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Throwing a birthday party for a kid can be intimidating but no worries I’ve got some tips to help you plan the best party for your kids. Plus a free printable to help you plan!
1. Pick a Theme
If you're worried about the party flowing smoothly, how to decorate, what the party favors should be, or anything really, having a theme can help narrow your focus. The activities, invitations, even the food, can revolve around the theme. For instance, the last children's party I threw was Power Rangers theme, so for the food I tried to have a lot of primary color foods (fruit, goldfish, chips and salsa). I also had an obstacle course for the kids to go through Ranger training. Another example is when we had a Minnie Mouse themed party we had lots of bows, polka dots, and pink. We decorated bows and had a pin the bow on Minnie game. In my experience a theme really helps me to pull a party together. I know it may be tempting to just let it be a generic party, but for me having a theme has been a stress reliever, it allows me to say no to something that I think would be fun but doesn't fit into the theme.
2. Write out a Plan
Getting everything out of your brain onto paper can help you see what you need to get done and what you may have missed! And don't worry I've got a free printable to help you with this when you subscribe to our newsletter.
3. Never Underestimate the Power of Balloons
Kids love balloons. If you find yourself with extra time and you don't want the kids running around, grab a balloon and play don't let it touch the ground. Or see how long they can balance a balloon on their nose. Honestly, if a kid has a balloon they are going to be happy (usually).
4. Ditch the traditional party favors
I like to do party favors that I think will actually be used and appreciated, not just thrown away next month when the kids aren't looking. For example, for our Power Rangers party the kids decorated their own Power Rangers masks and got a morphing stone. Plus I had all the kids take home all the balloons from our party (except my kids because I don't like having balloons around). At a dinosaur themed party we I gave writing supplies all dinosaur themed (pad of paper, pencil, dinosaur shaped eraser). I just like the idea of everything they take home being something they can continue to use for awhile. I know the masks will eventually end up in the trash but for right now they're in my kids dress up drawer.
5. Don't sweat the small stuff
There's a reason Jesus says to become like a child, most kids are very forgiving, loving, and quick to find the good! If something doesn't go exactly as you planned, it's more than likely the kids will still be having a great time.
I hope these tips can help you next time you have to plan a party. And don't forget to subscribe to our email to get your link to access our free printable to help you plan.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!