Planning a child’s birthday party isn’t easy and it seems
there are an array of options to go for from hiring a mini zoo, bowling, a
cupcake making party to a good old fashioned tea party.
As party providers ourselves we have a wealth of experience
hosting parties for children aged 2-12.
So what makes a good party?
Whether you are going for a party in a hall or
at home decorate the venue. It gives the space a sense of occasion and looks
fantastic on pictures.
If you are having a party for younger children then
party boxes filled with goodies are a great idea. However, platters of party
food passed round works really well for older children.
Everyone always comes to a party with a gift (it
would be rude not to). It is a good idea to have a gift table to place the
presents. Have a pack of white sticky labels and a pen and write the child’s
name on it this will make sure you know who the gift is from later. Most people
save the presents to be opened at a later date rather than during the party.
Thank you cards or letters are a must. Take a
photo of your child or even the whole party and use it on the thank you cards
as this acts as a special moment of the party. Getting your child to write the
cards themselves really adds a personal touch.
At Party Stars we offer high energy adventure parties
where everyone is included and involved. Although traditional party games are
often great fun and bring a sense of nostalgia, they can be difficult for the
parent to organise and sometimes fail to capture young children’s attention. If
you do want to make it traditional choose party games carefully and keep it
quick paced – for example only have a few turns of musical statues and maybe
think about a couple of parcels moving at the same time for pass the parcel.
Alternate a high energy game, like musical bumps, with a calmer more sedate
game, like sleeping lions or pass the parcel. Some party hosts are happy to
include a traditional party game or two.
Parents of reception aged children and younger
generally stay at parties so make sure you have somewhere for them to sit and perhaps
consider offering tea and coffee too.
Older children are usually left at parties
alone so it is a good idea to take a contact telephone number for each child.
Whether you opt for a party host or to run your
own party birthday candles are a must – make sure they are purchased and packed,
along with matches, prior to the party.
Planning and hosting your child’s party can be a very
daunting task but at the same time it is extremely rewarding and something that
can be remembered and cherished for years to come.
Charlie Day runs party stars which offers adventure parties
and show in a party for ages 2-12. www.partystarsuk.co.uk