A birthday party can be a very important time for a child. It’s an event that’s more or less completely devoted to him or her. People attend the event in order to see your son. Or your daughter knows that the food, decorations and more have been prepared because it’s her special day. This is a big deal because for all the other days of the year, your kid has to compete for attention with the rest of the family members, or other people. But when it’s your kid’s birthday, he or she knows that at least for that one day, your kid will be the focus of attention.
Since a birthday party is such an important event, it’s important to make it count. When you stop to think about it, you can see that you could technically have the rest of the year to prepare for the event. But you’ll only have one day to execute it. If things go well, then you’ve created something lovely and memorable for your child. But if it isn’t executed properly, then you’ll have to wait for another long year before you can try again. So in line with that, here are ten tips for you to consider, as you try to plan out your kid’s birthday party.
First birthday tip: Delegate what you can.
There will be a lot going on during the hours of the birthday party, and you’re just one person. Even if you want to micromanage the affair, there’s a good chance that you’re not going to be able to supervise everything well. That’s why you should look for things that you can delegate to responsible individuals or groups. So for example, consider whether it would be best to have the party catered. That way, you won’t need to worry about food as much.
Second birthday tip: Be there for your kid.
This goes hand in hand with the first bit of advice. There’s a good chance that your son or daughter will want to be able to have you somewhere nearby, during the party. Also, you’ll want to be able see if your kid is enjoying himself or herself. Don’t spend all your time in the kitchen or your home office.
Third birthday tip: Hire an official photographer if you can.
Or assign a good friend or relative to take pictures. There will be a lot of interesting things happening. You’ll want to make sure that it’s captured for people to appreciate even after the party.
Fourth birthday tip: Find out what kind of food your kid wants.
After all, the day is about him or her. So try to make sure that some of the favorite foods of your kid are on the menu.
Fifth birthday tip: Choose a good theme.
This doesn’t mean that you should go crazy with costumes and decorations. After all, you don’t want to go overboard. But having a consistent and subtle theme, ideally one that is linked to your kid, can help to make the event seem more polished. Check online for ideas for such themes.
Sixth birthday tip: Put the phone down, and encourage others to do the same.
It isn’t enough to be physically present. Make sure that work isn’t capturing all your attention through your phone or tablet. You can also tell your guests that there will be an official photographer, so they don’t feel the need to take pictures with their phones.
Seventh birthday tip: Plan useful party favors for other kids.
You might want to have little loot bags for the other younger ones. This can be a useful and practical thing to do, if you put a few small toys inside. This will give the kids something of their own to play with. So there’s less chance of kids fighting over toys at the party, children squealing or throwing tantrums, or less jealousy over the gifts that your kid gets.
Eighth birthday tip: Choose a good, decorative cake.
Remember that the cake isn’t just for eating. It’s also something decorative to show your child that his or her birthday is special. So make sure that it both tastes and looks the part.
Ninth birthday tip: Invite the right people.
If there is a kid who is a bully or a jerk to other kids, don’t invite him or her. Talk to your child about which friends and relatives he or she would like to invite. At the same time, do invite your own close friends and relatives, as a way of showing them that you want them to share in this part of your life.
Tenth birthday tip: Plan it out well in advance.
You don’t want to be putting out figurative fires, or running around confused on the day of the party. So don’t procrastinate, and don’t leave things until the last second. If you plan it well, you’ll be more relaxed and able to enjoy yourself on the day of the celebration.