Birthdays are usually a kid’s favorite day of the year! And their birthday party is how they mark it. Every parent wants their children to have the time of their life. But they can also be expensive affairs. For instance, the average party price comes in at around $500. Some parents spend thousands!
Likewise, with all the preparation required and dozens of excited children running around, high on life, sugar, and e-numbers, it can get stressful too!
Thankfully, excessive expense and stress don’t have to be problems on the day! A well-formulated checklist can ensure everything is under control. But what goes onto the list?!
Keep reading to find out essential items for your birthday party checklist.
8 Items for the Ultimate Birthday Party Checklist
There’s no magic formula for the perfect kid’s party. But there are definite essentials to keep in mind. Here are 8 of them!
1. The Invites and Guest List
A great party starts with the guests!
The first checklist item to consider is who to invite.
Now, your child might have strong opinions on who should come and who shouldn’t. Playground politics start early! Work with your young’un to see who they want to invite.
Then set to task creating the invites themselves. You could go the easy way and send out a message online to all the parents. But there’s nothing quite like an actual, physical invitation coming through the post!
Regardless of what you do, it pays to think about this weeks in advance. After all, you want to provide enough time for people to RSVP. That way you’ll have a solid idea of who is coming to help plan the party itself.
2. The Theme
Next up is the theme!
Every kid’s birthday party worth its salt has a theme attached. Kids will love getting dressed up and coming along in a costume of some sort. All the food, entertainment, music and so on can match it too.
Again, decide this in advance. You could even include the information on the invitation itself. This will give parents enough time to work on outfits for their kids.
3. The Parent Helpers
Running a kid’s birthday party by yourself is a recipe for disaster!
It’s probably dangerous too. With so many kids around you’ll want to ensure there are enough adults to keep an eye on everyone. Make an effort to put the feelers out early on. For younger children, it’s likely that parents will stick around on the day anyway.
A couple of weeks before the party, why not ask around if they can take on a supporting role! It pays to get names lined up in advance so everyone knows what to expect.
4. The Entertainer
Every party should have some entertainment!
Children will love having an entertainer there- especially if they match the theme of the day.
Nicely, you can afford to book the entertainment ahead of time. Looking to save some money? Why not solicit the help of a friendly, funny parent?! Dress them up in a funny costume and have them prepare some fun activities.
5. The Venue
The venue is another crucial element of a successful kid’s party.
Again, it’s important to know how many people are coming first. Make sure you have the guest list sorted before booking! Otherwise, you run the risk of overpaying for an oversized space. Moreover, the venue itself will probably want to know how many children to expect.
Try doing some research ahead of time though. You want to see what’s available and make inquiries about costs and amenities. Oh, and keep the theme in mind too. This will play a big part in the location you choose to hire.
6. The Food, Sweets, and Treats
Party food can make or break the day!
Kids often look forward to the food as much as the party itself. Take your theme, and the number of children into account, and then order food accordingly.
You can’t go wrong with ice cream at a party. You could even go all out and hire ice cream catering.
Make sure you take any allergies into consideration though. You could ask people to get in touch with allergy advice if you don’t already know the details.
7. The Games
The plan’s coming together. You’re nearly there!
The penultimate thing to consider is the games to run at home.
You’ve got the entertainer in place, so they’ll be able to take the bulk of responsibility here. However, it’s always good to have some additional games up your sleeve. That’s especially true if the entertainer has only been booked for a few hours.
There’s nothing worse than a bunch of unoccupied and excitable kids. Here’s a list of party games to help inspire ideas.
8. The Party Bags
No party is complete without a party bag to go home with!
If all else fails, a well-stocked party bag will make a child’s day. Make sure you stock up on popular party favorites beforehand. Think more sweets, treats (feel free to do a healthier version!) and little gifts. Again, why not match what’s inside with the theme of the day?
Other kid’s favorites include stickers, fake tattoos, coloring crayons, play-doh, and more. You could prepare these far in advance to make things easier on the day.
Time to Get Partying
There you have it: 8 essential items for your child’s birthday party checklist.
Kid’s parties are special occasions! You want your children to have an awesome time. However, it would be easy for costs and stress-levels to rise without proper preparation. That’s where a checklist can come in so handy.
Hopefully, the information we’ve provided here will enable you to organize an incredible party, with minimum fuss!
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