Are you planning to throw a birthday party for your child that not only makes your child happy, but also keeps you from getting harried? If you want to host the perfect birthday party, then it is very important to keep a list of all the items that go into making the party smooth and hassle-free.
So take some time out to prepare a checklist of items required for the party and make sure that you keep all the bases covered.
If you are planning a theme for the party, then make it the first step of party planning – this will help you decide on the necessary supplies. Then move onto the menu, decorations, games and other activities that you need to make your kid’s birthday party fun and memorable.
Kids Birthday Party Items
Get your creative juices flowing when you design the invitation. You can add photos of your child, prepare digital invites, or add a personal touch by calling up the parents of the guests. If you are planning a theme party, your execution begins with the invitation. Design a card that will let the guests know about the party theme. This is also a great way to subtly suggest gift ideas, especially for those who are undecided on what to give. Ensure that the invites go out at least one and a half weeks before the party, to give the parents time to plan.
Supplies: Printer, Paper, telephone, phone numbers and of course the guest list.
When it comes to decorating, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are hosting a theme party or an elaborate bash, ensure that you pick up the required decorations well before the party day. Call up party stores and find out if they stock the items you need for your theme. You can even order from online stores, but do keep in mind that supplies ordered online may take a few weeks to arrive. So book your decorations well in advance and start decorating at least four hours prior to the party.
Supplies: Candles, balloons, scene setters, streamers, color paper, flowers, confetti, blowouts, party hats, tiaras and masks.
Food, Drinks and Cake
Food is essential to any party, but children are usually too absorbed in their games to pay much attention to food. Planning for a normal meal is unnecessary as the kids would want to get back to their games as soon as possible. So write down a kid friendly menu – pizza, sandwiches, and snacks like chips. Include the necessary condiments like dips, mustard and ketchup. You could also hold a barbecue and cook hot dogs and hamburgers. And don’t forget to include your child’s favorite food, after all this is his special day.
Bake or purchase a personalized birthday cake for the birthday child. If your party has a theme, then personalize the cake with that theme. Ensure that the cake is weighty enough for all the children to get a piece. Add a cake knife, some birthday candles and matches to your list. Serve a choice of ice cream on the side. You can also serve some specially designed cupcakes. Keep pitchers of water, bowls of punch and lemonade ready.
Supplies: Yummy cake, quick snacks, drinks, cup cakes, cookies and lots of candies
Your party table needs to be stocked with all the necessities including tableware and silverware. As a rule of thumb, buy these items two to three times the number of guests expected, keeping in mind adults who may accompany the kids and of course, the kids who would tend to use more number of cutlery While you are at it, bring out some disposable table coverings to ensure minimum damage to your table and to make your after-party cleaning work easier.
Supplies: Take a day out to purchase colorful paper cups, plates, disposable glasses and napkins; spoons and forks; straws and cake plates and disposable table coverings.
The icing on any birthday party is its games. You have to plan the games depending on the age of the kids. Games also keep the kids occupied in one place, and you don’t have gangs romping around the house.
Popular kids party games include pin the tail on the donkey, balloon games, etc. If you are organizing a scavenger hunt, you need to make the lists and keep all the required things in their places. You can even make a pinata that contains yummy treats. Arrange for some fun face painting or washable tattoos to keep the children engaged.
Supplies: You can look in your local craft store for balloons, paper, lists, gifts, party hats, blowers, masks, other items for the games.
If you are planning to hire entertainment for your party, make it a priority. There are many birthday party entertainers who offer a wide range of prices. Some of the best entertainers are booked well in advance, so do the hiring first. If you are having a theme party, hire a costumed entertainer. You can even theme your party around the entertainer or give your theme to the entertainer in advance.
Supplies: You can get contacts from other parents or friends, or do an online search for entertainers in your area.
Music is the life of any party – so spend an afternoon with your child and burn a CD with popular songs. Play your child’s favorite songs first and then move on to requests. Do not forget the happy birthday song.
Kids love goodie bags, and this is why putting together a goodie bag can prove to be the most difficult part of planning a party. The bags can carry the theme, or you can simply purchase some colorful bags that are available at various craft stores. In order to ensure that the kids take home fun memories, ensure that the items in the goodie bag are fun too. The return gifts can include birthday caps, masks, chocolates and candies, stickers, tattoos, and some cheap but fun toys like bubble makers or activity books.
Ensure that the party area is ready at least one hour before the fun begins. And do take into account parents and other members who might accompany the kids along for the birthday. Don’t forget to take lots of photographs and videos and turn it into a beautiful digital album to cherish the memories for years to come!