When kids grow up, they want to look back on their childhoods with fond memories. And throwing the perfect party for them is a great way to do this.
But as a parent, you can sometimes feel a little out of the loop. How exactly do you throw your kids an amazing party that they will remember forever? Well, in this post, you’ll find out. Here are some of the essential elements you’ll want to include on the day.
Pack Goody Bags
Do you remember getting goody bags at parties when you were growing up? If so, you’ll know that they were one of the most exciting parts of the whole event. You never quite knew what you were going to get inside, but you always expected something tasty and fun.
Don’t go broke filling goody bags. Just make sure that you include all of the right elements. Giving kids candies, ribbons, chalk, and blowing bubbles – things that they can use to keep themselves entertained throughout the day.
Make The Cake A Winner
Cakes should feel like an event in themselves at kids’ birthday parties. You want them to tell a story and get kids excited.
Treasure chests are a great kids’ cake idea because you can make them look so interesting. The hardest part is constructing the lid and then carefully balancing it on the rest of the cake. But once you’ve done that, you can fill the rest of it with edible gold medallion coins, jewels and chains. There are plenty of recipes out there you can use as inspiration.
Make The Games The Main Event
Kids love party games. They’re something that they will remember for many years to come.
Ideally, you should start with a warm-up activity. Something like coloring in or putting stickers in a notebook.
You can then move onto the main party events. For instance, kids love face painting and washable tattoos or hand stamps. These allow them to look totally different from how they would normally look, letting them explore different aspects of their personalities.
Face painting and washable tattoos are also a great way to include older children in the festivities. Teens often like getting involved in kids’ parties if they feel useful. Getting them to apply face paint could be a great way to help them do this.
Have A Face Painter
Everyone remembers a time as a child when they went to a party with a face painter. The memories that are associated with this are normally positive; almost everyone has a good memory of it. Face paint ideas have come quite a long way in recent years, which could make them more attractive.
Depending on the face painter, your child’s imagination can be the limit. While many people typically choose an animal, there are quite a few other face paint ideas you can think of. Different cartoon and movie characters may be the tip of the iceberg. That encourages the children to get creative with what they want.
Face painting can let your child and other attendees to think beyond a two-dimensional painting and turn it into something more. That’s something that you might want to encourage long-term. Who wouldn’t want a more creative kid? Even during the party itself, that creativity can lead to the kids having much more fun.
The fact that this gets them to think about colour theory, among other things, could be a spark for other things. Giving each other face paint ideas could be enough to spark their enjoyment. With that being the main point of having activities for your child’s party, what’s not to like about a face painter?
Face painting is something that most adults remember about attending parties as a child. Who wouldn’t want their children to make similar memories? They should be something that your kids will look on fondly for years. Who knows, you could find your child attending quite a few more parties with a face painter.
Create a DIY photobooth, and provide different costumes for the kids to try on and take pictures in. Don’t forget the fun wigs, sunglasses, and accessories!
You should also consider taking out party game rentals. This way, you can provide kids with outdoor inflatables, VR games, arcade games and sports booths at low cost.
Another great idea is to organize a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt, particularly if you have a lot of land around your house. Start by placing items that kids will want to find and then write clues that will get them close to their objectives. You can use candies, but it is also sometimes nice to motivate kids with toys (since they will already be eating a lot of cake).
Make The Music Memorable
Kids are finely attuned to music so playing the right soundtrack can influence their enjoyment of the event. If you have the budget, you can sometimes hire local kids’ performers. Many of these play music during parties to keep children entertained. And they’re very good at it too.
Choose The Location Wisely
Sometimes you don’t have the space or inclination to host the party at home. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to look for other venues.
Please note that party locations get booked up quickly – often many months in advance. So if you have a child’s birthday coming up, don’t delay: start booking now.
If you are looking for somewhere at short notice, you might want to consider a local daycare center. These are usually busy during the week but struggle to find opportunities at the weekends. Parties are a great way for them to make a little money on the side.
Create An Interesting Menu
Pizza, chicken nuggets and fries comprise the regular party food menu. However, you may want to create something a little more memorable for your kids. Things like fruit on skewers, vegetable dips, hot dogs and bagels are all great ideas to keep their taste buds entertained. If you can, try to give the kids a proper meal as this will help them enjoy the day more and give them more energy. Sugar rushes make them hyper for a short time but then lead to a crash afterwards.
You can also think about preparing food for your adult guests too if they are joining. This can be a great way to get kids to try new things.