Try these 5 planning tips for children’s parties

16 May 2014

Children’s parties are getting bigger and bigger and often you get the impression moms are simply trying to outdo each other and impress the grown-up guests. Here are our top 5 tips to keep the day simple but special so you’re able to look back on the heart-warming, stress-free memories of this special occasion for years to come.

Children’s parties are getting bigger and bigger and often you get the impression moms are simply trying to outdo each other and impress the grown-up guests. Here are our top 5 tips to keep the day simple but special so you’re able to look back on the heart-warming, stress-free memories of this special occasion for years to come.

Party planner Carol Phonson from Kids Party Stuff shares advice she’s picked up over the years.

  1. Keep it simple! If the party is too fancy, you lose a child’s attention and that creates more work for you.
  2. Have age-specific games. If you decide to do crafts, keep it basic with children between the ages of two and four. Face painting is a big hit with younger kids, airbrush tattoos with older kids.
  3. Consider the venue. Kids love playing outdoors so try to plan the bulk of the party in your garden or at an outdoor venue if the weather allows. Also, try not to separate adults and kids. If you do, some younger children will cling to their moms in another room instead of enjoying themselves with the kids. If the party is indoors, make sure the parents are at the same level/room as the children. If guests have to be seated at a table, take the children’s’ height into account as little kids will fare better at kiddies’ tables.
  4. Keep in touch. In this digital age, SMS and email are much better than paper invitations which are often lost or ignored. Be sure to check up with your guests two days in advance to confirm their attendance and answer any questions they might have about siblings attending and so forth.
  5. Be careful with sweets and snacks. Try to keep the snacks as healthy as possible. Of course everyone loves a sweet treat at a party, but with a little planning and the help of SuperMom you can make healthy choices. And the moms will love you for it when they don’t have to deal with the sugar highs at home. Click here for fantastic snack and food ideas and recipes.

For party planning advice go to Phonson’s website at kidspartystuff.co.za

-Londiwe Dlomo

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