Birthday Parties: Party Planning
Party Planning: Birthday Parties For Kids
Don’t let the thought of planning your child’s next birthday party intimidate you. A birthday party is supposed to be fun. So why can’t the planning process be enjoyable too?
While planning your party, the first thing you want to consider is what you can afford. Determine your budget and stick with it throughout the entire process. You may want to set aside some money for those last minute, great ideas (you have been warned).
The next question to ask yourself is whether you want the party at home or at a second location. If you despise a messy home or your time is limited, you may want to choose an off-site location. There are many places to have a fun birthday party. Depending on the budget you created you may want to consider mini golf, go karts, a batting cage, or an arcade. Many locations provide food and a party coordinator, significantly decreasing your party planning duties.
If you are a party planning maverick, or you are on a fixed budget, then a birthday party at home may be perfect for you. Be prepared to plan the day’s games and entertainment. Classic games like pin-the-tail on the donkey never fail (depending on your child’s age of course). If you want to incorporate arts and crafts, how about having each child decorate their own treat bag? For more birthday game ideas and activities, talk to other parents or search the web.
Keep the food simple and inexpensive when designing your own menu. Buy in bulk. Purchase plenty of snacks, and make the main courses yourself if time and talent allow. Use the food that you have in your own cupboards – that applies to decorations as well. Also, be considerate and plan around any food allergies.
You will need invitations whether you decide to host the birthday party or go to another location like an arcade. You can write the invitations yourself or buy them from a party supply store. Also take advantage of online invitations. Design the invitations with the help of the birthday boy or girl. You and your child can hand deliver each invitation to save money on postage. At this time, you should also determine the birthday party theme as well as how many guests you will be inviting. For a young audience, do not forget to invite parents; they are a great source for additional help during the birthday party.
Once the party is planned it becomes a matter of survival. Remember to be flexible. Guests might arrive early or late. You will be exhausted. Spills will happen (as may tears). Do not let the party go too long. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy making new memories with your child! If you are looking for a great place to host a birthday party, call Zuma Fun Center. Visit our website for locations & phone numbers at http://zumafuncenters.com