9 Top Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Kid’s Party!
Hello there. How’s it going? Enjoying the sunshine? It is literally a month now until B’s birthday party and I need to get my skates on. I just sent out the invites and I feel like I’m semi-organised. Kinda…
I like to share some tips and lessons-learned with you guys and today they are all about planning a party. With the aim of it being stress-free and fun.
I know, I know, maybe “fun” isn’t the right word but hear me out!
Top Tips Here We Come…
OK so let’s get this party started. Number one…
1 – Budget
Probably the first thing you want to figure out is how much you wanna spend. That will determine everything else! We do like to budget!
2 – Pick a place
Decide on you venue – your house or mine? If you have the space, you can keep costs down at home. But do you want umpteen kids trashing your house? Probably not. Church halls and sports halls are usually fairly cheap to hire if cost is an issue.
3 – Set your date and time
Obvs right but if you have really little ones, you may want to plan around nap times/lunch times etc. Now that B is nearly five, I don’t overly care about timings.
4 – Theme
Does your little one want a themed party? Themes are fun but try and persuade your little one to keep it fairly simple. B suggested a Lego Iron Man party. Erm, no, Lego will be just fine buddy!
5 – Guest list
You don’t have to invite the whole class. Honestly. Don’t. Limit numbers and ask your little one who they really want to invite. Fortunately for me, B only wanted a few friends from his class. The rest are friends we’ve known for ages.
6 – Invites
Paper, digital? Now I would be happy with just a text or Facebook message, but there’s something nice about handing out invites to friends. B really enjoys this. You can pick packs up in the pound shops, or we printed ours at home, using a template we found online.
7 – Ditch the games
Unless your little one is desperate for a pass the parcel, I say make it easy on yourself and let them play and be free. Last year we hired a bouncy castle and I did not really see my son for a good six hours. The kids were happy to bounce, eat, bounce and eat. Bluergh.
Although I did freeze some ice eggs the day before and these went down a storm. So easy and kept the kids happy for a good five minutes! Water sensory play is a great idea and easy to do too. Or you could set up a mud kitchen.
8 – Keep food simple
It depends how much time you have on your hands but I know on party day, I don’t want to stress-on with making Lego themed sandwiches. Last summer we had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme – Pizzas and veggie sticks. Pizza watermelon and slime (jelly) for pudding. Job done.
9 – Party bags
There are so many options for keeping things simple these days – sweet cones, books, blind bags. Easy peasy.
SO there you go, party planning made easy! Be sure to follow us on all the social channels for more fun ideas and to see what we get up to at B’s next party! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!