Children spark many changes in their parents' lives. In addition to taking responsibility for their youngsters' health, parents and caregivers are tasked with doing their best to provide for their children's happiness.
Successful kids' parties can contribute to children's happiness. Savvy adults can adhere to these strategies to make kids' parties successful.
Aim for fun, not perfection
Recognizing that the fun kids will have does not directly correlate to how extravagant a party may be can help parents avoid unnecessary party elements that kids may not even notice or appreciate. Though it's a simple formula, parents may find that food+cake+activity equals success.
Choose a theme
A theme can serve to organize a party by tying all aspects of the festivities together. For example, a luau party means Hawaiian leis, hibiscus flower garlands, grass skirts, and fruit-infused foods. That helps celebrants know what to wear and what to expect come meal time. Many of the elements will fall into place once a theme is chosen, and there's a good chance party stores may already have pre-packaged or pre-grouped party essentials that fit the chosen theme.
Keep guest lists to a minimum, especially if peers from school or other youngsters are invited. Generally speaking, the younger the crowd, the smaller the guest list. A small guest list reduces the likelihood of meltdowns, excitability and the number of well-meaning parental chaperones who will want to stay and watch over their kids. Parties that are too large can be overwhelming for the guest of honor, too. Popular party location vendor iPlayAmerica suggests following the "age plus one" guideline. According to this approach, if the child is turning 5, invite 6 kids.
Stick to a certain time and time limit
First, select a time of day when children will be rested and able to enjoy the entire party. Many party planning experts say that a party between 90 minutes and two hours is adequate. Anything longer than that and kids' attention may start to wane. Especially young children may benefit from even shorter parties. Children can become acclimated, play and eat food and treats within this time. An exception to the rule may be a pool party or one that has another predetermined activity, such as ice skating or bowling.
Kids' parties are an entertaining way for friends and family to come together to celebrate milestones. Keeping them simple and organized are keys to successful parties.