Your child’s birthday is coming up and you know that they deserve the best party ever. Who better to organize this than their parent? You’re probably aiming to reach, or even exceed your child’s birthday expectations. The presents are only the beginning. However, you need to figure out how to organize the whole thing without it becoming a huge mess. Kids are pretty hectic, after all. Here are some of the first steps you need to take to make a great birthday party.
1. Figure out your budget
Children’s birthday parties aren’t all that expensive most of the time. However, not planning ahead could leave you strapped for cash at the worst moment. Figure out exactly which party elements you need before you start organizing it.
You’re obviously going to need some balloons. It’s a birthday party, after all. Kids love playing with them, and they’re pretty cheap. You can’t have a birthday without a birthday cake, can you? Make sure you get something big enough so that everyone gets a slice. Don’t forget the candles! Every year is special for kids, which means you have to get those numbers on top of the cake.
2. Baby-proof what you can
It’s hard enough keeping your home safe when only your children are inside. Having a whole heap of curious little kids pretty much sounds nightmarish. It doesn’t help that there will be a lot of toys and running around. It’s a recipe for disaster if you don’t danger-proof your home.
Start with all the basics. Covering the outlets would be your first priority. You never know when a child could grab onto something metallic that it shouldn’t so don’t leave it up to chance. Not every room can be child-proof, which is why you’re going to lock them. Alternatively, you could install baby gates to prevent kids from getting in.
3. Get your child involved
While parents obviously know what the best party is going to look like, children don’t always agree with that assessment. Taking everything into your own hands might not sit well with your child or their friends. Kids understand authenticity and they want a children’s birthday party, not an adult’s vision of one.
Ask your child what he or she would like at their birthday. You might get some simple or extraordinary crazy ideas, but you can probably mold them into something fun and realistic. More importantly, you’ll know where to aim your budget. If they think the cake is more important than the games, you should get a better cake. Personalizing the birthday will also make it more memorable and fun for your child.
4. Get the house spotless
Children aren’t especially known for being hygienic. They tend to crawl around and touch random items and then put their hands in their mouths. This disregard for hygiene is increased tenfold when surrounded by other kids. Your home has to be spotless to prevent them from getting too dirty when they play around.
There’s a lot of cleaning to be done when preparing a house for a birthday party. When combined with the work of getting the whole party organized, it might be a little too much. You’re better off finding a local cleaning service while you get busy with the other party tasks. Those birthday invitations aren’t going to write themselves.
5. Prepare tasty and healthy snacks
Birthday snacks are going to be a challenge. Everyone will want something else so you’ll have to be a crowd-pleaser. The simplest solution would be to get some cheap snacks like popcorn and chips, but these options aren’t exactly healthy or nutritious. You want something that will at least be a little bit healthy.
Some small sandwiches would do the trick just fine. They would be dry enough to not make a mess, while still being tasty and healthy. It’s a win-win as you can make tons of them without issue. If you’re short on time, you can make big sandwiches and simply cut them into small portions for the kids to eat.
Planning a kid’s birthday party isn’t all that difficult when you actually get down to it. You just have to look out for the basic problems of regular parties and then just watch out for kid’s shenanigans. If you follow these steps, you’re very likely to end up with a party that your child will remember forever.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.