If the thought of having a group of kids running through your house for a birthday party has your palms getting sweaty, fear not. Whether you’re organized by nature or even just barely capable of writing a to-do list, here are some tips to get you on your way to hosting a fantastic birthday party for your kids.
Plan, then plan some more
Once you pick the space in your home where the party will take place, having a thorough outline or checklist is the foundation of a good party, and it will help you feel in control of a situation that can easily spiral into craziness. A party time line where you have a rough estimate on when guests are arriving, when activities will start or end, when any outside entertainment will arrive and how long they will perform, when to serve food and the cake, and even when the party will end can help to soothe your nerves and help the party run smoothly.
Age appropriate party activities
If you’ll be having kids over that range in age, plan on activities so the majority of the party guests can participate and have a good time. Scavenger hunts are great for a variety of ages, and even for a variety of themes. Arts and crafts are also a great activity, especially when the kids can make something they can take home as a favor from the party. Two birds, one stone.
Depending on the age of the birthday girl or boy, they should definitely be consulted when it comes to the guest list, particularly if they’re in school. It’s their party after all. Letting them be involved is a great way to ensure they’ll have a good time. Also, reining in your list will allow you to control any chaos. The bigger the party, the more chances things can get out of control. Think quality, not quantity.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from your family or friends. There aren’t any rules saying you have to do everything yourself. Assign tasks beforehand to your trustworthy party sidekicks so you have a chance to actually enjoy the party yourself.
You definitely do not have to break into your child’s college fund to have a birthday party at home. Sit down with your spouse or partner and determine a budget for the party. And stick with it. For an in-home party, there is definitely no need to overdo it, and even though it may be easy to get carried away, be sure to price everything before hand, and don’t be afraid to shop around for a better price on something.
Hosting a birthday bash in your home doesn’t have to be intimidating. Be sure to check back here at Queens Mamas for our complete birthday guide.