This past weekend the kids and I went to my best friend’s 4 year-old’s birthday party. The kids had a blast, and I learned a few things about holding kid’s birthday parties.
Here are some pointers for your future birthday blasts:
- Have the kids do a simple craft (think coloring activity) as they arrive. This gives them something to do while waiting for everyone to get there.
- Games that coordinate with the party’s theme? Super fun. (Think “Duck, Duck, Fire Truck” instead of “Duck, Duck, Goose.”)
- Keep the games down to 2-3 short ones.
- Prizes really aren’t necessary for games. In fact, with younger kids prizes could cause more trouble. Stick to giving a goody bag instead.
- If the party is for a preschool aged child, inviting the parents is a wise choice.
- Cupcakes are easier to serve than having to cut a cake and then dish out silverware to eat it with. Still want a cake? Make a smaller one and surround it with coordinating cupcakes.
- Once the presents are opened, have the birthday child pass out goody bags to thank his/her friends for the gifts. This gets little ones’ minds off the new toys and also eases the confusion some younger guests may have as to why they don’t have a present.
- Then, after the gifts are done, send them to play outside or in a playroom while you move presents aside. (It’s hard to share new toys for little ones, directing the party elsewhere eases this problem.)
- As for invitations, put the start and END time on the invitation. (For example, Time: 11:00-1:00) This is a subtle hint to guests as to when to start leaving.
- Going with number 9, having the party early enough in the day ensures little ones have time to investigate their gifts before bedtime. (This is something I am going to remember come Monkey’s birthday this May.)
Got another great tip when it comes to hosting a birthday party? Please, share it with us in a comment!