Planning a Child’s Party
Your child’s birthday is months away but you want to get a head start on things because planning a party in the middle of holiday festivities makes for a hectic household and a burned out Mommy. So where to start?
First thing is first: Choose a theme. This can be an easy task if your child is older and can tell you what they like by giving not so subtle hints. You know how children are. 🙂 But what if your child is younger and does not have favorites just yet. Or – even more pressure – this is their first birthday party! In the case of a younger child, consider creating a theme around a nickname you call your baby or reach back to the theme you used for the baby shower.
Before we move on to decorations it is time to set a budget for the party for the apple of your eye. Budgets are very important, as they will determine just how extravagant the party will be or how creative you will soon become. You may choose to set an overall budget for the party and go from there. You may also chose to create sub-category budgets for different aspects of the party. Food, décor, games, and cake, for example, may be aspects that you deem important for the party
Once you have chosen a theme and determined a budget, it is time to start thinking about the kind of decorations you will use to transform the venue. Whether it be a home, the neighborhood park, or a ballroom at a swanky hotel, décor can make or break a good party. If you have chosen a popular theme, finding decorations or ideas for décor should be an easy task. Whether you have chosen to create your own theme or you are using a popular one, search the boards of Pinterest to find ideas for your baby’s birthday that are not likely to be seen at the next party they attend. Consider making as much of the décor as you can. This will add a uniqueness to the party as well as save on costs. Also, try creating items that represent your child.
Consider the extra-curricular activities they are involved in or their favorite games to play and incorporate them into the theme of the party. You may also find it resourceful to create décor items your child will be able to use after the party is over.
Placing a train around the desserts at a Thomas the Train themed party is a clever way to decorate the dessert table and keep little fingers out of the cake until the appointed time. It will also double as a toy for your child to play with are the celebration. You may also chose to use or create wall decorations that can be used to decorate your child’s room.
In keeping with your theme, encourage invited guests to dress as their favorite character from the theme or to wear colors used in the décor.
Food and dessert are next on the list to tackle. Surely, you cannot invite a gaggle of children and not feed them. That is one way to end a party instantly. With children, they are easy to please, for the most part so serving simple to assemble and easy to consume foods is your best bet. Think: burgers, hotdogs, pizza, fruit, etc. but try to make them fun. Cut the food items into different shapes, party themed of course. Come up with ways to make these ordinary food items exciting for the children. You may allow them to make their own pizzas using “weird foods” that a character from the party theme may eat. For example, Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs or green eggs and ham at a Dr. Seuss themed party. You may also chose to create cute ways to display/serve the food.
The dessert is the piece de résistance. Again, thinking outside of the box is always encouraged. Incorporate your child’s favorite activities, interests of the overall party theme into the design of the cake. Some themes may make this harder than others may be but therein lies the fun of it all! And remember, it is just as important for it to taste good as it is for it to look good!
Have fun and Happy Planning!