Sunday, 1 March 2015

Planning a Kids party? Heres how to make it as stress-free as possible!

For children, birthdays can be very exciting times. You probably spoil your little ones rotten when it comes to their big day (what parent doesn't?), and your friends all probably do the same with their kids too. With a lot of gifts and a big fuss being made about them for one day, it's no wonder that so many children have high expectations for their birthdays. Every parent wants to do the very best they can by their child, and therefore some of us often feel the pressure to pull off an amazing day we know our little ones will love.  This can be a challenge, but by following these tips, you can make sure that the day is a roaring success - and something both you and your child can look back on fondly in the years to come.

Secure the numbers

You may think that being in charge of just one or two children at a time is hard enough - so you'll be in for quite a shock when all thirty of your children's friends rock up at your house expected a fully organized day! It's only natural to feel the pressure in this situation, but there are things you can do to make the whole thing a little easier. The first thing is working out how many kids you are going to be hosting, and a good way to do this is by asking for RSVPs from official invitations. Companies like Pure Invitation specialize in bespoke party invites, which as well as being a nice keepsake for your guests, can help you to keep track of numbers. Your child may not be trusted to invite their friends officially if they are very young, and asking parents over social media often makes it easy for them to bail at the last moment. Go old school with RSVP invitations, and you'll have a much better handle on your numbers on the day.

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Plan in advance

Children have a very short attention span, as many of us parents know all too well. That is why you need to have some games in place to keep them occupied for the whole afternoon, and to stop any fights breaking out. Children can become irritable when they are bored and may act up to get attention. So, make sure you have an abundance of activities at hand to keep the day ticking over nicely. It can also help to have some fellow mums on hand to act as back-up, so don't be afraid to ask your friends to chip in to help manage the day.

Don't overload them with sugar

Children's party food is notoriously sweet and sugary - and while there's nothing wrong with letting them indulge on a special occasion, be careful not to go overboard. Kids are very reactive to sugar, and it can send them extremely hyper within a short period of time. The last thing you want is having to call a load of angry parents to come and pick their kids up, because they've hit a sugar crash! Provide a balanced mix of healthy and fun party food and try and monitor what each child is eating as best you can.

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