Planning Your Child’s Birthday Bash
From party themes to party favors the options can seem endless. Seeking inspiration on platforms such as pinterest and instagram can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Whether or not you choose to host your child’s birthday party at Gymtime or not, find some tips to make your child’s next birthday party a success!
- Invitations – Save yourself the time and go with an evite. Paperless Post and Eventbrite are both great tools that automatically manage your guest list, keep track of RSVPs and send reminder emails. Let’s be honest, we’re all busy and a reminder email is always appreciated.
- Time – Depending on the age of the child, an hour and half is typically the perfect amount of time for children ages five and under. I would not suggest you go more than two hours, as children begin to lose interest.
- Food – Pizza and juice is a common choice and is included in many party packages. Stretch your pizza by requesting the pizza shop to cut the slices in half, making them child-size and reducing the amount of half-eaten slices that go to waste. Keep adult food to a minimum, as parents are usually busy helping children and don’t have much time to eat.
- Party Favors – Keep it simple. Choose a non-messy activity to share with your guests and keep the favors consistent to avoid any comparison between children. A fun, on-the-go activity is always a favorite of parents and children alike.
- Entertainment – This is the area where you can really make your party unique. Adding a magician, DJ, face painter, costumed superhero/character or a puppeteer adds that extra element to make your party that much more memorable!
- Theme – It’s important to remember that this is your child’s party and the theme should reflect that. It’s not necessary to cater to the needs of everyone on the guest list, it’s your child’s special day and they should feel that way.
- Staff – If you choose to have your party at a facility, don’t hesitate to lean on their staff to answer questions and give advice. They have likely planned hundreds of parties and are experts at what they do. Use this as a resource to help plan your party with more ease.
- Gifts – If you can’t imagine any more toys, books (fill in the blank), you can request that guests refrain from bringing a gift. That said, some might feel obligated to bring a gift anyway. To avoid this, you can ask that if people would like to buy something, make a donation to a specific charity in the birthday child’s name.
The goal is to celebrate your child growing a year older! Relax, have fun and make sure to enjoy every second – you already know it goes by too fast!