Thursday, April 12, 2012

How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Party Easy for You ~ Guest Blogger

Birthday parties are a lot of fun for kids, but they’re not always a blast for parents. Parents have to make sure the birthday boy or girl stays happy and all of the other little party guests stay safe and relatively well behaved. So, there’s little time for parents to sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals at a children’s birthday party. Once it’s all said and done, though, few parents regret throwing their children birthday parties year after year. The smile on your child’s face after he or she finishes blowing out the birthday candles makes all the effort worth it. Still, you might be wondering how to make things easier on yourself when you’re planning and throwing your child’s party. Here are a some tips to help you do that:

Don’t procrastinate

It is sometimes difficult to fit planning a party into your busy schedule, especially if you work full-time and have a whole list of other responsibilities to take care of on a daily basis. However, it’s essential that you set aside some time for planning and prepping for your child’s party. If you wait until the last minute to order the party supplies, bake the cake, prepare the party snacks, and plan the party activities, you’re almost certainly going to have a tough, stressful time. If you take care of all of this in advance, however, you won’t have to scramble.

Remember that busy children are happy children

There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of bored children over at your house for a few hours. So, plan out some fun activities for the kids to play throughout the party, or consider throwing the shindig at a party play center like an indoor moon bounce arena. Just keep the kids occupied, so they stay out of trouble and don’t get in any tiffs.

Make sure you have some helpers

Make sure your older children and spouse are at the party to help you out. Additionally, you may want to ask other family members to come or ask some of the parents of the party guests to come. If there are a good amount of adults and older children at the party, you won’t have to worry as much about supervising the kids at all times, all by yourself. 

Don’t expect perfection

A party for kids is not going to be perfect. One of the party guests may spill punch on your white sofa, and your child may end up getting in a fight with his or her best friend. Additionally, one of the children at the party will inevitably trip, fall, and scrape a knee. Make sure you have a first aid kit on hand, phone numbers that will allow you to reach all the parents of the party guests, and a “go with the flow” attitude. Expecting everything to go as planned is unrealistic, and you’ll feel a lot less frustrated when things do go wrong if you adjust your expectations.

About the Author: Melissa is a guest blogger who writes about being a mom, ways to handle stress as a parent, and where to find Mario party supplies.

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