We all know how important it is to throw an awesome birthday party for your child, both to you and to your kid.
And we all know how much work it is to organize everything well and just how stressful it can get. In this article, I wanted to present a basic checklist for a boy’s birthday party to help you make sure everything runs smoothly.
Estimate your budget and think about your options
Consider how many people you can invite and how big or small of a party you can have. Can you afford professional birthday service or will you do everything yourself will a little help from your friends?
Make a guest list
Consider if kids will be accompanied by their parents or not, whether to invite family members together with your kid’s friends and so on. Complete your guest list with phone numbers and invite people when you know your party details.
Set the date
This largely depends on your child’s and his guests’ age. Weekdays will work for toddlers, weekends will work best for family members and older children. If serving meals, lunch time is good, if serving just cake, two hours before or after meal time is best.
Choose a theme
Party planning is easier if you have a concept to work around. Talk to your child to see what he would like, choose something he is crazy about, like trucks or pirates or Frozen! You could hire someone who provides birthday entertainment services. You can’t go wrong with having your boy’s favourite superhero show up unexpectedly at his party!
Choose a location
Depending on the age and number of your guests, on the theme and the weather, chose your location. You can have the party at your home for young children, but for older kids, you have more options, like an amusement park, aquarium, beach, park, a restaurant, or you can rent a birthday playroom for a few hours.
Plan games and activities
If you won’t be hiring professional entertainers, then you should prepare a lot of short, fast-paced games and activities for all the kids. For indoors parties you can get a lot of printable colouring pages and puzzles, you can plan for some musical chairs or crafts, whereas outdoors are easier with competitions, hand paint, and freeze tag.
Order and buy birthday supplies
This is much easier with online shopping but start well in advance anyways. Get everything from invitation and thank you notes, party ware, decorations, games, craft and art materials, printable and inflatable toys. One unique idea is to get custom shirts printed. They can feature a cute text that will make your boy stand out or images of whatever the theme of a party is.
Prepare or order food and drinks
Make sure to ask parents if their kids are allergic to any foods. Solid food works best like muffins, buttercups, and cookies. Have ice-cream and lots of sweets. Smoothies and fruit punch are good for drinks. Of course, the cake should be made according to the wishes of the birthday boy.
Organize RSVPs, check the weather, clean the house, decorate, borrow extra furniture from neighbours if needed, ask relatives or friends to help monitor the kids, charge the camera and phone batteries, lock the pets, bring extra blankets if going outside, make sure candles are blown and the birthday song sang.
Most importantly, try to relax and have fun with your special boy on his special day!
Do you have any other tips? Share with us in the comments.