Summary: Even though hosting a kids birthday party ideas can improve child developments, it needs lots of time, energy and money preparing for the great birthday party. Hesitating whether to throw your kid a birthday party? Read on to see my suggestion.
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Please be aware that a mom hating birthday party for kids doesn’t mean she’s not a good mother. If you’ve arranged at least one birthday party for kids before, you will know the reason exactly. I can fully understand why some moms hates or fears of hosting a birthday party the first time I arranged my child a birthday party.
It’s never a simple task because a birthday party requires the preparation 6 to 8 weeks ahead. This will consume your time, energy and of course, money. There are a long list of things to do: You can keep yourself busy before, during and after the birthday party ideas on the preparing, inviting, booking, cooking, arranging and the cleaning. It’s definitely a nightmare.
If you are a new mom who has never held a birthday party for your child on your own and can’t perfectly get what I mean nightmare, you can read the next part to check the hassle-free complete birthday party timeline.
Part 2. Before, During and After The Birthday Party
My sincere suggestion is, start the preparation as early as possible. 8 weeks is secure if it’s your first time. The more experience you get, the less time you need for the preparation. You might wonder: “Are you sure? 8 weeks? I’ve arranged a picnic reunion with my classmates before, it didn’t take me so long. It’s 1 week or something. Are you kidding me?” Well, just read on and you will see that it’s absolutely different.
a). How Many Kids and Parents to Invite
The reason why I put this first is that the invitation list affects everything: Do you have enough room to hold the party at home? How many birthday party food, snacks, fruits and drink to prepare? What size the cake should be? That all depends on how many kids and parents you would like to invite to the party.
Ask your kid whom she would like to invite to her birthday and start preparing the birthday invitation letter. After that, ask your kid for help to recheck those who confirm to attend so as to set yourself free a little bit. Once the invitation list is roughly confirmed, (even though this might change later), you can move on to the next step. Check this 1st birthday invitation template.
b). Select Party Themes
There are countless birthday party themes you can choose for your kids’ birthday, let’s name a few: Swimming pool theme, camping theme, unicorn theme, Despicable Me theme, Star Wars theme, Frozen theme, and more. We need to confirm the theme first because all party supplies, decors should echo your party theme. Moreover, some party themes has a specific requirement on the place the party is being held.
c). Choose Birthday Party Places
Birthday party places can be held at home, outdoors depending on your preference, the requirement of your theme, or the number of people invited. To host a birthday party outdoors, you’d better book the place ahead.
d). Birthday Party Supply Checklist
Party supply checklist is consist of many different things: To do list, to buy list and to cook list… Food recipes like tablewares (tablecloth, cake plates, forks, knives, spoons), decorations (balloons, party hats, wall decorations, candles), foods and snacks (cakes, drinks, candies, snacks), costumes, etc. Well, I just name a few. You’d better make yourself a birthday party supply checklist in case you forget anything.
e). Kids Birthday Party Games
Though you’ve prepared the most lovely decorations and birthday cakes that fit your kids’ birthday party theme, you can only delight your young guest for a while. And they will find the party a little bit boring. To entertain your young guests better and give yourself some rest, you’d better prepare a few party games for kids and baby activity toy to make the party fun without spending extra money.
f). The Party Favors
You need to gift the kids for coming to your kids’ party by preparing them small gifts in form of party favors. It can be candies, foods, toys, stationery, books or something homemade. Here’s the complete guide on what to put in goody bags.
g). Before-Party Decorations
For the decoration supplies, I will highly recommend that you find the decoration all-in-one set which includes all the banners, flags, confetti, birthday hats, balloons and tableware that meets your chosen theme.
Because firstly, the pack is exactly all you need for the party and you don’t need to worry that you miss anything; Secondly, most of these supplies set are categorized by theme, so the colors and design echo your party theme perfectly.
