to do. There are literally thousands of options: Party games; hire an activity or entertainer or have it somewhere that will entertain the kids for you. Rule of thumb: DON’T OVER-DO IT!

One or two entertainment events are more than enough. The fact is, the kids are already being directed to eat now, cut the cake now, watch the gifts being opened now, etc etc.. If you add entertainers, activities and games, children may easily become overwhelmed, plus the party whizzes by without the kids having a chance to actually play.

3. Play time: This element should be the top party essential. Allowing time for children to play, run around, talk and laugh with one another is golden. It suits children of all ages and capabilities, and -, it’s free!

4. Age-appropriate entertainment. This idea may seem like a no-brainer, but many parties can have children feeling bored or bewildered. For example, hiring a magician-clown for two-year olds left most of the children terrified. Another example is a bowling party for four-year olds. The kids had no interest in being competitive and after several bowls, the excitement had seriously worn off. And even Pass-the-Parcel can cause distress when played with children who are too young to realise they haven’t missed out, they just have to wait their turn. If you are hosting a party for mixed ages and genders, there’s a broad range of entertainment that will appeal, such as jumping castles and balloon-twisting.

5. Try to Relax! When planning a party, listen to your child and use your instincts – you know what they’ll enjoy most. On the day have a mini paper list so that you don’t forget anything, like when to put the party pies in the oven or to hand out the party bags.

Then, enjoy YOURSELF too…after all -it’s a party!

All the best!

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