Every Dad wants to impress their children and give them a birthday party to remember. When you’re little, you look forward to that special day for weeks. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure that it lives up to expectations, and you celebrate in style. If you’re looking for inspiration for your child’s next birthday, here are some top hosting tips.
Choosing a venue
Before you can start sending out invites, you need to find a venue. There are loads of different options out there to explore. Set a budget, and bear numbers in mind. The cheapest option may be to host a party at home. However, it’s wise to think about the party size and the weather if you’re doing this. In the summer, it’s a great idea to get out into the garden. But if you’re hosting in winter, it may get a little cramped. If having a party at home isn’t an option, consider other venues. What do your kids like doing? Where do they always ask to go at the weekends? You can book parties at the local pool, the bowling alley or the cinema. You could hire out a community centre, book tables at an American diner or go to an indoor play area.
Do some research online, and make some calls. Take a tour around your favourites, and compare prices and packages. When you’ve got all the information in front of you, you should be able to make a decision.
Choosing a theme
Most kids love themed parties. When they’re young, they usually have specific interests and hobbies. Channel these to come up with the perfect theme for your child’s big bash. Do they like superheroes or are they mad about sport? Do they spend all their time dressing up or are they crazy about animals? You can use decorations, tableware and fancy dress to bring your theme to life.
Sending out invites
A party’s not a party without guests. Once you’ve got a date and venue, let people know. Get a list of names from your child and take invitations to school or nursery. Make sure you put your number or email address down so that people can RSVP. If you’ve got a theme, include details of the dress code on the invitation.
You want your child’s party to be fun from start to finish. Think about what kind of entertainment they would like, and who’s going to provide it. It can be tricky to keep a group of youngsters amused for a period of time. To save yourself stress, consider hiring professionals like children’s entertainers from Pickle Pie. Activities like balloon modelling, magic tricks, and party games always go down a treat.
Decorating the venue
In some cases, you won’t need to do much decorating. However, if you’ve booked a village hall or something similar you’ve got a blank canvas. Use your theme to choose suitable decorations, and be creative. Hang bunting or banners. Blow up some balloons. Cover tables with cloths, and buy matching plates, napkins, and cups. Give yourself plenty of time to get the job done. You don’t want to be rushing. Ask friends and family to lend a hand. Make your party extra special by adding a few personal touches. You could order bespoke banners with your child’s name and age, for example.
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No party is complete without food and drink. If you haven’t got catering included in your party package, a buffet is a great idea. You can put together a sumptuous feast that includes all your child’s favourite foods. If you’re feeling creative, you’ll find some amazing child-friendly ideas online. You could make stick people out of celery or caterpillars out of strawberries and grapes. Make sure you ask parents to provide details of any dietary requirements or allergies before the party. Order a cake from a local bakery, or ask talented bakers in the family to volunteer their skills
You want to send every child home with a big smile, and party bags are a surefire way to achieve this goal. You don’t need to spend a fortune to put together a bag of goodies. Bulk buy some small toys and add a bag of sweets and a slice of cake.
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Nothing will earn you Dad points like putting on an amazing birthday party. Is your child counting down the days until they reach that next milestone? If so, hopefully, these tips will help you to organise the party of the year. Good luck!