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Birthdays are one of the most anticipated days of the year for children – and rightly so. The thought of entertainment, activities, gifts and colourful party food has appeal way beyond our early years. If you are the one responsible for turning dreams into reality, here are a few of our well-tried and tested tips to help make the day go with a bang.
Whether you are planning a gathering at home or an event at a venue or activity centre, here are a few quick links that might help you with your planning:
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Decide on your venue and book accordingly. Activity venues can get booked up many weeks or months in advance, so always best to tick this off the list as early as possible.
Get your invites out early – children have hectic social calendars. The joy of Facebook (and similar platforms) nowadays means you can create an invite in minutes and easily keep track of the responses as they come in. It is also a great way of sharing ongoing updates with all of the guests nearer to the day.
If you prefer the traditional feel of a paper invite, many schools are very willing to distribute the invitations on your behalf if you are not familiar with all of the parents.
Food and drink…
Although the party may only be planned for a couple of hours, a party lunch or tea often goes with the territory. If you’re not planning on feeding the guests, make this clear on your invitations so everyone knows whether to eat beforehand or not.
Venues who cater for children’s parties will have tried and tested menus. If you’re catering yourself, you’ll no doubt have a good idea of the crowd pleaser options. Keep it simple – strike a balance between the healthy and the treats and ask for any special dietary requirements in advance.
Although not all children’s parties require goody bags, if you do want to include these, it can’t hurt to have some extras, just in case. A sibling might take one intended for a guest, or you might have a spillage and ruin one. There’s nothing worse than a party ending in tears, so better be safe than sorry.
Whether you plan to have an official children’s entertainer or are planning some games yourself, you may need some structure to the fun. Little prizes for those who don’t win anything might be a good idea, and trying to time the pass the parcel music so that everyone gets a turn will definitely be appreciated.
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