Throwing a party for your child can be one of the most daunting prospects for a parent. A house full of excited, sugar filled children with only you to supervise them feels like a recipe for disaster however, there is plenty you can do to ensure a calm, enjoyable time for all and one that your child will remember with fondness.
Preparation is key when it comes to children’s parties; careful planning will help to ensure that chaos does not break out, and you will be able to concentrate on keeping control of the situation rather than trying to juggle a million things at once. The first step is to decide on a theme, for example a jungle theme, princess theme, magician theme; whatever your child is most interested in at the time. Next, use this theme to guide you in creating a magical party environment; think banners, balloons, table decorations, music, and if you’re holding the party in the garden (which is a great way to keep your home tidy) you could put fairy lights in the trees and create little seating areas with cushions for activities and eating.
It’s best to opt for cold, pre-cooked food for children’s parties so that you simply lay it out and leave them to it. You also won’t run the risk of scolding. Try to avoid sugar where possible as this is a one-way ticket to hyperactive children and keep an eye on their intake as you don’t want any children to become ill. For this reason, it is also important to make sure there is a designated eating area with seats, where they can relax as they eat. A birthday cake is a must, and don’t forget the candles! Getting everyone together to sing happy birthday while they blow them out can be a good wind-down exercise at the end of the party and creates a lovely memory for your child. Try to be as healthy as you can with the food and drinks that you provide too, to avoid annoying other parents.
Your choice of entertainment is crucial not only for creating a fun time for everyone, but also for keeping things organised and under control. As well as providing your own music, think up some games that bring all the children together so you can keep an eye on them, as well as helping them all to communicate and have a nice time together. Hiring entertainment is a good idea if you’re not a particularly outgoing person, and things like magic shows or animal shows can hold children’s attention for a long time, while you handle any problems that might have occurred. You could even invest in Audio Video Installation so that you can sit them all down in front a film just like they were at the cinema. This is another great way to re-establish a bit of peace and quiet.
Throwing a party for your child and their friends doesn’t have to mean resigning yourself to an afternoon of chaos; by carefully choosing a theme, preparing your home, the food and drinks, and the entertainment you can ensure a controlled, organised event that everyone can enjoy. For more parenting tips, take a look at confessionsofasinglemum.co.uk.