We’ve been through a lot these past 16 months but now things are opening up again. It’s time to think about being social again, especially for your little ones who may have missed their friends. You may remember that planning a kids birthday party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here, we will discuss everything you need for the perfect kid’s birthday party. From cake, to what not to do, party catering and how to keep guests entertained, we’ll cover all the bases in our ultimate guide.
Make your list, check it twice
Because a bit like Santa you want to find out who’s naughty and nice. Your little angel might want to invite the local tearaway to your house or the local play barn. so their guest list might need some polite editing on your behalf. Send out your invites, well in advance and be sure to account for siblings if they are of a similar age. And, of course, get in touch with a venue if you are not entertaining at home (which we do not recommend).
Don’t do this at home
There is a reason that a whole industry has been born out of entertaining children. You don’t want 5 – 10 kids in your house. Of course, if you have more than three kids you probably won’t have room anyway, but if you are a novice party-preparing parent and you are considering doing it at home, just don’t. The pandemic has been stressful enough and kids can only eat so much and anyway, it’s all about them having fun together.
Climbing walls and ninja courses are great for boys but if you want a unisex option a generic play barn may be the best option. They also have trampoline and ball pits so it can please the mixed-party crowd, but not all of them. However, the staff at these places do this every day so will take the stress off of you and you can pay for the pleasure of a kid’s party expert to take care of the little darlings.
If you do choose the at-home option
If you are feeling brave enough to do something at home like a treasure hunt or some kind of obstacle course then be prepared for hours (a whole day) worth of preparation. But if you go with an organised party planner (yes these people do exist) then they will take the stress out of it for you. And go for a garden party if you can, so a gazebo will be essential and kind of rules it out if your little angels’ birthday falls in autumn or winter. If you do DIY your party:
- Rope in some family and friends to help
- Make a plan and stick to it i.e. pass the parcel at 1 pm, musical chairs at 1:15pm etc
- Always keep it to two hours, maximum (at home or at a venue)
If you are feeling brave (or if you’re an expert), sure – do your own. Just remember that what your little one loved last year, they may be embarrassed about this year so be sure to check what your little one wants rather than suffer the look of disappointment on their face when you go for the big reveal!
Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by Lucy Clarke