Birthdays are special times for any child. It is an opportunity for them to feel special and be the centre of attention for the day. As such, a birthday party provides a perfect opportunity for your child to celebrate with their friends and close family. However, children’s birthday parties can quickly become hectic environments that leave you with a pounding migraine. To help you prepare for the big day so that you enjoy it as much as your child and their guests, here are some essentials for planning your child’s birthday party.
Come up with a theme
Themed birthday parties can add a lot of fun to your child’s special day and make for a party that will be remembered for years to come. Choose a theme that your child is a particular fan of – it could be football, mermaids, or a particular popular cartoon. Once you and your child have decided on the theme, you can go ahead and shop for party accessories that fit with this theme, such as invitations, cups and saucers, and napkins. You could even consider decorations and games to fit with the theme. For instance, host a penalty shoot out for a football party, and creating your own mermaid lagoon in your back garden for a mermaid party.
Food and drink
Food and drink are a massively important element of kids’ birthday parties and usually mean an opportunity for a few treats. However, you should aim to keep party food as wholesome as possible – kids can all too easily become hyperactive after too much sugar. Prepare a salad to make sure that guests are getting their greens, then supplement this with tasty finger foods like pizza and sausage rolls. Remember to ask about dietary requirements beforehand to ensure that you can prepare something tasty that every child can eat.
It’s a nice idea to hand guests a party bag before they leave as a thank you for attending. Fill party bags with small toys, sweets, and a slice of birthday cake, as well as a note thanking them for coming. A Turkish Delight makes a great sweet addition to a party bag as they come in small cubes and a variety of flavours. Look for small, inexpensive toys like yoyos, rubber balls, and keyrings to add to your party bags, and your guests will be thrilled.
Perhaps the most important part of any birthday party, take extra consideration when choosing a cake for your child. If you are hosting a themed party, look for a cake that fits this theme, such as one in the shape of a football. Alternatively, you could personalise your cake with your child’s name and age to make it extra special. Consider fillings carefully. A traditional fruit cake, for instance, is often too rich for children’s tastes. Sponge and buttercream, or chocolate, are usually sure-fire favourites. You should also take into consideration any dietary requirements to make sure every guest can enjoy a slice of birthday cake.