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Top tips for organising children’s parties

As all parents know, organising a kid’s party can be a nightmare, and I am not referring to the mess you must clear up after the party ends. No, I mean knowing where to start. As a dad to an 8-year-old jumper, a 5-year-old princess and having been CEO of a small company with over 300 parties in our clients’ book, I can give a little advice.

So, this is a guide to where to start and how to finish a party of dreams.

  1. Ask your child to help with the invitation list. Always have an idea of how many kids you are planning to invite, this is important as it will determine where the party can take place. Having a party at home sometimes seems more cost effective and easier than using a hall or public space but always take into consideration potential for damage to your carpets, furniture etc.
  2. Decide what the party theme is. All kids have an idea of what their ideal party should be so ask them. Party themes are sometimes a reflection of the kid having the party, from princess theme to dinosaurs’ theme, from relaxed tea party to laser tag party. Once you know this information, everything else falls into place. The best options are always to hire rather than buy for convenience, storage, and cost.
  3. Get creative, go online, and look for ideas around the party themed, this can save you money with DIY tips on decorations, as well as give you more focus on what is right for your kid’s party. Get your kid involved, it will create the party mood long before the party day.
  4. Plan with your kid, what games and activity should take place on the day, you can make a program for yourself to guide you. Remember it’s a guide, the focus should always be the guest and your child having a good time. Aim to get at least 75% of the activities/ games completed (mainly for your sense of achievement).
  5. If you are using a party entertainer or booking with a company, make sure you discuss everything you can with them, get all the details including times, processes, and charges. You don’t want surprises on the day, well not one that has a negative effect. Good communication will make the day go much smoother.
  6. Don’t make the most common mistake, preparing too much food. Yes, no party should run out of food before it gets going, but then not many people come to parties to eat a lot. For most kids eating at a party take time away from having fun, so they avoid food where possible.
  7. Party gift bags sometimes cost more than the entire cost of organising the party, for most kids, it something that they can take home that would not normally be at home. Keep it simple, age appropriate and fun.
  8. Thank your guest for coming, this can be just before they start leaving, get your kid involved too. This makes them feel special, centre of attention.

To end, remember planning anything is stressful, but the key to a great party is for you to appear to have enjoyed it too, don’t stay in the background, get out and have fun with the kids.

Oh yes, and take lots of pictures, all kids like to remember the little details they may have missed on the day.

Written by Lucky Ade, WhyBuy Retail Manager.

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