Thursday, March 20, 2014

Birthday Fireworks And Other Kids Party Ideas

By Luisa Sharpe

If you do not have much experience planning parties, the prospect can be stressful. However, party planning is fun, especially when you are planning a party for kids. Whether you are a parent, an aunt, an uncle, or a family friend, if you are a first-time party planner, you might need some help. One of the first things to remember is to be realistic about your budget; do not order birthday fireworks if you can't afford them!

If your budget is limited, don't worry. Kids' are usually unaware of how much things cost. All they care about is whether or not they have a good time. You don't need something vastly expensive in order to make sure they have fun; you just need good planning. If you want to keep your wits about you and also plan a great party, keep these things in mind.

1. Have a theme for the party. Decorating will be so much easier if you do this. Choosing a theme will be simple if your child has a favorite movie or character. Doc McStuffins, Frozen, or Transformers; you can find party supplies on these themes as most party supply stores. You child could even wear an outfit that goes along with the theme!

2. Make the menu simple. You will thank yourself later if you choose food with minimal preparation and minimal clean-up. Pizza, chicken, and hot dogs are all good options. You can place an advance order and get them prepared, perhaps even delivered! You can also order a cake that fits with the party theme (although there is nothing like homemade cake, if you are a baker.) Supplement the main food items with a few snacks and beverages, and you're good to go!

3. Pick one main activity and several smaller ones. If your budget allows, you main activity might be something big, like a fireworks display, a pony, or a traveling petting zoo. However, you could also plan a movie day, a soccer game, or a big scavenger hunt. All of those things will be entertaining if they're planned well. Be sure to have some smaller activities, like coloring books and bubbles, on hand for kids who get bored.

4. Add extra touches. Making a birthday chair or throne for the birthday girl or boy can be a fun addition. Also, a candy table with a variety of different candies will be sure to be a hit. You can send goodie bags home with the guests, too, with little trinkets from a discount store.

5. Have other adults help you. This goes for both the planning stages and the actual party. Do NOT try to handle all of this on your own. Enlist friends, siblings, and other parents to help out. Make sure you have at least one adult for every five kids at the party. This will help your sanity a lot.

No matter what you theme or your activities, make sure you are focused and organized in your planning. The kids will be entertained whether you have a clown, fireworks, a movie, or a family member dressed as Elmo! Once you get the formula for planning a party down, it will get easier.

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