It’s exciting (as well as slightly daunting) whenever your child has a birthday coming up – you want them to have a special day with loved ones but it can sometimes take a lot of planning to bring it all together. So, here we have put together a mini checklist of things you have to consider before the festivities come around. Keep on reading to find out.
Although it’s not all about the gifts, this is still an important part of the day, particularly for kids. You’re best off getting age-appropriate gifts to ensure it’s something they’ll actually put to good use – for instance, see toys for teenage girls from Wicked Uncle here. The right gift means that they have memories of their birthday to last the year and beyond, so it’s important to give it some thought.
If you’re having a party or gathering, you need to ensure you send the invites out in good time so that people can RSVP and you can plan accordingly. If you’re holding a get-together at home, think about inviting close family and your child’s best friends. You could even consider surprising your son or daughter with a party to make it more fun for them.
A Birthday Cake and Food
What is a birthday celebration without a cake? Get them a personalized one that represents something they love – it could be a hobby of theirs, an animal, an interest, or simply their favorite colors. You could even create this yourself to make it extra special, with a happy birthday message iced on top.
As well as cake, if you are having visitors over you need to at least provide some snacks to keep everyone happy. Consider making some finger food that people can pick at, like sandwiches, pizza, pastries, fruit, chips ‘n’ dips, etc. You could even crack out the BBQ in the garden if this is an option for you – this is sure to be popular with guests of all ages.
It’s always a good idea to have an activity when kids are involved, to keep them busy and make the day more fun. This could be anything from hiring a magician or clown to setting up a bouncy castle in the backyard. Again, this depends on how old the kids are and what they enjoy, so make sure you talk to them, their friends, or other parents before making arrangements.
If you’re wanting to have a big birthday bash, you’re probably going to have to rent a venue out, as your house won’t be able to host everyone. You could get a space in a restaurant or at an events venue that caters for children’s parties. Assess your budget and see what would work best – if you can’t afford to have loads of people in a big venue, then shorten the guest list and make it so you can hold it at home.
No need for panic or stress – if you plan enough, the day should run smoothly and you’ll have a happy child! Then it’s just another 365 days until the next one…
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