Planning Your Children's Birthday Party

Planning a children's birthday party can be lots of fun, especially when it is done well in advance. This article will show you the steps to planning a great party.

A child's birthday party can be lots of fun. Children just love to celebrate their special day. Make it a success by planning the party well in advance. If you have everything ready for the day of the party, you will spend less time running around at the actual event and more time enjoying the smile on your child's face.

1. The first step to a great party is to decide how many children you will invite and where you will hold the party. It is important to make sure the location of the party will be able to accommodate the number of children you plan to invite as well as enough room for the activities they will do.

2. Decide when the party will be held.

3. The next step is to choose a theme (if desired)and to write invitations. Send out the invitations at least two to three weeks before the party. Choose a deadline for people to call and let you know if they will attend or not. (Be sure your phone number is on the invitations)

4. Decide which games you will do with the children. You can invent some to go along with the theme of your party, or play traditional games such as Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Purchase all or make all the necessary materials for each game. Buy prizes (if desired) well in advance.

5. Order the cake well in advance to avoid disappointment, or make the cake a day or two in advance.

6. Decide what type of food you would like at the party. Make it the day before if possible and simply reheat it on the day of the party or choose foods that do not require heating. Some treats can be made a week in advance and then frozen.

7. If you are going to make loot bags, make them well in advance.

8. Decorate the day before the party. Reserve one table for the party food. Have all the materials for each game ready on a table as well so you will not have to go searching for them. Set out the materials for the games in the order that you wish to play them so you will not have to decide on the spur of the moment during the party.

9. Make some extra food, loot bags, etc. You never know....someone who did not call to say if they were coming or not might show up anyway. Or, someone might have a big appetite. It doesn't hurt to be prepared.

*Here are a few ideas for games:

Pin The Tail On The Donkey

Piñata

Musical Chairs (requires a lot of room)

Duck Duck Goose

Simon Says

*Here are some ideas for things to put in loot bags: (keep in mind the items have to be age appropriate)

lollipops

small puzzles

whistle

small chocolates or chocolate coins

small toys

colourful pencils or pencil toppers

Have fun at the party!

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