For children’s birthday parties — you have to deck out. You just have to.
Children grow up so fast, and if you can throw them a party that they will remember well into their teenage years and adulthood, do so.
The problem is, throwing a birthday party for your little one can be slightly tricky, especially when you have an established budget. When the party is for your child, do you also cater to the “old” people who will be accompanying the young guests? When you hire party services, do you request a mix of big and small tables and chairs?
Old-timers (meaning long-time parents and grandparents) say, do not sweat those details because, for children’s parties, your focus should always be on the fun the kid celebrator would have.The adult chaperones and parents can easily adjust to the youngsters’ preferences.
And speaking of preferences, your child will likely appreciate a themed party for his or her birthday. A themed party will actually make planning considerably easier because the theme gives direction to all the things you have to prepare for. Perhaps the only issue you may deal with is the cost, particularly if you want to make the event grand.
To help you control costs but still achieve your intent of giving your child a fun-tabulous themed birthday celebration, here are five ideas to consider.
1. Go big on what truly matters
For example, to ensure that good time of the birthday celebrator and his or her guests, allocate a huge chunk of the budget on the party elements that they will surely enjoy such as a bouncy castle hire and other play equipment. Going big on these elements will be worth it because children have boundless energy and the different play equipment will take care of all that.
2. Incorporate a colouring activity
You can keep the young ones who do not want to jump around preoccupied and happy by giving them a colouring activity. You can print colouring pages that keep with the theme of the party or paper masks and party hats that the kids can paint or colour. These make nice little keepsakes from the event, and the colouring activity can be a contest that can earn kids a prize at the end of the party.
This is a rather economical way of keeping the kids entertained and providing them with a souvenir from the party. You can use your printer at home and just purchase card paper, crayons or paint from discount stores.
3. Set up a photo booth
You can either hire a photo booth rental or create your own for the party since there are photo booth apps you can download to a computer now and you do not need to set up a background for them. Young and old guests can take their turns having their picture taken and printed. The photos will make great party souvenirs, too.
4. Always go with finger food
Children prefer finger food so don’t bother with fancy. They would rather do without utensils while having fun at a party. So, opt for simple but yummy food such as cookies, pretzels, cupcakes, popcorn, nachos, corn dogs, sliced fruit, bread, and pastries. What’s even better about such finger food options is they are easy to decorate to keep with the theme of the party.
5. Prepare the easiest party games
The easiest party games such as relays, races, and musical statues are also the least complex to align with any theme. Plus, you do not have to spend a long time making sure the little ones comprehend the instructions.
For example, with relays, you can use a dinosaur toy to pass around for a Jurassic Park-themed party. Meanwhile, for races, you can group teams according to their different dinosaur party hats. And, with musical statues, you can play “Walk the Dinosaur” for the entire game but perhaps teach a special “boom, boom, acka, lacka, lacka, boom” step first to make sure everybody’s busting some moves.
These time-tested ideas have worked for so many themed parties already. Use them to make your child’s own themed birthday event a truly epic one, too.
AUTHOR BIO:In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest was history.