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.