Remember that a balloon blower or you have to blow up all the balloons on your own. All you need is hang your banner and flags the places they should be.
h). Before-Party Food Preparations
If those invited are of a large amount, you’d better start getting ready the candies, snacks, chips and cakes beforehand. If you are a good baker, you can take this opportunity to try all birthday party food ideas you would like to try and it’s money-saving. Prepare as many types of foods as possible in case one or two little picky eaters attend your birthday party and find nothing to eat. But if you are not good at cuisine, buying a cake and some cookies from the bakery will be your good choice.
Even though the birthday party has begun, that doesn’t mean that you can have a rest. There are many things you should do: Make sure foods are adequate, start singing birthday songs, put off the candles, eat cakes, play games, open the birthday gifts and keep an eye on children’s safety especially if the party is held outside.
After the party is over and your kids’ friends go back home with their party favors. It’s the time…not for a rest, but for a cleaning. You need to pick up the rubbish from the grassland in your backyard, remove gift wrappers, pack up the leftovers, do the dishes and more. I believe that you will do nothing but taking a bath and throw yourself into bed after doing all these cleaning jobs.
Part 3. Benefits: Why Your Kid Needs A Birthday Party
If I call hosting a kids birthday party ideas a nightmare, I think you might understand me well. But even though hosting a birthday party is so time, money and energy consuming, I still don’t advocate that we cancel kids’ birthday party. And here’s the benefits why your kids need a birthday party:
Your husband and you have works to do every day and don’t have much time playing with your kids? Most of your kids time is spent with the nanny except for the bedtime stories and weekend?
If this is similar in your family, hosting a birthday party ideas or some weekend gatherings are the perfect moment to show your kids that “Mom and dad love you more than we can say, we just need to work for a better tomorrow.” I am sure that your kid will understand you and love you, too.
For kids having a birthday party of their own is so excited. They will count down months, weeks and days before the day comes. Your kids who enjoy their party will remember all details of the party and make you feel wonderful for making this memorize birthday party.
Some kids who are not party kids, however, don’t feel like hosting or attending a birthday party. Take my kid for example, he sticks with me all the time during his classmate’s birthday party. He’s too shy to make new friends there. This sometimes happens especially when he/she is the only child that seldom have times with his/her peers.
It’s parents’ responsibility to help children blend in the party and making friends. So, my solution is, taking him to as many parties as possible and making progress once at a time. And I am pretty sure that one day he will feel himself at home for attending the party and enjoy making friends.
Part 4. My Suggestions on Hosting Birthday Party for Kids Or Not?
Making a birthday party for kids can show kids your love, make unforgettable memories and help your kids boost social skills. So making your kid a birthday party every year? Don’t you remember the long to-do list before the party and the 3 months preparation? If you are a mom of 4 and your kids birthday lie on different months, that means you have to prepare for the birthday all year long… So, yes or no? My suggestion is:
Hosting your kid a party on his/her birthday, but not every year. I mean, you can pick up the important stage of your kid’s life. Such as the 1st birthday, the year he learned to talk, the year he’s ready for kindergarten, the year he’s ready for middle school and 18th birthday party ideas.
A birthday party on these special days can also tell your kids that they are old enough to move to the next stage and should behave more mature to set an example for his/her younger sisters/brothers.
Hosting a large-sized birthday party and invite a great number of kids and parents to the party is not the only way to show your loves to the kids. A small family size birthday party that invite your kids’ grandparents, uncles, aunts and their cousins is also a good idea.
Even though the birthday is not grandly held, some factors should remain such as party themes, party games, birthday cakes, birthday presents for children and of course birthday wishes for kids.
You will find it worthwhile your time, energy and money on hosting your kid a birthday party when you saw the big smile on your kid’s face. However, you even need to start the party preparation 3 months ahead and there is a long list to include in the before, during and after party to-do list. My suggestion is to keep a regularly simple bday party ideas but make it large-size on the special stage of your kids’ life.
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