How to Throw a Fantastic Kids Birthday Party
Children take their birthdays very seriously, and are very disappointed if theirare not wonderful. Throwing a spectacular can sometimes seem like a task that requires an event planner. But with the proper , a little hard work and a lot of creativity, you can throw a party that the kids will love!
Before you let your inner party planner take over, make sure that you consult with the birthday boy or girl, unless of course the party is going to be a surprise. Kids have their own ideas of what makes a party fun, and if the kids don't have a good time the party is a bust. Discuss possible, , food, and with them to ensure everything is to their liking. If you are planning a surprise party you can ask siblings or friends for ideas and opinions. Be careful no one spills the beans though.
Theme Party Ideas A successful kids birthday party starts off with a great theme. There are many great party themes you can choose from, everything from your child's favorite toy to their favorite movie genre. The possibilities are endless and a good theme can really help pull your entire party together.
Some possible party theme ideas:
- Their Favorite Cartoon characters
- Toys (Bratz, Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc)
Once you have chosen your perfect theme, planning out a kids birthday party becomes much easier. Do your best to make sure that everything from the decorations to the food tie into the theme. For instance, if you are throwing atheme party get theme , and serve up barbecued burgers, chili, and hot dogs. As you can give each little guests their own cowboy or to wear. Make sure the birthday boy or girl's hat is slightly more spectacular than the other children's.
Fun Games and Activitiesare a very important part of any child's birthday party. Games should be fun and should get everyone involved. Offering some small prizes to the winner of each game is also a great idea for the kids. Have a fun variety of games, some that require the kids to get active and some that requires them to use their heads or hands like .
Some fun kid's games include:
- Musical chairs
- Pin the tail on the donkey (this can be tied into your party theme, for example if your theme is Princess you could have pin the tiara on the Princess)
- Relay races (you can have lots of fun with this and get the kids to do everything from run a course with an apple stuck between their legs to three legged races)
- Craft Kits(you can easily find craft kits that can tie into your theme many come with enough to make 12 items all in one craft kit)
- Pinata (filled with candy of course)
Favors are one of the best parts for children at a birthday party. They love getting little gifts of their own to take home with them and play with. You don't need to get carried away when it comes to party favors. Try and get some favors to go along with your theme if possible. If you are having a tea party theme give the girls tea party hats as they arrive and a bag full of fun costume jewelry and make-up. Oversized rings, nail polish, and lip gloss are all fun and inexpensive ideas. More general favor ideas include pencil and eraser sets, notepads, and lollipops.
Party Food and Treats Party food is an important part of any great kids birthday party. Depending on how long the party is, you'll probably want to offer a lunch or dinner as well as snack and treats throughout the day. Most kids don't have pretty simple tastes so you don't need to go overboard with a gourmet meal. Simple is usually better when it comes to kids.
Keep your snacks standard. Candy, chips, and pop will be fine, there is no need to add any fancy appetizers to the mix since they will probably not be eaten. However, adding a veggie and fruit plate is always a good idea since even kids can get sick of the sweet stuff. Be sure to have plenty of beverages on hand, and to save your sanity try and avoid caffeinated pops. Juice boxes work great and don't spill.
As for food, stick with simple dishes such as pizza, burgers, and hotdogs. These items are easy to prepare (or order) and no doubt be a hit with the kids. Before planning your menu check to see if any of the children have food allergies or special dietary needs. Most parents whose kids have serious allergies such as peanuts will probably let you know as soon as the invitation is accepted. However, if you've got a little vegetarian in the group the last thing you want to do is serve them a hamburger or hotdog.
The birthday cake is one of the absolute most important parts of the party. Everyone loves to see what type of creative cake will be presented and how many candles the birthday boy or girl can blow out. If your baking skills consists of adding eggs and water to a package mix, fear not. While a package cake will still be a hit with the kids, there are plenty of bakeries that can create any cake you desire. For instance, if you're going with a soccer sports theme, you can get a delicious cake of any type shaped like a soccer ball. The kids will love it, and it saves you time as well. Make sure you know the birthday boy or girl's favorite flavor before you order.
While planning a birthday party can be a difficult and time consuming task, all the hard work will be worth it when you see how much fun all the kids have. Birthday parties are huge occasion for kids, and the more special you can make it the better.