Are you about to organize a birthday party for a child under the age of 12? These can be great fun, and with the right amount of planning, relatively stress free. Birthdays loom large for children and expectations of friends, cake, and ice cream are huge. Keep it simple. Keep it fun and everyone will be entertained – including the host. Follow these recommendations from the party planning professionals to ensure a successful event for all.
A general rule of thumb is to limit the number on the guest list to the age of the child rounded up for even numbers. This comes in handy of games are played with teams. Select a date and determine your budget. Resist the temptation to go overboard with entertainment. Your goal is not to impress other parents but to simply entertain the birthday child and his or her guests. Simple arts and crafts projects and scavenger hunts are always a hit. Movie night outside with popcorn is a big hit and very simple.
Ramp up the fun while minimizing the cost by taking advantage of the savings offered through Groupon coupons and order custom M&Ms as party favors for the birthday child and guests. What a great surprise this will be. Who doesn’t lie M&Ms? Party hats and balloons on the mail box are always appreciated. Engage your child in selecting a theme for the party and carry this theme over to the cake decorations and paper products.
Finally, depending on the age of the child, for younger children it’s quite common that parents will stay throughout the party, especially if they’ve travelled a fair distance. Parties for younger children typically last up to two and a half hours. Plan to have light, simple refreshments for the parents that will be staying. Thank everyone for coming and insist that the birthday child do the same. Take plenty of pictures and appreciate the awesome memories you’ve helped create!