The dread sets in when the little voice tells you they want a party. Not only that, but a party at home. You’ve avoided it for so long and found the alternatives worked fine – the Soft-Play Party, Town Hall with bouncy castle; the Superhero entertainers; 10 Pin Bowling… anything really that didn’t involve hard work and messing up your home. They were all a success with varying degrees of fuss; all were pricey but then they have to be don’t they? You never planned on cooking and baking and jazzing your home up for a party. The mess! The cost! The hassle!
Don’t fear, planning a children’s party doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Follow these 6 steps and you’ve no need to avoid the “I want a party in the house” conversation:
- I’ve created this handy PARTY PLANNING LIST to help with your planning. You can ensure you don’t miss out the important details and you’ll blast the shopping in under an hour! I spent under £30 on a party for 6 – but had enough for 10 children.
- Get the children involved. We held a summer party last week and my little assistants (party attendees) helped make all the sweet treats and decorations, saving lots of time. It’s a good week long project for them. They will never run out of ideas for tat decorations on your walls!
- If children do help, change your expectations on what looks pretty and appropriate. The party might not be Pinterest worthy, but it’ll be fun. One little buddy insisted on making Christmas decorations for our summer party. He was delighted with them on the hall table. Another child made a terrifying grinning sunshine decoration. Again, she was over the moon with it. Why should I bother? It’s their party after all (and less work for me).
- Don’t have losers in games. First place always gets a medal and sweets in my house, but the losers get a treat too. I know it’s a good lesson to learn, we can’t win them all, it’s the taking part that counts… but it’s party. A happy time. Let them all win! The time taken to tend to a crying loser, is time you could be plating up an entire buffet. Trust me, I’ve been there.
- Don’t spend a fortune if you don’t want to. A good children’s party doesn’t need fancy food, decorations or games. Simple works best here, with the cake maybe being the exception. My Party Planning list has a breakdown of what I buy for parties and there is a column where you can detail your costs as you go along so you stick to budget.
- Would you rather relax when the kids have gone or tidy up toys? If you keep your childs’ toys around they could get broken or thrown around. Our play room got trashed during a party (not by my mindees). I just wanted to chill with some Cava. Consider hiding toys away before the party if you don’t want the tidy up exercise afterwards.
Also, see my post 20 Free (Or Cheap) Outdoor Things To Do With The Kids This Summer if you’re looking for summer holiday ideas.