Throwing a party for your child? Here are a few tips to make sure everyone is happy!

Kids’ parties can be stressful, but if you remember that, for the most part, kids just want to play with their friends, then you can create the party list and leave the details and planning up to Detailed Events by Derrin!

Create a Budget

It’s important to set a realistic budget and stay within it because kids’ party costs can add up quickly!  Sometimes breaking it down into categories like food, games, etc. can also be helpful!

Make a Guest List and Pick a Date & Time

Make sure it works for the key players like your child’s best friend and family members. If you invite one friend from your child’s class, you’ll likely need to consider inviting the entire class, OR just choose to do boys or girls only. Also, consider how long; toddlers tend to do better earlier in the day, before their afternoon naps, while older children do well in the afternoon. Choose your party time with this in mind.

Shorter is Usually Better

Not sure how long the party should go? For younger kids, an hour and a half is plenty. Older kids (and parents!) will wipe out after 2-3 hours.

Create a To-Do List

Detailed Events by Derrin can help you with your to-do list AND checking things off!

Decide on Using Your Home or Booking a venue

A home party is also a great way to save money because you can control how much you spend on food and decorations.  If you decide to use a venue, look for one that suits your child’s interests. Indoor play gyms, bounce houses and children’s museums are great options. They can book up months in advance, so plan early!

Choose a Theme

Make sure you talk to your child about the theme and that it’s something they love, not just something that’s Pinterest-worthy!  However, Detailed Events by Derrin can make it both!

Prepare and Send Invitations

Include the date, start and end times, the location and an RSVP phone number or email address. If necessary, include parking information and special requests like “Bring a swimsuit” or “No gifts, please.”  Send invitations 4-6 weeks in advance. Detailed Events by Derrin will create and send invites for you so it’s one less thing to worry about!

Decide Parents Should Stay

Most parties become drop-off parties around age 6. Still, indicate on the invitation whether parents should stick around to avoid any miscommunication.

Serve Classic Foods

For kids, you can’t go wrong with pizza, cake and ice cream. For an at-home party, go with finger foods you can set up ahead of time and serve at room temperature, like mini sandwiches.

Have Creative Favors

Give kids something they and their parents will appreciate. Some fun examples are: a personalized container to hold snacks, an ice cream bowl for an ice cream themed party, some healthy snacks to have later on in the day, etc. Make sure to put it in a place where people will take it as they leave.  Have a few extra on hand just in case a guest’s sibling stays unexpectedly.

Consider Entertainers Wisely

Musicians or puppeteers are great choices. Sometimes, young kids can be frightened by clowns or costumed characters.

Plan Plenty of Activities

You want to make sure to is keep the kids busy, and if you overplan activities, you can cut them out later!  Themed craft areas and classic games like musical chairs or Simon says work great!

Activities that allow kids to make their own food, such as building personal pizzas or decorating cupcakes, are fun! This also means less food prep for you, and one less activity to plan!

Gather your Team

Ask friends or relatives (beforehand) to help guide activities, take photos and clean up. You might also consider hiring a helper to watch younger siblings.

Prepare for the Unexpected

Always have a weather alternative planned if your party is outside, and a first-aid kit will ensure safety for everyone!

Open Gifts After

Opening gifts might seem fun, but feelings can get hurt, gifts can get lost, and children can argue over playing with them.  Wait until the guests have gone and let your child enjoy some time on their own with their new gifts!

Send Thank You’s

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to send thank you cards, but it shows appreciation to all of your guests, so it’s a must!  Bonus if you get your child to sign them or use their hand print!

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