When it comes time to plan a birthday party for your favorite child, you might become a victim of some revisionist thinking. We might think that when we were their age, all we would have wanted for a party was a cake, some grape soda, and a few good friends. However, if we asked our parents, they would have told us that the cake had to be a certain flavor and that we had to invite our entire grade.
We would never want to begrudge our favorite child the party that they want. So it's best to accept that birthday parties are a part of childhood. You can have a big party or a small gathering of friends and family. However, you will need to keep a couple of aspects in mind as you plan this party.
Do You Want The Party To Take Place At Home Or Another Place?
The best kids birthday party places and locations for a child depends on the child themselves. While some want a home-spun party, others want a slightly more "grown-up" venue where they can hang out with their friends. Parties are easier when your kid is a toddler. Toss up some balloons, buy a sheet cake from the grocery store, and your toddler thinks they're in heaven.
The only thing you really have to worry about is the number of guests coming. If you're inviting more than 50 people to the party, you should hold the festivities outside of the home. Therefore, if anyone does any damage, it's someone else's problem.
How Much Of The Party Entertainment Can You Do Yourself?
If you have a younger child, hiring party entertainment is a lot easier. Clowns and magicians go over as well as they did about a century ago. Unless your child is deathly afraid of clowns or is jaded for their age, a clown or magician as party entertainment is usually a good idea.
If you're throwing a party for an older child, it's a good idea to give them some input on the entertainment. It might be tempting to take the reins in this area, but it's far better to let the child decide what they want for their party.
You also want to think about whether you want to hire entertainment or get someone you know to do it. Being a clown involves a lot more than painting your face and squirting people with a rose. If you hire a friend to be a clown for your child's party, make sure that they have experience.
What Food and Drink Will You Serve At The Party?
Have between 7-10 items of food at the party, not including the birthday cake. For casual food such as hot dogs and pizza, assign two to three portions a child. If you want to serve healthier fare, have at least one portion per child. If you're serving soda, have two cans or half a 2-liter bottle of soda per child on hand.