Every child looks forward to their birthday. Throwing a successful birthday party will make them feel special, and will surely add up to their collection of great childhood memories. Children, especially at a young age, are not very demanding, and it doesn’t take much to keep them entertained for a couple of hours. But, what happens if you want to take the party to the next level and invite the adults too? We believe you don’t want to neglect your older guests, but you also want the children to be safe and amused. Well, there are a couple of things you have to take care of if you want both you and your guests to enjoy the celebration. Here’s a list of some tips you should consider if you wish to throw a successful birthday party.
Not all the Activities Require a Lot of Adult Help
As you already know, kids will play with almost anything. But most of their games require your engagement. Especially if they’re playing with dirt or paint, you’ll probably have to monitor them and clean the mess later. That requires a lot of work, but luckily, there is a way to avoid it.
Create a list of fun games the children can play without being monitored. For example, write the names of different games and put them in a box. Children can pull out the papers randomly, and each one of them will represent the game they’re going to play next. That way, you will avoid unnecessary conflict, and the party will remain engaging. The games you should consider are hide and seek, treasure hunt, hopscotch or even jump-rope. Your kids will love it, and you’ll enjoy a stress-free party.
Children Can Play Multiple Games at the Same Time
Let’s face it- kids are not particularly fond of sharing. If you aim to avoid disagreement between the youngsters, set up different toys so that plenty of children can have fun together. Give them bikes, footballs and ride on toys and their entertainment will never end.
If you want to throw the party in your backyard, a good idea would be to take some toys outside and engage the children to play with them. If your child has a special toy that isn’t for sharing, with other kids, remember to hide it somewhere until the party is over.
Separate the Food and Drinks
Not all kids want to eat casserole for dinner. But that doesn’t mean adults should settle for mac and cheese and potato chips either. Try to prepare two dinners. Serve classics such as hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the children. Or even serve a healthier version of fast foods. Adults should enjoy a full-course dinner.
The same goes for drinks. Serve juice and water for kids in plastic cups, and save the glasses for older guests. It would be ideal if you could set up two different tables. Kids will love the separation from adults, and you’ll finally be able to talk to other people without being interrupted.
Hire an Entertainer
Games are engaging, but wouldn’t it be exciting to hire a professional to enhance the overall experience? Almost all children want to watch balloon twisting and experience face painting.
Nothing brings adults and children together quite like professional kids party entertainment.
Adults can watch the show too, and you’ll be at ease knowing that kids won’t get in any trouble in the next hour or so. That would be a magical experience for your child, as well as the guests that are a bit older.
Most kids are normally pretty hyperactive and playful. They will touch things they shouldn’t and maybe get themselves hurt. You don’t want your child’s birthday party to turn into a disaster. Children should play in a safe environment, and if there’s anything that might harm them, you should keep it out of their reach.
If you’re throwing a party in the yard, always remember to move your tools, lawnmowers, and trimmers to the shed and lock it. On the other hand, if kids are going to be in the house, remove easily breakable objects and make sure kids won’t bump into anything. You don’t want anybody to get hurt, and these are the most common accidents that happen if children are not careful enough.
Playing an active role as a parent in your child’s life is a true blessing, both for you and for them. You have to be there to support them during significant moments. But you also have to give them space and let them explore the world on their own. Don’t push them to sit with you for they don’t want to chat and behave. Children have different wishes and needs. Forcing them to meet yours will only make everybody upset. Let the kids play, and they will eventually grow tired and join you.