There is no doubt that children’s parties are becoming more and more extravagant. What with a vast array of themes, costumes, games, food and venues to choose from, parents have the unenviable task of arranging all manner of minor details to make sure their little ones party goes off with a real fun packed bang.
No matter what the occasion, children’s parties are one of those things that our little ones cherish and remember through the years. Making it something to remember isn’t very difficult, but making it something extra special requires effort and a great deal of organisation. One of the most important things to establish when it comes to children’s parties is the venue. Having a party at home is a cheaper alternative to renting out a room in a local community centre, or taking them to a specialised children’s party venue, but do you have the space? Consider how many children are going to be invited to the party and ask if you can accommodate them safely and without giving you too much strain. If you are hosting a party at home during the summer, open the doors and have the party outside under blue skies.
Depending on the age of your child you may want to consider having a themed party. Decorate the venue according to your child’s favourite cartoon character or hobby. Young girls could have an ultimate princess party, with fairy tale decorations and even fancy dress. Other themes that are simple to achieve are pirate parties,cartoon characters, craft parties and sporting themed parties.
Another thing to consider is entertainment. If you are having your children’s party at an organised party venue then entertainment is usually included, but if you are renting out premises for a few hours or if you are brave enough to have the party at home, you need to think of fun filled way to keep your little guests entertained. Hiring an outside entertainer is a good idea, such as a mascot who can arrive with a card and bring in the cake ! but if you are in a budget consider some of the more traditional party games to keep everyone occupied. A group treasure hunt in always a marvellous idea. While it does require a little pre planning you can leave treasure maps and cleverly hidden clues to guide party guests to fun and small trinket prizes. Consider brushing up on your face painting skills or bring out some art materials and let the children design and create their own party hats or masks.
The final major thing to consider for the modern day children’s party is the catering. It is highly likely that one or more of your young party guests are harbouring some kind of food allergy. To overcome this, the only thing to do is ask as you hand out your invitations. Younger children may not be able to recognise the foods that will cause their allergies to flare, whereas older children probably will. If any of your guests do have a food related allergy, alter your menu accordingly but keep it simple and give every child the same food choices to avoid arguments.
Children’s parties open themselves up to be as elaborate and expensive as you make them. Regardless of budget or location, your son or daughters party will always be a special occasion, but make it an occasion to be remembered.