There’s a good chance that if you look through your family photo album, there’s at least one picture of you as a child, standing over a birthday cake with candles shining brightly, poised to make your birthday wish.
A kid’s birthday party can be a beautiful memory, a rite of passage for the child, and if you don’t do it right… a nightmare for you as the parent. Not only that, but not following “kid birthday party etiquette” could cause issues for your child in the future.
However, if you plan it properly and have the right help available to you, your kid’s birthday party can be a wonderful experience for everyone. We’ve answered some of your most pressing questions when it comes to planning a memorable experience for your child and (saving yourself some headaches in the process.)
Who Should I Invite?
Your guest list will likely depend on your child’s age. If they are a toddler or a preschooler, they’ll have fewer guests than an older kid. To calculate the appropriate amount, figure your child’s age plus one (so a 4-year old would invite 5 guests). If your child is school age, you’ll want to consider their classmates. If they plan to invite more than half of their classmates to the party, you should invite all of them. If a handful of children are left out, it could cause hurt feelings. If you’re only inviting a few friends from their class, it’s okay to send cupcakes or snacks to the classroom for them to celebrate with their classmates another time.
Should I Serve Food?
If you’ll be holding your party during prime meal times like 11:30 am-1:30 pm or 4 pm- 6 pm, it’s a good idea to serve food. If your party is during other times throughout the day, you should have drinks available and snacks for party goers to munch on. If parents will be staying throughout the party, you’ll want to include them in the headcount. A cake is always appreciated and helps make your child feel special.
Where Should I Have It?
The allure of a home-based birthday party is strong: you can invite as many people as you’d like, bring in any food you want, and save money on a venue. But there are also quite a few drawbacks to that plan.
1) You will have children running through and around your house. While their parents may be there, they’ll likely be talking to other parents, not making sure that Little Susie doesn’t knock over your grandmother’s crystal.
2) You’ll be responsible for purchasing and preparing all the food and supplies, setting up and cleaning up.
3) You’ll have to find activities to keep them entertained for several hours. The last thing you want in your home is a group of rowdy, unfocused children.
4) You’ll be so busy working your child’s birthday party, that you won’t be able to fully enjoy it.
On the other hand, you could hold your kid’s birthday party at Glowzone, an indoor amusement park in Las Vegas. We’ve got packages to fit every budget, and we’ll do everything for you so you can sit back and enjoy the celebration. The room will be set up, the food will be prepared, and when the party is over, you get to head to your nice, clean home. We even include a party host to help during the event. Plus, your child and his/her friends will have access to unlimited attractions.
Should We Open Presents at the Party?
While some parents opt for a no-present policy, others do allow guests to bring a gift. If that’s the case, save the presents for later. Time at the party should be spent having fun, playing with friends, and eating yummy cake. Kid’s birthday parties only last few a few hours so you should make the most of them. Plus, you don’t want anyone getting jealous about the presents, or feeling bad because they didn’t buy anything as nice.
Should My Child Send Thank You Cards?
Yes! Not only are Thank You cards an important lesson in gratitude for your child, but also for the guests. What better way to show friends they are appreciated, than to send a thank you card for attending and for whatever gift they bring.
Your kid’s birthday party should be a happy memory for them well into adulthood. When you plan well and get help to ease your stress, your child may just wish for another party when they blow out the candles.