Can you believe it’s already March? As the year kicks off, there will be busy days ahead. One thing you can count on is that your child’s birthday is coming again. Hosting their birthday party at home is a budget-friendly way to celebrate year after year, but sometimes lacks inspiration. Here are some pro tips and 4 themes to help you plan a great kids birthday party at your home.
Tips for a smooth party
Most of the important elements of the party should be planned long before the actual date. Here are some ways to keep your event on track.
Short but sweet
Handling tired kids is a tall order for any parent, let alone a party chaperone with a room full of them. Hold the party until a certain time that you specified on the invitation; 2-3 hours is ideal. The worst that can happen is that they’ll wish your party could go on longer – a surefire sign of success we think.
Prepare to clean up
More bins = less cleanup for you. Encourage the kids to clean up for themselves by having bins available near the food station and next to any activity tables that have been set up. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them good garbage habits by separating recyclables, food, and other waste.
Small stones are more prone to emergencies in the bathroom. Be sure to let people know where the restrooms are and put up some clear signs. You can even pick yourself a bathroom fairy for the day and tell them to find you if they need magic help.
Rain, hail or sunshine?
Throwing an outdoor party means you feel less stressed about the kids messing around. But not every baby is born at an eco-friendly time of year. You can still have a clutter-free home party with the help of a garden gazebo for protection from all kinds of weather complications, plus it can be used for more than one event or more than a year.
If an inside party is your option, your safety and clutter measures should be age-appropriate. For young children, the best plan is to ban certain areas of the home with child-proof gates. Once they’re bigger, it’s enough to just close the non-party areas and put up no-entry signs.
What about food allergies?
It’s very common for children to have food allergies these days and it’s your job as the host to make sure all your partygoers are safe. Thoroughly research any dietary requirements before the party, and be aware that there can easily be more than one. Ask the parents of these children how well they understand their child’s special needs so you know how much supervision is needed. This is especially important if the parents won’t be attending the party.
First Aid Director for you, Mary Dawesoffers her tips for helping kids with allergies feel comfortable visiting family and friends.
Tip 1: Educate your child so they are aware of the foods they can and cannot eat
“Protect your child’s friends and their parents, and inform your extended family so they know, give at least a week’s notice about catering for outings and parties. and family gatherings because that would be a lot easier and away from the embarrassment for everyone Mary suggests.
Tip 2: Explain the different types of symptoms and how to identify them
They may have hives, a skin rash, difficulty breathing, or a swollen tongue. Allergy ID bracelets can be worn by children so that at school and other activities, teachers and caregivers can easily spot your child.
“It’s important that you make sure you don’t frighten your child, but give them the knowledge and tools to prepare them if they start to feel sick. Also, with family and close friends, explain these to them and to adults, detailing medical response tactics, phone numbers and medications – also show them the medications to be taken. and how to use the EpiPen/anapen,” says Mary.
Tip 3: Don’t be shy! Education is the key
“In the children’s first aid course and the family first aid course, we organize seminars aimed at educating children and families, helping them know how to identify different allergic reactions and what to do if faced with a ‘real life’ play,” Mary shared.
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4 easy themes
Organize a movie party
Take your kid’s current favorite movie and turn it into an easy party idea. Perfect for maintaining a strict time limit as most children’s movies are around 90 minutes in length. You can divide the party into 3 parts:
– Arrival time & food (1 hour)
Put this in the beginning to cater for latecomers and give your child a chance to catch up and expend some energy before settling in.
– Main feature (1.5 hours)
Dim the lights, set the scene and press play. Keep a torch by your side in case you need to act like opening and quieting the kids or escorting someone to the loo.
– Cut cake & open gifts (30 minutes)
After an hour of quiet, the kids will be ready to sing their hearts out. End with a happy birthday boy or girl song and cake.
To really grab the attention, why not arrange a ‘red carpet’ appearance and photograph each attendee with the birthday boy or girl. Print a photo and sign the back for a personalized thank you message that parents will love.
Going under the sea
This theme is great for combining creativity and education at the same time. There are 3-4 stations that operate alternately and grouped into 20-minute blocks.
Wear clothes – collect everything ocean related from your costume box, refuse the shops and even make your own. Cellophane pads can easily become jellyfish tentacles once attached to a velcro waistband.
Hunting for scavengers at the beach – bury plastic marine toys and soft-edged shells in a backyard sandpit and send them with a shovel and bucket on a rescue mission.
Safe under the sea of puzzles – take them home with a head full of ocean facts like what percentage of the world is covered by oceans? So you know it’s 70%.
Draw your own aquarium station – paints, crayons and paper plates are all you need for the kids to make art.
A day at the circus
Dress up your everyday clown with an entire circus themed party! Unleash the hula hoops and clean up the trampolines for the kids for an at-home carnival like no other. Collect glass bottles from your drinks a week or two before the party, or head to the homeware store for affordable vintage milk bottles and set up a toss game (don’t cheat).
For food, we recommend all the classic kids favorites from hot dogs to popcorn and even apple candy. To prevent sugar overload, have only 30% of festive food on your table and fill the remaining 70% with healthy recipes kids will love.
A perfect theme if you are going to host a large party. Arrange children into teams of 3-5 and have them wear colored t-shirts. You can specify this on the invitation e.g. Dress Code: You are on the ‘Fire’ team. Please wear a red t-shirt.
Then tap your creative juices for some kid-friendly sports they can play and keep a friendly chart for the winners at the end of the day. Think egg and spoon races, tin bowling, three-legged races and even mini golf.
Your kids will love their next birthday party and hopefully, with a few of these ideas, it will be easy for you to plan too!