How to Throw a Kid’s Birthday Party
A simple nugget about the perfect birthday for your kid is to invite as many children as the age of your kid. However, you can use your intuition in matters of invitees because ‘the more, the merrier’.
When it comes to stressful logistics, kids’ birthday parties rank second to weddings. While everyone will have a different tolerance for the planning, the end result is always gratifying.
The level of adaptation of kids to the celebration also varies from kid to kid. As long as you know what your child wants, you should plan a celebration that is just perfect for him or her!
Usually, everything about the birthday requires a level of stress. As basic as cake-sharing seems, it may sap your energy but you will definitely have fun in between the mess. So, do not forget to have loads of fun while you are trying to attend to your child and the visitors.
Here are a few ideas to help you put your best foot forward:
The invitation will address the age group, the time of the party, and the venue. To avoid naptime conflict, you may want to set the party time between 1 pm and 3 pm. The first step in getting the ‘time to go’ hint across is by having a ‘start time’ and ‘end time’. To get your child involved, have him decorate the invitations with stickers – a homemade touch.
Based on your invitees, you must have separate plans for different age groups. Adult friends should have a different party as grown-ups. And the preschool class and playgroup kids – the kiddie crowd – must have theirs as well. While the kids will love kid-centric food and nonstop games, grown-ups will prefer adult food and some talk time. The exception is for one-year-olds who would most likely play no games and will have mixed ages in attendance.
It is always great to use a homemade cake for the celebration. While there is no justification for this, the joy of presenting a cake with the ‘home touch’ is always overwhelming. But if you’d rather buy a cake, you can make it taste as you did it from the scratch. For boxed cake mixed taste, add one-third cup of water and one cup of mayonnaise – this eliminates the need for oil. Before adding to the dry ingredients, break a few eggs and whisk with mayonnaise. You will get a divine taste by topping the cake with homemade buttercream icing – vanilla, unsalted butter, milk, and so on.
If you want the cake to be a game, this is even more fun. Make a tray of muffins, regular cupcakes, and mini cupcakes. Frost the cupcakes with cream cheese and muffins or icing. Then, put out bowls of mini chocolate chips, colored sugar, and sprinkles. Allow the kids to make their creations as they dip into the tray.
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If you want your child to have fewer toy gifts, books are the perfect gifts in their stead. More so, do not open the gifts until everyone has left. Remember that the little ones always have a streak of jealousy in them. Make memories by assigning names to every gift pack and send ‘thank you’ notes as soon as you can manage. For the goody bags, make sure you find the perfect take home gifts that are within budget.
Don’t go breaking the bank by looking for big-ticket items such as T-shirts and kites. For each bag, buy a bag of sidewalk chalk. Then, a bright ribbon will be perfect for tying the sticks together. Finish it off by throwing in a bottle of bubbles and put them in cute pails!
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Great! For younger children, do not miss out on candies.
Finally, do not forget to dress your child in the best outfit for his or her big day. You don’t want them looking at their pictures some twenty-something years later and giving you a side eye. And for the fun of the party, play a lot of games, games, and games!
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