Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guide to planning a kid's party

So your cute baby is now turning another milestone and as proud mom and dad, you want every detail of the celebration be as wonderful and cheerful as your feeling of being parents. Here are some tips for parents how to organize a picture-perfect kid's birthday party.

To-Do Lists

Before long you may be armed with a to-do list a mile long which can suddenly make the whole event seem overwhelming. You may break down the tasks into smaller, manageable lists rather than something that may easily repaper your hallway!
Party Venue
The first decision is where you are going to have your party.  The choice of venue will be paramount in much of your other planning.  There is an abundance of choice for holding a childrens birthday party; from a football club or swimming pool to an indoor play centre or village hall.  Many venues offer ‘package parties’ so you don’t have to worry about anything apart from the date and time of your party.  

Party Decorations, Invitations & Partyware
Once the theme has been decided start looking for party decorations, invitations and partyware.  The internet has made it so much easier to find fantastic products to make your party stylish and easy to handle.
Make everything grand and fabulous by considering party printables.  These are a great option that can often be personalised and are delivered directly to your inbox so often arrive within 24 hours (unpersonalised) even if the designer is in the US or Australia.  All you have to do then is print out your pack and voila you have amazing invitations and decorations, but be sure to invest in a pack of good quality paper to print these.
Games & Entertainment
Next step is planning games and entertainment for your kid's party.  Choose entertaining that fit the occasion.  Younger children may enjoy some quieter activites so having a stack of colouring sheets and crayons is always a good idea.  If you are planning on booking an entertainer I advise you to research thoroughly and book somebody that comes highly recommended and they must be CRB checked.  
Party Food

Now that you have your partyware, decorations and invitations you can start thinking about the food.  Remember that small children will not eat a huge amount of food and will be holding out for the sweet treats that a party promises.  Also the time of day of your party will dictate how hungry the guests will be.  

By choosing to host a party at lunchtime the children will be hungry so more food and more choices might be required.  Yet a selection of snacks is more suitable for a party hosted mid afternoon.  As parents we are very aware of the perils of serving too many sugary treats try to serve these in moderation and balancing them with healthy treats! 

Another important aspect in planning your party food is considering children's dietry requirements and any food allergies or intolerance.

Throughout your planning always remember a little imagination can go a very long way.  With everything organised you can now relax and take some time to enjoy your kid's party.
Source: PARTY PIECES (family business of the parents of Kate Middleton)

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