The following post: tips for a successful birthday party was written by Lisa, a mom of two with experience in birthday party planning.
My husband and I have plenty of experience throwing birthday parties for our two kids and we’ve noticed something: they usually don’t go over as well as we’d like. One kid invariably hurts another kid’s feelings. Someone ends up with a scraped knee. And there’s a high likelihood that even one of our own children ends up crying at some point. Birthday parties are fun for kids but they’re not always fun for parents. Luckily, there are some things you can do to improve the chances of having a successful children’s birthday party. Here are some of them.
Ask your child who should be invited
Inviting your child’s entire homeroom class is unnecessary and could cause problems at the party. Sit down with your son or daughter and ask them who they specifically wish to invite. If your child doesn’t like someone there’s no need to invite them to the party and potentially stir up trouble.
Sprinkle in some structure
Kids would never tell you this but they love structure. Staying busy and on a schedule usually prevents them from getting in less than desirable situations. So, plan out all of the party activities and games ahead of time. And when the kids arrive to the party, let them know what’s on the agenda.
Unwrap presents after the party
On the one hand, kids love watching the birthday boy or girl unwrap presents. On the other hand, kids also get jealous during this phase of the party. If one child wants something another got for his or her birthday, some drama might ensue. It’s better to be safe than sorry and to open the presents up after everyone leaves.
Ask two or three other parents to help you out
The added support of two or three other parents at the party will make a huge difference. With more parents there, all the kids will be more effectively supervised and usually better behaved. They may be able to get away with some things in the presence of one or two adults, but they aren’t usually able to do so in the presence of five adults.
Kids are especially susceptible to the burst of energy and the subsequent energy crashes that sugar offers. Limiting sweets at the party and serving cake at the very end will help you avoid dealing with several highly energetic kids one minute and several tired, grumpy kids the next minute.
About the Author: Lisa is a mother and guest blogger. She often writes about things like child behavior, being a working mom, and Mario party supplies.
Photo credit: Tonya Staab.
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