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Tips On Planning Your Kid’s Party

Planning a kid’s party is definitely not a walk in the park. Unlike adult parties, kiddie parties require more preparation and organizing. The reason why I am saying this is because you will not only be accommodating kids but at the same time adults.

With this in mind, you need to create a party that will both entertain and accommodate both the young crowd and their adult companions. This also means that everything is doubled. The reason behind this is that for one child there will be a minimum of one up to two adults escorting them.

Budget and Theme

A kiddie party is much more expensive compared to a regular adult party. You will have a total of one kid with one or two adults along with them. So better make your budget triple from your original plan which is for just one kid.

The theme of the party will set the whole mood and aura of the party. Make sure to include and prioritize your child’s preference when planning party theme. If they want an underwater themed party or even a robot party, it is your role as parents to make it happen. Remember, this is their party, not yours.

Food and Menu

You have to prepare two set of menus for your guests. Remember that not all kids enjoy “adult food” and vice versa. So make sure that each group will have their own set of meals according to their preference.

Venue and Table Setting

Check your daily weather updates before your book a venue. When my daughter had her first birthday, it was the time of the year when rainy days was more frequent than sunny ones. So I made sure that I chose a venue that can accommodate both rainy and sunny weather.

With regards to the table arrangement, just follow the “kids on this side and adults on this side” method. Kids would just run around and go where ever they want so a seating arrangement would seem useless. As for adults, they can just sit at the back but just make sure that they can easily view their kids.

Program and Games

Make a program that is kid friendly and entertaining for adults at the same time. If you are choosing to hire an emcee, remind them to keep their jokes and spiels wholesome at all times.

Games will also be based on the age groups that are present at the party. You can divide the game into three categories. One for the kids another for the adults and the last category is for both the kids and adults. Be creative and innovative with your games so that everyone can enjoy them.

Gifts and Giveaways

A children’s party will definitely have tons of birthday gifts so make sure you have enough space for it. You can also give some suggestions for gifts before the party to your guests. This is what I did for my daughter’s birthday so that her gifts are exactly what she usually uses and play with.

Giveaways are usually reserved for kids during parties. The most common and versatile option is a loot bag. You can choose what to put in it and at the same time you can decorate it according to the party theme of your kid.

You can also think of giveaways for adults as well if you have a little extra from your budget. You can use cupcakes as giveaways or even rent a photo booth for everyone to enjoy.

This summarizes the basic things you need to consider when planning your kid’s birthday party. From here you can figure out what you need to plan for your kid’s cake, attire, party decoration and many more. Just remember to make it fun, flexible and fantastic for both you, your family, your guests and most importantly, the celebrant.

Fun and Educational Activity Ideas for Kids

As your child grows you need to introduce activities that can help hone and build their intelligence and start their educational exposure at the same time. It is also best to start them as early as you can. But of course, you have to make it fun and entertaining in order for them to enjoy it.

Now that my daughter is almost three, I had a ton of experience when it comes to activity ideas for kids. What I keep in mind with these activities is that it needs to transitions along with your child. It also needs to be flexible and versatile in order to fit your child’s interest and taste.

Here are some ideas that I have done for the past few years that I think seemed to work wonders for my baby girl. Of course, not all children are the same. So use this guide as a stepping stone for your own personalized kiddie activity ideas.

  • Books, Stories and Imagination

I started reading fairy tales stories to my baby girl as soon as she was kicking inside my tummy. This activity is the most versatile and can be used consistently as our child grows up. What you just need to remember is that you need to change your approach on how to execute your story telling.

You can use funny voices, exaggerated pitches and facial expressions to keep your child attentive. This is what I did for my daughter and now she mimics how I read each story. Observe how they reach and use the method you think that makes them enjoy the story the most.

  • Outdoor Play

I am a fan of outdoor play when I was a kid. Now I want my daughter to experience the same thing. I let her get dirty, run around the playground, explore Mother Nature and enjoy being a kid out in the open.

Let your child’s curiosity and explorative side wonder. Let them learn on their own and enjoy it at the same time. This is also a good means of honing your child’s social skills as they interact with other children.

  • Role Play

Let your child be a doctor, a chef, an astronaut anything they want. Let them imagine what they want to be. Help them create their future by engaging in their role play. Make them feel you support them every step of the way.

  • Scribbles and Doodles

Buy washable and toxic-free markers, loads of paper and coloring books for your little artist. Allow them to squiggle, sketch and create their very own unique work of art. Keep these as mementos of your child’s first artistic creation. I did.

  • Music, Dancing and Singing

AS the saying goes, “a happy child is a singing and dancing child.” Play the ABC song or even Disney theme songs. Let your child explore the world or music and allow them to dance and sing along with it. Right now my daughter’s favorite songs are “How far I’ll Go” from the movie Moana and the Sesame Street “Alphabet Song.”

  • Let Them Explore

The best activity ideas for kids in my opinion is to let them explore as much as possible. Do not limit their wonder and deprive them of learning because you are scared they might get hurt. Remember that pain and failure is one of your diving forces in becoming a better person.

What you can do is to make sure they are safe wherever they go and to always be a few steps away from them. But try your best not to interfere with them especially if your see them deep in thought or in a trance because of their curiosity.

These are just some activities that you can use and can be used for a long time. Like what I have mentioned before, just make sure that the activity your will give your child will match their attitude, interest and educational capacity.