Planning the perfect celebration for your little one
You don’t need a celebrity budget to throw an entertaining and memorable child’s party that your little one will love.
There was a time when all you needed for a successful child’s party was a few balloons, some party games and the obligatory jelly and ice-cream. However, with the rise of celebrity culture and the prevalence of social media, many parents are now going all-out to throw the ultimate celebration, spending thousands of dollars on elaborate mega-parties in impressive locations with no expense spared.
While these parties may be fun to observe from afar, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to go to these lengths to throw a great party for your little one.
When it comes to putting on a great event, preparation is absolutely key. Think about the type of party you want to throw and where you want to hold it. Popular event venues often get booked up far in advance, so if you have somewhere specific in mind be sure to book it in plenty of time. Now is also a good time to decide whether you want to throw a themed party. Parties with a theme, such as superheroes or under-the-sea for example, can be great fun and will also influence other aspects of the event such as décor, invitations and the birthday cake.
Wherever you decide to hold your party, clever decorations can help you to transform the space into something magical and memorable. Balloons are back in fashion in a big way, so fill your party room with lots of helium balloons in your child’s favourite colours and combine with bunting or paper lanterns for an impressive party space that doesn’t cost the earth.
The most important part of any party is, of course, the entertainment. Finding the right entertainment can make or break your party and, these days, a few rounds of musical chairs and pass the parcel, no longer cuts the mustard. For the ultimate kids’ party you need to put a bit more thought and effort into how you will keep your little guests entertained.
There are a lots of great options out there, from magicians and discos, to soft play and bouncy castles, and the one that will work best for your party depends on a number of factors, including the number and age of your guests, the location of your party and your budget.
Making sure that people are kept entertained for the duration of the party can be stressful, so you might want to take the pressure off by hiring a children’s entertainer. These can offer a whole array of services, including mini discos, party games and competitions, bubble machines, magic shows and even karaoke. A good entertainer will tailor their offering to the age group of your party, so you can be sure your guests will have a great time whether they’re toddlers or ‘tweenagers’.
Hiring a child’s entertainer is becoming an increasingly popular option, so if it’s something you’re considering, make sure you plan in advance. A popular kids’ party entertainer in Kent recommends booking your entertainment as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
It’s traditional to thank guests for attending your party by presenting them with a goody bag as they leave. Often, these bags contain some plastic tat, a few sweets and a squashed piece of birthday cake, but that doesn’t have to be the case. For something a little more memorable, get crafty and make your own bag; fill it with home-made sweet treats, or a colouring book and pack of pencils for a sugar-free alternative. If this all seems like a little too much effort, you can always cheat by opting for convenient pre-filled party bags. We promise not to tell!
Every parent wants to make their child’s party as special as possible, whether it’s their first birthday or their sixteenth. With careful planning and a focus on great entertainment you can throw an amazing party that your little one will really love.