Planning a party for kids is different from planning an adult party. Kids’ parties take a bit of thought in order to avoid chaos, unhappy children and a destroyed house! But with some careful planning and organization, you can give a holiday Christmas party that will delight your young guests.
Make invitations simple
Simple invitations that most of your guests can read themselves will help generate excitement. There are many invitations with themes suitable for children available at MyExpression.com. You’ll find invitations that you can print with your own wording so that you can make your invitations unique to your party.
Keep it short
Children’s parties should be about two hours in length. This helps keep the children from getting bored and tired. If you’ll have very young guests who may still take naps, consider this when choosing the time of your party. A bunch of three year olds who are overdue for their naps are no fun for anyone.
Consider the age group
Try to have guests within the same age range. If this is impossible, because, for example, you’re hosting a Christmas party for all of the children in your neighborhood, you’ll need to plan several different activities so that you have at least one thing that appeals to each age group.
Keep it structured
This is the most important rule, unless your guests are teens. A structured party keeps the attention of your guests and avoids children roaming your house at random. Let’s say your party is from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. You might consider having a craft or other sit down activity from 2:00-2:30, refreshments from 2:30-3:15 and Christmas carols, or a visit from Santa from 3:15-4:00. In nice weather, some outside playtime is a great idea, but this may not work some parts of the country.
Plan your menu carefully
It can be very tempting to serve a lot of sweets during the holidays, but it’s wise to avoid this at a children’s party. Parents will appreciate it if you offer fruits, vegetables and cheese and crackers. Popcorn is also a healthy crowd pleaser. Limit them to one dessert item, such as a plate of holiday cookies and perhaps a treat bag to take home.
Make it fun
Plan an activity that will keep your little guests occupied and that will give them something to take home or enjoy at the party. You can make and decorate marshmallow snowmen (connect large marshmallows with toothpicks and use other small candies to decorate), or decorate bags that your guests can use for gift bags. All you need for this craft is plain white bags with handles, along with stickers, markers, and ribbon for decorations.
Christmas parties for children are a wonderful way to bring some childlike holiday spirit into your own life. The wonder of Christmas to a child is always a delight for adults. This year, give a party that will make the children in your life enjoy this special holiday even more and that will help you see this time of year through the eyes of a child.