Children’s birthday parties can be a lot of fun. They can also be extremely stressful and expensive, but there are ways to avoid that. In this post, we want to show you some of the steps we suggest for keeping your child’s birthday party under control.
The most important thing to do, first of all, is to set expectations with both your child, and yourself.
Start by setting out a total budget that you are happy to stick to. When deciding on your budget, think about your general ideas for the party such as venue, number of people etc. You’ll think about these things in more detail later on.
You also need to set expectations with your child. Talk to them and figure out what they’d like from their birthday party. There’s no point throwing a princess themed party if they wanted a Lego themed party.
Make sure that they’re excited about the party but understand that they won’t get everything their own way. If you’re having trouble deciding on aspects of the party then talking to your child can help with this.
Picking a Venue
With expectations set and your child’s wishes in mind, it’s time to pick a venue. If you want to keep your budget low then hosting it at home is a great option, but it comes with some limitations like headcount and parking.
Hiring out a local hall or similar venue is a great way to support local businesses and it gives you a bit more space if you plan on inviting a lot of people.
Hired venues also usually come with some helpful extras like sound systems and catering areas.
Make sure you pick somewhere within your budget but be sure to shop around. There are loads of venues around Essex.
Keeping children engaged for hours at a time is no easy thing. So to keep stress minimal we suggest hiring a professional. There are all sorts of children’s entertainers around that cover a wide variety of themes.
Make use of local directory websites as well as Google to find an entertainer that suits your child’s interests.
For example, if you’re looking for princess parties in Essex, then try looking at sites like Essex Mums and Families Online for some local results.
Preparing the Food
Depending on your budget you can either prepare the food yourself or hire a local caterer to help. If you don’t have many party guests then doing it yourself is probably cheaper and easier. But if you’re hiring a venue or expecting a lot of guests, hiring professionals can remove a lot of the stress and worry of feeding hungry and excited children.
Make sure not to forget the cake! Birthday cakes can be found in all supermarkets nowadays but there’s something special about a homemade cake. If you have the time then a homemade cake will always be appreciated by everyone at the party, even if you’re not that great of a baker.
The cake can be made the day before the party so it’s not a source of stress, and don’t be afraid of practising the cake a few times in the weeks leading up to the party. An excuse for more cake is never a bad thing!
Sending out Invitations
Now that you have most of your plans in place it’s time to get invitations out! You can use generic party invitations if you’re trying to save some money, but hunting down some themed ones to fit with your child’s party will really help to get the guests excited.
If your child is old enough to read and write then it’s nice if they write the invitations themselves. But make sure the time and location of your party are nice and clearly written so that parents of the party guests can get to your party on time.
If your guests live nearby then heading out to hand deliver them can be a fun activity for parents and children. Alternatively, a joint trip to the postbox or post office is just as fun.
The Big Day
The big day has arrived. Your child is likely to be overly enthusiastic so do your best to keep control but make sure to enjoy the build up and take lots of pictures of the preparation and guests arriving.
With everything prepared in advance, you should be largely free to enjoy the day at your own pace, guiding the party activities.
Make sure to take lots of pictures and enjoy chatting with other parents if they’ve decided to stay. And, don’t forget to watch and enjoy your children having fun.
They may be crazy and hyper but that’s part of the fun of children’s birthday parties. They’re only this young once so make the most of it and enjoy yourself.
The guests have gone, your children are exhausted and need a good nap. You probably feel the same way. It’s time to clean up and revel in your triumph.
If you held the party at home feel free to only clean up the worst of the mess and put off the rest till tomorrow. Then you can focus on spending some time with your exhausted and happy children.
If you’re in a venue make sure you leave it how you found it and thank the owner as well.
All that’s left is to watch your child excitedly open their presents from party guests, eat a lot more cake and get a good nights sleep, proud in the knowledge that your child had a fantastic birthday!