Let’s face it — just the term “kid party” makes many of us cringe. Between getting the heebie jeebies at germ-filled venues like Chuck E. Cheese (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and rounding up a bunch of kids who are hopped up on trans-fatty frosting sugar, it’s hard to get pumped about them. However, with a few tweaks, birthday parties can be loads of fun for both kids and adults. Here's how to throw a successful birthday party — without going insane:
1. Rent a bounce house. Seriously — if it’s within your financial means, just do it. Sure, they’re not the most original thing around, but every parent there will thank you for allowing them to have some down time and possibly even some decent adult conversation while their kids bounce around like human popcorn kernels. We actually just threw a party for my son and got a bouncy slide, which was a huge hit!
2. Get everyone in on the act. Themes for kid birthday parties are nothing new, but I've been invited to a few parties in the past year or so that have also gotten the parents in on the theme with minimal effort. One of my friends threw a “Stache Bash” for her son, and everyone came donning their favorite mustache. It sure made for great photos!
3. If you’re ordering food, order far more than you need. I've made the mistake of under ordering a few times and, although it all worked out in the end, it caused me a tremendous amount of stress during the party. An unhappy and anxious party thrower can send shockwaves through an otherwise joyous event. It’s your party but we don’t want you to cry (even if you want to).
4. Consider hosting the party in a park or other outdoor venue, especially if you live in an area known for generally nice weather. Nothing creates a festive vibe like a nice, sunny day, and it keeps you from cleaning your house for days afterwards. My babysitter actually threw her daughter a party at a nearby horse ranch, and it was absolutely adorable. She gave every kid a handkerchief and a cowboy hat so, again, getting great photos from the event was a sure thing.
5. Don’t forget the party favors! You don’t have to go over the top but what I love about party favors is it keeps kids from throwing temper tantrums when they have to leave. It works on my kids every time!
Do you have any tips for throwing a successful kid birthday party? We’d love to hear them!