As a mom, I know we get extremely overwhelmed when it comes to planning the perfect birthday for our child. Between the everyday chaos, work and home we just added an extra to-do to our never ending list. Most moms put a lot of thought and hours of research to find the perfect place, the perfect theme to make this day magical. We stress over every detail but the truth is our child is just excited for the special day, and the details that might be important to us, so we think, are defiantly not something our little once think twice about.
Here is my take how
to simplify your life of planning the perfect party for your child
- Choose date and your party venue – Once you have the date, look for places that are offer variety of activities for the particular age group. Venues that offer private rooms so all your belongings and gifts can be put away is always the way to go. It will give your child a little privacy, and not take away from cake time when they are in the middle of the venue and are distracted by everything going around. This might be a no brainer but make sure there is a changing table, I have been to kids indoor playgrounds where there was no changing table and had to change my youngest squatting down on the ground and holding her on my knees. Some parents might bring the baby with them if they are attending older kid’s birthday and you don’t want to see those mamas upset. Check with the venue that they will take care of the decorations, and that the package offers food for the kids like pizza, also verify they will serve the cake you bring and have plates and utensils available.
- Party Entertainment – Decide if the venue provides enough entertainment, or if you are hosting at home, maybe book a clown or a face paint to keep the kids entertained. You want to break up the two to three hour party just a little bit, so the kids don’t get run down, or the truth is so you can get a slight break too. For smaller groups I would defiantly go with face paint, as it does take a little time for each child, for larger groups I would go with clown or animal show which are widely accessible.
- Invites – Make a list of who to invite – personally I don’t believe in going too crazy with this and I like to only invite the closest school friends and family, also keeping the budget in mind. The issue I see with inviting the whole class is the kids might not particularly be close to some children at school and they will feel awkward during the party, putting added stress on your child and yourself as you will try to make everyone happy, this is a mom nature. Just like adults we want to have people around at our party who we know and can have fun with. You wouldn’t invite everyone you work with just because you see them every day. The smaller the group the better chance your child will have the opportunity to interact with everyone. We know the day of the party is crazy, the two hours fly by, no need to stretch yourself thin. Doing invites online, saves time and defiantly money. Site like Evites.com, will send reminders to people to RSVP and you will see it in real time who has opened it, who is coming and who will be reminded. It reduces an extra step for you to email or call everyone, since this is done in a very discrete way.
- Cakes – Decide if you will be ordering the cake, or making something at home. Many of the kids party venues will only allow for store bought cakes due to allergies, however some will let you bring your own. I started a tradition with my now seventeen year old, that I still keep with my three year old – that I would bake chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting and chocolate sprinkles. Not only I knew that there is no extra chemicals, or for a chance of frosting being so sweet kids wipe it off the cake. It was also a great way for me to bond with my daughter, and all the kids always enjoyed it more than a store bought cake. I defiantly got a lot of complements from parents. They absolutely loved the idea and used it later, and honestly it only takes about half an hour of actual time to get this done the night before.
- Party Favors and Thank You Cards – I am not a fan of party favors, as usually the parents spend extra money for the items to be thrown out or thrown in a corner somewhere. Instead of buying few little things that are useless, I usually go for something the kids can enjoy. Dollar Store or Dollar section at Target always has great finds. In the summer I have done, sand buckets, bubble wands, I have done puzzle books with a cute pen, on the go coloring sets – something simple yet parents don’t have ten little items in a bag that will end up in a garbage or all over their car. To save time – I attach a Thank you card to the party favor with a ribbon. Generic Thank You for coming is simple and elegant, saves time afterwards. I found this to be a huge time saver and simple gesture that later doesn’t get lost in your child’s backpack.
Now that you have all you need to relax while you plan the party,
grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some free time for yourself.