Birthday parties for young children can be great fun for kids and adults alike, but you need to take some steps to make things easier on you so you’ll be more able to enjoy the festivities instead of worrying about whether everything is going as planned.
For starters, you need to set a reasonable budget for the party. Your budget can be per guest or you can determine a maximum amount of money you can afford to spend. Either way, you want to be careful about trying to outdo other parents by spending more and having a lavish affair. Children only want to have a good time with their friends, eat some cake, and open gifts. Keep that in mind.
Next, you’ll want to decide where to have the birthday party. Your home or yard is an obvious choice and can be convenient for you, but do you want to have ten or twenty children running through your rooms or, more importantly, do you want to clean up after them? McDonald’s and similar restaurants will provide birthday parties for children at a reasonable cost which usually includes some games, food, a cake, and more. Entertainment complexes which offer video games, miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, and other activities are also worth considering. Usually you’ll pay a lump sum for a certain number of guests and an extra fee for each additional person who attends so keep that in mind when planning the guest list.
Speaking of the guest list, knowing who makes the cut and who doesn’t can be a challenge. While you may be tempted to invite everyone from your child’s class, you don’t have to. Let your child provide input on who is invited. He or she knows who would be a good guest and who wouldn’t. You may be surprised, but your child may want to invite his or her teacher to the party. Before you send out that invitation, you should ask the teacher in person. You don’t want to leave the teacher out, but your child might be disappointed if his or her teacher is invited but can’t attend.
When you’re putting together the guest list, remember that some parents won’t leave and that others will bring along siblings. You can’t stop that from happening unless you have excellent communication with the other parents, but you should plan for extra guests just in case.
And that brings us to the invitation. Some parents want to buy elaborate, custom-printed invitations for their child’s birthday party but that’s really not necessary. Instead, you can simply use fill-in-the-blank invitations that match your theme. You’ll have plenty of time to spend a fortune on invitations when you’re planning your teenager’s birthday party.
When you buy the invitations, make sure to also pick up some thank you cards your child can fill out and send to all of the guests. It’s a good habit for him or her to get into early.