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Pointers For Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party

By Cheryl Jerabek_

Is your child about to have a birthday? If so, a birthday party is surely in order. Just the thought can be overwhelming but with a little help, it can be a fun and memorable event. Getting organized can save you time and money and you will no doubt stress less having everything in order.

Most parties for children these days have a theme. It’s just a given! Finding a theme is pretty easy, actually. Think of what your child is “into”. What movies, toys, characters or sports does he or she like? If nothing comes to mind, check out online birthday party sites for a list of selections. Still stuck? Try asking your child. There are tons of themes to pick from so something is bound to come to mind.

Once you have chosen a theme, a guest list is in order. You will also need to decide where and when the party will be held. Next, purchase or make invitations. You can find a nice assortment of invitations online in the fill-in-the-blank style or personalized. Some local stores carry them as well in the stationary and card section. You can also opt to create your own or download and print your own from patterns offered by online party sites for children.

Planning the party can be as fun as the party itself. Don’t worry-be happy! Your child only has a birthday once a year so make it a special time but don’t stress on the details. Involve your child. You may be surprised how much he or she has to offer. Remember that children are not concerned about perfection, they just want to have fun.

One thing to consider in your planning, is how to bring in your colors and theme to make the party area fun and festive. There are lots of things you can do in order to achieve this. Balloons are one of the best ways bring the party to life. Bring in lots of solid helium filled latex balloons in the colors you are using and throw in some Mylars in your party theme.

When you are decorating, just have fun. The only rule is that there ar no rules so relax and try to see the party site through the eyes of a child. Bright and fun is the way to go. Decorated tables, banners, removable wall stickers, pinatas and standees can all be found through online party sites and add much to the fun and festivities.

Take into consideration the time of day your party will be held when planning for the food. If your party falls during or around mealtime, you will want to serve more filling foods. Snacks and drinks are a must no matter what time of day. Think of foods that go along with your theme like little tea sandwiches are perfect for a Princess Party and shish kabobs are awesome for a Hula Luau. Creative ideas and recipes can be found online.

Next on the list is the cake. Children look forward to seeing (and eating) the cake so it’s a good idea to make it especially sweet. It does not have to be expensive or fancy as long as it’s fun and tasty. Of course, you can serve a plain ole birthday cake but it is great fun to check out all the kid’s faces when you pull out a really cool one. You can pick theme cakes up at your local grocer or bakery or go to a cake boutique. You can also make your own using a shaped cake pan. Just follow the directions to decorate. Another idea is to bake and frost a cake and top with a themed cake topper or create your own design. For lots of great ideas and instructions, visit some online children birthday party sites.

Games are fun to play at parties so make sure to plan some for yours. You can opt for the old faithfuls like you played as a child or change them up to go along with your theme. Ice Breaker games help the kids get to know one another and warm up to each other so it’s a good idea to play at least one early on. Scavenger hunts are lots of fun and if you are playing outside, relays are good too. You can find game ideas at online party sites.

Kids love to create so you may want to set aside a little time for crafts. If you decide to do crafts, set aside an area and prepare for it accordingly. You don’t want your new dining table covered in glue or your carpet soaked in paint. It is a good idea to keep craft time short and simple.

The less stress the better when it comes to party preparations so do not hesitate friends and family up on offers to help. You can even ask for help if no one offers. Consider who is good at what like if a relative is a great baker, ask for help on the cake. Another might be perfect to run the show when it comes to game time. Lighten your load when you can.

Send them home with a smile. Fill theme sacks or boxes with fun toys related to your theme along with other goodies such as snacks, small containers of play dough, colors and coloring books and whatever inexpensive toys you can find.

Help your child send out thank-you cards. You can order them in your theme when you order the invitations or even make your own. One great idea is to take a picture of each guest during the party to slip in his or her card for a very personal touch.

These simple suggestions can help you relax and get organized so you can enjoy the process, start to finish. Involve your child when you can and remember that what takes place today all too soon becomes the memories of tomorrow.

Be sure to check out Cheryl Jerabek’s site for more great party planning ideas, and great deals on party supplies.

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