Kids Birthday Party Ideas
I used to think that throwing a cool kids birthday party meant either spending a fortune to have the party at a popular location or spending hours planning lots of games and activities for home. The truth is that a fabulous birthday party does not have to be that difficult.
When it comes to throwing a birthday party, my advice is to keep it simple. Kids will have just as much fun with a couple of inexpensive activities and they will never know (or care) how much money you spent (or didn’t spend).
Choose a couple of activities that the kids can do on their own. Things like coloring pages for younger ones or a simple craft project for older kids work well. When the party guests arrive, invite them to participate in the projects at their leisure. If they want to do it they will. If not they won’t. The point is that you will not have to be stuck overseeing anything and can attend to whatever else you need to.
A pinatta is always a fun birthday activity for children of all ages. Pull string pinattas have taken the place of swinging a bat for smaller children. Instead of taking turns, my son always invites his friends to all grab a string and pull on the count of 3. This way, nobody feels badly that they were not the one to break open the pinatta.
Birthday Party Food
Another challenge can be the food. It is easy to get carried away preparing food for a child’s birthday party. You may think things like…
- you can’t serve the same thing as last year,
- you have to have a variety to suit different tastes and
- you have to have food to appeal to the adults as well as the kids.
This kind of thinking truly just over complicates things. It’s a kids birthday party. It is okay to cater to the kids. Nobody will be expecting gourmet cuisine.
Pizza, salad, chips and cake will go over great with the kids and make it easy on you. Foods like this are a perfect choice for a kids birthday party, even if it is the same thing you served last year.
You don’t even have to leave your house to buy all of your party supplies. From invitations through thank-you cards and everything in between. You can get it all with the click of a mouse.
Another huge time-saver that I have discovered is Birthday in a Box. Birthday in a Box seems like it was made for parents trying to save their own sanity while planning a great birthday party for their child. It has worked for me and I know it will work for you too. Find out why I love it.
Here is a checklist to get you started planning and hosting the perfect birthday party at home…
Before the Party
- Pick a theme based on the birthday child’s interests.
- When sending the invitations be sure to state a start time and an end time for the party.
- Decide upon the party area. Good choices would be your backyard, your finished basement or your child’s play room.
- Purchase decorations and supplies based on the chosen theme.
- Set up a table and chairs for the kids to eat in the party area. A tablecloth matching the party theme makes the table look fun and festive.
- Set up a table or two with age-appropriate craft projects.
- If your party will be hosted in an area where your child’s toys will be available for party guests to play with, be sure to put away any special or fragile toys that your child would not want to have accidentally damaged.
When the Party Starts
- When the children arrive, show them to the party area. Introduce the craft project and invite them to do it at their leisure.
- Show the adults to the area you have set aside for them to gather and enjoy the party.
- Let the kids play for a little while and then serve the food and cake.
- Open gifts after the cake is finished. Be sure to enlist somebody to write inside each card what gift was given to make thank you notes more personalized.
- Try to time it so that the kids will have about 15 more minutes to play before the end of the party.
- If you need to suggest that the party is over, begin cleaning up at the stated end time for the party. Parents should get the hint that the party has ended and begin rounding up their children to take them home.
I love to entertain for any occasion and I like my guests to feel comfortable and to have a good time.
In the past I have planned my son’s birthday parties, not only for the kids, but for the adults as well. I have learned, though, that a kids birthday party is just that…..a party for the kids so I have started planning just for the kids and I have found this to be a great way to throw a successful kids birthday party.
My son has a blast at his parties and your kids will too.
I hope your next kids birthday party is a huge success!