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Top tips for Planning the Best Kids Home Party Ever!

A quick checklist of handy tips and suggestions for helping you make your child’s birthday celebration as memorable as can be!

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1. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

So, your child’s birthday is on the horizon and you have decided to have

a ‘chez-moi’ home party.

Here are some things to consider and decide upon before starting official party preparations.

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  • Decide on a convenient date and time for the party.

  • Decide, with your daughter or son, on the number of party guests to invite.

  • Based on the number of guests, choose which rooms in the house to use.

  • For summer parties, consider whether the garden would be an option – also having a backup plan for cold/rainy weather. If you decide to have a garden party on a hot

day, ensure to have the right shelter or garden canopy so the children do not overheat.

  • Choose a theme for the party. Discuss with your child and take to Pinterest for inspiration!

  • Decide on whether you will be hiring an entertainer/crafts specialist, or whether you will be organising the games yourself.

2. Let the Preparations Begin!

  • Send out the invitations ensuring to include a reasonable RSVP.

  • Once a party theme has been decided, begin researching and sourcing where to purchase the party-themed props: balloons, banners, table confetti etc.

  • Research and contact a birthday cake supplier to place an order for the cake,based on the chosen theme.

  • Begin thinking about food and whether you will be cooking yourself or if you will be getting pizza / a takeaway. Ensure to find out if any of the children

have any special dietary requirements.

  • Arrange who will be helping out at the party – a family member / a friend.

  • Confirm with the party entertainer or begin planning the themed party agenda yourself.

  • If planning yourself, have an itinerary ensuring to schedule what the children will be doing and when – making sure to include a time slot for food. Also, make

a small contingency plan for ‘time-filler’ crafts / activities that party guests can do if they finish the activity quickly or arrive ahead of schedule.

  • Order items to put in the party bags.

3. THREE Days to go!

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With only three days to go, reflect and make a note on whether there are any other last-minute things to get/organise. Here are some things to

do a few days prior to the party:

  • Prepare music and a party playlist. Ask your child of artists/songs they like. Ensure to check out the latest chart music. Ensure the music is child-friendly– opting for the ‘clean’ song versions.

  • Decide on what the party girl/boy will wear for the party – if the crafts are quite messy, having an apron would be ideal!

  • Follow up with unreceived RVSPs (ideally 3 – 7 days before the party).

  • Once parents have confirmed, create a list of the parents’ names and phone numbers, especially if the parents are not staying and if the party guests are relatively young.

  • Prepare and wrap up all of the party prizes for any activities.

  • Fill up the party bags

1.    ONE Day to go!

  • Ensure you have bought all the food needed.

  • Have a final check on party props, table coverings, napkins and balloons etc. (don’t forget the candles!).

  • Make sure the photo camera device is charged up and that there is enough storage space.

  • Write a to-do list of all the things you will need to do on the day.

1.    THE BIG DAY!

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They key to having a smooth and organised birthday party is to start early and allow yourself plenty of time to get the decorations in place. Once everything is set up and ready-to-go it’s just a matter of time before the guests start to arrive. If you fail to plan you plan to fail .

  • Blow up the balloons and put up decorations / organise the table

  • Pick up the birthday cake if one has been ordered.

  • Organise your party helpers.

  • At the right time, prepare the food and drink.

  • Make sure any pets are in the right place before the guests arrive.

  • Start the music and welcome the guests.

  • Don’t for forget to relax and have fun!