With a little planning and imagination, you can help your child have the best birthday celebration ever.
- Decide on the number of guests to invite. Some schools with small classes have a rule that if you invite more than half a class, you should invite the remainder of the class to avoid making anyone feel left out. Even if it’s not an official rule, you may want to follow this guideline to avoid hurt feelings.
- 2 Get your child’s input. Let him or her decide on a theme, such as a cartoon character, a movie, or a favorite sport or other activity.
- Select party favors, room and table decorations, snacks and games to illustrate this theme.
- Pick a locale for the party, whether it’s at home, in a park, or at a family fun center or restaurant. Make sure the environment is appropriate for the kids’ age and energy level.
- Choose entertainment for the guests, such as arts and crafts or old-fashioned games like musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey. If your child is older, consider throwing a pool or slumber party.
- Keep foods simple – pizza, ice cream, chips, cookies, fruit and juice are perennial favorites.
- Decide, based on the age of the guests, whether you want to include a time for opening presents or wait to open them later. Keep in mind that younger guests may get confused as to whom the presents are for.
- Mail invitations directly to the guests, or send them in care of their parents or guardians, and ask for an RSVP. When the guardians call to confirm, you can discuss party logistics, such as food and dress.
- Request that an adult accompany children under 5. Provide for the needs of the adults at the party as well. For older kids who are being dropped off, be sure to let the parents know when they can expect to pick their children up.