If you’re planning to host your child’s birthday party, you’re probably looking for a variety of games and activities to keep your child and their friends engaged and entertained. You should prepare options for everyone, such as hiring a kid's birthday party entertainer. For your party to be a success, use this guide of do’s and don’ts to help you get started.
Send RSVPs with your invitations.
When you send out your kid’s birthday party invitations, make sure to include all the relevant information, such as the place, date, and time. Including an additional card with a self-addressed and stamped envelope can make it easier for your guests to quickly respond, and it can help you plan a party based on the number of people you expect to entertain.
Planning all the games and activities for a group of kids can be challenging, especially if they are excited and want to play. A professional entertainer, such as a party magician, knows how to corral a rowdy group of kids and can keep their attention. By hiring entertainment, it’ll be easier for you to manage the other priorities of holding a party. Plus, for many of the kids, the entertainment will likely be the highlight of the party. Take advantage of the window of time the entertainer provides and clean up, rearrange tables, or prepare the cake as the final activity for the day.
Be sensitive to dietary needs.
If your child or other children attending the party have allergies to milk, gluten, peanuts, or other food items, make sure you’re aware of their dietary needs before the party. Including a question about any allergies and dietary restrictions or preferences in your invitation will also help you tweak refreshment options ahead of time. Asking parents to make you aware of any allergies before the party will not be considered invasive or rude, but rather caring and informative.
Open gifts at the party.
Many parents make a point to avoid opening gifts at parties, especially with younger children. Opening gifts in front of others can create jealousy or unwanted competition over toys and gifts that are meant to bring joy. This also gives your child the chance to open gifts in a quiet environment afterward, allowing them to enjoy each gift without feeling any pressure.
Worry about entertaining adults.
Your kid’s birthday party is meant for the children. Don’t feel like you have to keep up with the other parents and what they’re doing for their kid's parties. Your child will be happy to have a party and be surrounded by their friends for a couple of hours. If you have parents attending, feel free to offer them an adult beverage and spark up a conversation, but avoid making the party all about the adults who will be attending.
Prepare a full meal.
A child’s party shouldn’t last more than a few hours. This doesn’t quite leave enough time for everyone to eat a full meal. You also don’t want to spend too much time cooking or dealing with leftovers. Instead, provide some finger foods or sandwiches that are easy to eat and don’t require much attention to prepare.
There are many factors to remember when planning a kid’s birthday party, but one of the easiest things to check off the to-do list is a party magician. For years, Marco The Magician of Cold Spring, NY, has provided mystifying shows for kid’s parties, bar mitzvahs, and corporate events. To schedule your next party, give them a call today at (212) 502-0148. Read more about their services online.