When planning a child’s party it is best to start thinking early so that you and your child can decide what you want and have plenty of time to get it just right.
Six to eight weeks before the Party:
Discuss with the party child the type of party they want.
Book your entertainment or venue if wanted.
Three weeks before the Party:
Make up a Guest List.
Select the invitations or make some yourself.
Send the invitations with an RSVP to be 7-10 days before the party.
Two weeks before the Party:
Organise someone to help you on the day of the party.
Start making a party plan.
One week before the Party:
Check final numbers and contact those who have not replied.
Order the Birthday Cake.
Plan the food, drink, ingredients and other goodies you will need. Plan the games and activities.
Two days before the Party
Do the final shop for food and goodies you don’t have.
One day before the Party
Prepare the food and refrigerate.
Clean up the house and yard.
Decorate the party area and prepare the table.
Have the camera ready.
Lock the pets away.
On the Day
Party Plan – Some Suggestions for Party Day.
- When the children arrive have a quiet activity until all the guests arrive. e.g a big sheet of paper with HAPPY BIRTHDAY written on it and supply some textas, crayons or coloured pencils for the children to do their own drawings on the sheet or a party colouring picture for each child.
- Give each child a nametag if you need to remember names.
- When the parents drop off the children make sure you have a phone number for each parent “just in case”
- If you have a Jumping Castle or other entertainment where they need to take turns it is good to divide the children into groups of 6 or 7 – Give each group a different coloured sticker to stick on their hands and then you can call out :” yellow group – your turn for the castle “
- When all have arrived let the children sit down in a circle while the birthday child opens the gifts.
- Outside games or Jumping Castle or Entertainer.
- One quietening game
- Party food
- Outside games. If you want to give prizes it is a good idea to make sure every child receives a prize.
- Gather the children together. Give them their cake/ goodies and wait for the parents to pick them up. This is another time to have a colouring sheet or similar.