5 Steps to Creating a Memorable Children's Party
by Amber Joy Imhoff
Description: Tips for having a fun, memorable birthday party for your child.
Do you dread the thought of planning your child's next party whether it
be birthday party or holiday party for school? The following steps
will take melt those worries away and help you create a lifetime of
memories at your next children's party.
Step 1 ~ Remember bigger is not always better.
When I was in Kindergarten my mother decided to invite the entire
Kindergarten at my school to my party. The guest list totaled over 65
children and we spent the next two days cleaning up my room after the party.
Step 2 ~ Set a budget.
Know how much you are willing to spend for the overall party. This
will keep you less stressed out and will keep your children happy as they
will know exactly what is available and what is not available for their
party. Remember to take into account the cost of the following: cake
and other food, entertainment, goodie bags (if you will have them),
invitations and thank you cards, party ware, film or disposable cameras,
and decorations. Just because a company offersa low group rate does
not mean it is a good deal. Check to see what the group rate include and
figure in what else you will need to spend to get the other items you
desire for your children’s party.
Step 3 ~ Fun and appropriate for all guests
When making planning decisions for your party take into consideration
all the different types of people you will have present at your child’s
party. Things to think about are eating habits, allergies, age,
gender, and behavior. Some children may for various reasons not eat meat
so if offering sandwiches or other food items be sure to have an
alternative. The same goes for children with allergies. This will help to
ensure all children can participate. If your child has a friend who is
allergic to chocolate and they want a chocolate cake you may want to
have cupcakes instead to ensure everyone can participate in the
Make sure that all activities are age and gender appropriate for all
children involved. Your child probably has friend who are a mixture of
being shy and or having lots of extra energy to avoid meltdowns
have a room or area set aside where children can get a glass of water
and color when they need time to cool down from the rest of the group.
Step 4 ~ Allow your child to plan the party with you!
Allow your child to choose a party theme that goes along with their
interests. Remember this is their special day and something they will
remember the rest of their lives. Their interests will change as they
grow older and so will the type of party they desire. Children can easily
help pick a theme, come up with fun games, make party invitations and
Step 5 ~ Goodie bags
The minute your child comes home from a party do you begin to plot how
to hide the extra candy and toys from those cute little goodie bags as
you dread them finding their way in all the little hidden crevices of
your house? If you do the parents of your child’s friends probably do
to. One great way to solve this problem is to pick a party theme where
the entertainment is an activity for the children to make something to
take home. However if your child has chosen a different type of party
the best way to avoid little trinkets is to pick something that goes
along with the theme that will be memorable and not just made into
Example goodie bags: a pillowcase for a slumber party, a water bottle for a
sports party, a flash light for a laser tag party, etc.
Follow these steps and your are sure to have a party your child will
remember forever and one you too can look back on with joy instead of
Amber Joy Imhoff is a children's party planner with Noah's Ark Workshop. She
currently resides in Ohio with her husband Jason. Imhoff has more than
ten years experience working with youth. http://www.noahsarkworkshop.com/amberimhoff1132
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