Birthday parties are a BIG deal! Turning a year older is exciting, especially for younger children. For many of us, birthday parties are some of our favorite childhood memories. With good planning, birthday parties can be enjoyable for everyone involved, including the parents. As one of the most popular birthday party entertainers in the Portland metro area, here are a few tips I’ve gathered from years of performing!
Here are my top ten tips for a great birthday party:
#2 – Be Flexible!
Even the best plans should include some room for unexpected changes. Guests may arrive late, uninvited siblings might show up and activities might take more or less time than you think. Have backup plans ready just in case you need to make last-minute changes. These might include things like additional games, another venue (in case of inclement weather, for example), and having extra party favors on hand. Don’t stress about little inconveniences, your child won’t notice. Just roll with the punches!
#4 – Involve the Birthday Child
In addition to helping choose the theme, it’s fun to involve the birthday child in most of the planning. After all, it’s their special day! Sit down with your child and discuss the choices (be prepared with some ideas that might help steer them in the right direction). Let your child help with the guest list, invitations, food, decorations, games, etc. Spending time planning the birthday party together will strengthen your bond with your child, help teach them responsibility, and make the big day more special an personalized for them!
#6 – Have Age-Appropriate Food
Don’t plan too much time for food, kids these days inhale food as fast as it comes! Plan 10-20 minutes max for the kids to have cake and/or some finger foods. Times are changing from the days where pizza, Kool-aid and Cheetos were a great meal to have at a party! Nowadays many people are eating healthier. The best thing to do is offer a wide variety of foods so guests are sure to find something they like, as well as something their parents will approve of. Remember to keep the food simple. Easy party foods to serve include things like pigs in a blanket, sub-sandwiches, string cheese, fruits and vegetables, and other finger foods.
#8 – Capture the Memories
Make sure you have your phone/camera ready, with plenty of memory and batteries. You don’t want to miss any of the fun or special moments. Pass the camera to someone else to make sure that you’re in some of the pictures. Also, remember to take at least one group photo at some point during the party. You can send a copy to each child with the thank you note.
#10 – Have Fun and Enjoy
Each birthday only comes once, so take the time to enjoy the celebration of your child turning a year older. Don’t worry if everything doesn’t go according to plan. Sometimes, the unplanned moments become the most memorable! Take some time during the party to simply look around and see how much fun your child is having. After all, that’s what it’s all about!