Planning any birthday party can be a difficult task, but when it’s your child and they have all their individual needs and wants, it can be even more difficult than planning an adult’s party. At least with adult parties everybody is able to look after themselves, but when it comes to children, you might need to be much more conscientious about what is going on and make sure that all the right things are in order. If you’re planning a birthday party for your child, here are some of the things you should bear in mind.
- Think about how many children to invite
You don’t want to go overboard and have too many people at the party, but you don’t want to leave out some of your child’s best friends either. Depending on the age of your child, you can ask them who their best friends are and tell them they can invite 10-12 friends to the party. It’s unlikely that they have more friends than this, but depending on the size of the school and the classroom, they might want to invite the entire class.
- Prepare in advance
You might need to buy party decorations and other items for the day in advance – you don’t want to turn up to the shops on the day and find that everything is sold out. You can prepare better by purchasing some things in advance – this will help you to feel less stressed when the party comes around and it could also save you a bit of money too.
- Check dietary requirements
You should contact all the parents of the children who are invited to the party and ask them if their kids have any dietary requirements. This is something that children won’t tell you – most of the time even if they know about their allergies they won’t think to mention it and might even think about having the food as some kind of novelty.
- Do you need the parents?
Depending on the ages of the children who have been invited and how much work you are prepared to take on or how much extra help you have at the party, you might want to consider inviting the parents as well or specifically requesting that the parents come along to the party too. This will help you to not get stressed out during the party and enjoy yourself as well as giving everyone else a great time.
- Does the date work for everyone?
A weekend is always a good time for a party, unless it’s during long school holidays where most people might be abroad or travelling with their families. Avoid having a party during the day or too late in the evening – this will put people off letting their children go to the party and will ruin the atmosphere and could upset your child if their best friends aren’t able to come. Speak to the parents beforehand to figure out some potential good dates.