A kiddie party doesn’t always have to be extravagant. Your kids will remember more about how they have enjoyed their day rather than how much you have spent on the cake and food. The same goes for your guests. Your priority is for everyone to have fun, and not to make the kiddie party look like a page out of Pinterest.
You can hire an event coordinator in Utah to throw the perfect bash. But you can also do it on your own, provided you ask for help from your partner, a couple of friends, and your family, of course. Everyone needs help, especially when it comes to throwing a kiddie party that everyone—the young and the adults—will love and remember.
Don’t Mess with Nap Time
Timing is everything when it comes to kiddie parties. As a general rule, you either have to schedule the party before 1 PM or after 3 PM. Don’t mess with the 1 PM to 3 PM period when kids usually nap. If you schedule a party around that time, prepare to deal with a sleeping birthday boy or girl, or worse, a cranky one. Cranky kids will ruin the vibes of the whole party. It’s a waste of everyone’s time to listen to kids throwing tantrums everywhere.
Mind the Guests
Who is coming to the party? Adults need a buffet table of their own where they will be served real food (not fried chicken, spaghetti, nuggets, pizza, and cake). You may want to serve your adult guests some canapes to munch on, as well as mimosas for a more fun vibe. The kids, meanwhile, should have their fill of pizza, pasta, and chicken, as well as ice cream, cupcakes, and lollipops. Make sure that there’s a place where the adults can speak and mingle, while a separate zone for kiddie games should be a priority, too.
Avoid Themed Parties
Themed parties are expensive because you will be forced to buy everything branded. Your loot bags will be filled with themed items. The cake will be in the shape of a Disney character, for example. Explain to your kids that themed parties are expensive and that you would rather spend the money buying something that they have been wishing for.
Manage the Gifts
If you think your kids have too many toys, suggest that your guests bring something educational, like a book. You may also let them know that gift certificates will be appreciated so that your kids can choose what they want for themselves. Afraid that this looks a little demanding? Don’t worry. Guests like being told what to give a birthday celebrant. This takes away the stress of having to think of what to bring to the party.
Prepare Your Kids
Some kids are not prepared for the number of people they are going to see during the party. Prepare your kids by talking to them about behaving during the party and not throwing a tantrum because someone says hi to them. If you have a one-year-old who gets scared easily, don’t hand your kid over to a guest just to free yourself from having to carry your kid. Make sure that your child is comfortable enough before letting him or her mingle.
Throwing a kiddie party is usually a stressful activity for any parent. It doesn’t have to be. Remember that you’re doing this for your kid. It may not be perfect, but the goal is for everyone to have fun. As long as you throw the right mix of people with good music and food, you shouldn’t worry too much about your party’s overall success.