Top tips for a stress-free children’s party
There’s no need to dread organising a birthday party for your little one this year as we’ve compiled some top tips from our mummy panel that take all the stress out of party planning.
So if you want some easy yet effective ways to keep the kids entertained all day, read our full guide to make sure you’re in control when the chaos begins!
1 - Enlist happy helpers
Rope in as many helpers as you can, as the mum of the birthday boy or girl, you’ll be rushing around all day so get someone else to act as second-in-command just in case you have any problems. And having a back-up should help lessen the pressure and ensures you’ll have enough time to have a cup of tea, or cheeky glass of wine and take some all-important photos.
2 – Create lasting party favours
For party favours with a difference, get the kids to make their own. We love Interplay’s Craft Party which contains all kids need to make their own toys and trinkets so each guest has a gift to take home. They’re also a great way to get guests all sitting down and settled which gives you some time for some last-minute food preparation.
3 – Food should be simple
With food we think the simpler the better. There’s nothing worse than trying to make fancy cuisine for kids who just want party food. Try buying readymade frozen party packs from supermarkets for something hot. You can supplement this with sandwiches, veggie crudités and fruit salad for a healthy snack too - just don’t let them see the treats until the fruit and veg has been eaten!
4 – Ready, steady, bake!
If the kids are making their own party favours, why not go the whole hog and get them to make their own treats too. Get the kids into the kitchen and help them bake and decorate their own fairy cakes for a fun and different activity. But make sure you have enough for two each as they won’t want to wait until they’re home to eat them!
5 – The good old favourites
Don’t forget the classic party games which are old favourites for a reason. They’re cheap and simple to set up and a great way to get kids of all ages involved. Our top picks are musical statues, pin the tail on the donkey and pass the parcel. A treasure hunt takes a little more planning and is perfect for older children who will love deciphering the cryptic clues to unearth treasures like gold chocolate coins and sweetie rings and necklaces.
And if you’re going to a party, here's a few other dos and don’ts:
1 - Do make sure you RSVP.
2 - Do ensure you’re not late to pick you little ones up. The host will be eager to clean up and relax.
3 - Don't spend too much on the birthday gift. No matter how much you like the parent of the child there's an unwritten rule about spending on presents - too much could put the recipients’ parents in an awkward position.
4 - Consider your present wisely. Would the parent approve?
5 - Don't hang around unless invited to. The last thing the parents want is to feel watched. If your child is resistant to stay without you, then ensure it’s ok first to stay a little longer with the parents.
Do you have any top tips for throwing a stress-free kids party? Share them with other mums by leaving a comment below.
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