Your little one means the world to you and so you want to pull out all the stops when it comes to planning their birthday parties. The problem is that you can start to panic when you think about all the things that need to come together in order to throw a truly brilliant kids’ party.
Well, you don’t need to worry. If you get the fundamentals right, the rest falls into place. And, to help you with those fundamentals, we have a few tips for you to add to the ones we gave you in Part 1 of this look at kids’ parties.
More Tips for Planning a Triumphant Kids’ Party
1. Decide on a Theme
If there are balloons, decorations, and lots of sweets, you can usually be sure that your child will love the party. But, introducing a theme makes it a little more special.
The best thing to do is to plan the party around whatever your child is excited about at the time. If it’s pirates, for example, you could buy balloons featuring your child’s favourite characters, give your child a pirate hat to wear on the day, and send everyone home with a gorgeous little pirate figure in their goody bags.
2. Keep the Menu Fun but Simple
You don’t have to worry about going gourmet when planning food for kids. They are perfectly happy with fun and easy foods like mini hot dogs, pizza puffs, sausage rolls, ice lollies, and lots of sweets and cakes.
Here is a helpful website with dozens of easy recipes for kids’ parties that you can use for some inspiration.
3. Hire an Entertainer or Play Party Games?
This one is really down to you and your budget, and which one you think your child will prefer. Entertainers like clowns, musicians, and magicians are usually huge hits with the kids, but don’t underestimate the power of simple games like hide-and-seek, pass-the-parcel, and musical chairs.
But, while both options can be fun, be sure to plan them well in advance. You need to book entertainers as soon as possible, and add all of the trinkets you need for the games to your shopping list weeks before the party.
4. Open Presents at the Right Time
Having everyone gather around the birthday girl or boy to watch them open presents is a nice way to end off the party. However, it can become awkward if your little one isn’t shy about voicing any displeasure with the gifts.
Because of this, it is a nice idea to wait until everyone has gone home before you start unwrapping the presents. But, if you do choose this route, remember to send everyone ‘thank you’ notes for the gifts.
These don’t have to be physical cards; it’s the gesture that counts. You can get free electronic thank you cards here.
Planning Kids’ Parties with Cottage Toys
Hopefully these tips help you with the activities and decorations for your upcoming party, but don’t think we’ve forgotten about the all-important presents.
Whether it’s toys for the birthday munchkin or for the goody bags, we have you covered. With oodles of fantastic wooden toys, soft toys, kitchens, workbenches, garages, and more, we have absolutely everything you and your little one could desire.
With the above tips making the planning process a dream, and our beautiful range of toys making present-shopping a breeze, you won’t know what to do with all your free time leading up to the party!
The CT Team x