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How to Plan a Perfect Birthday Party for the Kids at Home: Tips and the Check List

Updated on April 26, 2020
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Being a parent herself,Chitrangada writes with experience about the likes, dislikes and fun activities that children may be interested in.

Bake your own cake and let the children participate in the process!
Bake your own cake and let the children participate in the process! | Source
Yes you can bake delicious cakes at home!
Yes you can bake delicious cakes at home! | Source
You can also order cakes from the nearby bakery shops
You can also order cakes from the nearby bakery shops | Source

Arranging a birthday party at home, needs prior planning:

All of us enjoy being invited to a party, or hosting a party. We want to celebrate, even the little joys, every achievement and happy moments, and keep our sweet memories, for a lifetime.

And why not? You get an opportunity to unwind, to socialize, to make new friends and overall to de-stress yourself.

The same is true for the children.

  • Birthdays are perhaps the most important days in their calendar, whether it’s their own birthday or their friend's birthday.
  • The parents being aware of this, make sure to make this, the most memorable day for the kids and themselves.
  • My kids are all grown up, but I do remember all the fun and enthusiasm, while planning the fun birthday party for them, at my home.
  • It all used to start much in advance, when they enthusiastically participated in making the list; of the delicious food items, to be prepared at home, or ordered from outside.
  • Children love sharing, and I remember the large packets of chocolates and snacks, which they used to distribute, in their classes, and the school assemblies.
  • New dress, new shoes, new ideas of decorations, and so much more, was arranged, or bought from the market.
  • And, what to say of their long - long list of friends, and the return gifts.
  • Those were the days of camera rolls for the photography, and not the digital images, as we have these days.
  • I have a precious collection of the photographs, of each of my children's birthdays.
  • Here, I am sharing some of my precious memories, of how I used to plan these birthday parties at home.

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Fruit mocktails for kids--homemade, nutritious and delicious! | Source

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The check list for arranging the birthday party of the children at home:

Here are some tips, if you are planning for your child's birthday party at home, or a hotel, or in a garden.

Make it a grand one!


  • First of all, make a list of the invitees.
  • Discuss with your child also, if he/ she is above 5 years of age.
  • If the children being invited are too small, you will have to invite their parents also.
  • If the party is only for the children, then make sure, someone from their family drops them at the venue of the party, and later on, picks them up, so that they are back home safely.
  • Note down the telephone numbers and address of their parents. It might be needed later on.
  • The invitations would look nice and exciting to the children, if they are handwritten or hand made, with colorful designs.
  • The invitations should be sent at least 4 to 5 days in advance. The guest also has to prepare to come to the party; buying gifts, choosing party dress etc.


  • The venue should be decided, keeping in mind the guest list.
  • Children parties are best organised at home. They feel at home and enjoy to the maximum.
  • If you have a big lawn or garden—wonderful. You will have to get it cleaned and arranged with chairs, tables etc. on the party day.
  • Remember, children need lot of open space, to play, to move around. So, make arrangements accordingly.
  • If you are arranging for an indoor party, be sure choose your most spacious room for that. It would be good to keep the central part vacant.

The Menu:

  • Children are a little choosy, when food is concerned. And obviously, you want them to eat and enjoy, what you serve. So, you have to be a little careful here, in the selection of dishes. Who wants leftovers?
  • Your child will be a good guide for you. Keep those items, which the children enjoy eating.
  • For this special day, forget about the nutrition part, which is always there in a mother's mind, while cooking for her children.

Simple cake recipe, source: You tube

Ordering for the Cake:

  • This is perhaps the most awaited moment, for the parents, as well as the children.
  • Remember to order, in keeping with the number of children or adults, invited for the party.
  • Make sure, it is delivered at the right time, to avoid the last minute tensions.
  • You on your part, have to keep the cake table ready, for its arrival.

Grocery and Decorations:

  • Make a list of of the items required and do your shopping, at least two days in advance.
  • Enough number of cutlery, plates, napkins, tablecloths, towels etc. should also be arranged.
  • Even if you have them at home, they should be cleaned and assembled, beforehand.
  • Decoration items, such as balloons, colour papers, birthday caps, toys, return gifts etc. should also be listed and arranged.
  • Make a 'TO DO LIST' and You can tick mark, yes, for those items, which you have arranged.


  • You would obviously want to cherish the memories of your child's special day.
  • For that, remember to charge your cameras, arrange for the extra memory cards and batteries, if required.

Non alcoholic rainbow drink for kids , source: YouTube

*Today is Your Birthday and it marks an extra turning point in your years because it will be filled with prosperity and success, Happy Birthday to You!

*One, two, three, four, five;

Five candles on your cake;

Blow them out and make your wishes;

And we send you birthday kisses.

Have a Happy Birthday!

Decorating with flowers
Decorating with flowers | Source
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Fun activities and games for the birthday parties:


  • The Children have loads of energy. So, you have to keep them busy, busy in some activities or the other activities. Pre plan the activities, keeping the age groups in view.
  • Tune in to some happy music of their choice. You may not like noise, but children love it.
  • You can arrange for some fun games, with which they are familiar.
  • You can even arrange for some puppet show or magic show.
  • Keep one to two hours for the activity time.
  • Everything may not go as you have planned. Do not be upset about that.
  • What matters is that everyone should enjoy and have fun and remember the occasion with a smile on their faces.

---------Have Fun!---------

Let them do what the children want;

Play, dance or even make noise;

Enjoy to the fullest with the kids;

And don't worry about the tidiness or cleanliness.

Arrange Birthday Party At Home

Birthday party at home with home cooked delicacies--Kids would love it
Birthday party at home with home cooked delicacies--Kids would love it | Source

Enjoy the Happy Birthday Song, Source: You tube

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you like arranging parties at home or elsewhere? Please share in the comments section.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy, for your lovely comments. I am glad that this reminded you of your childhood days. Such beautiful memories.

      I love baking and prefer to celebrate the birthdays of my loved ones, at home itself. Thank you for appreciating.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      This article made me zoom back to my childhood when we had birthday parties at home. My mother would always make our favorite type of cake once we were old enough to choose. Your decorated cakes are beautiful! You could be a professional baker!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Canetta John for reading and appreciating the article!

      Glad you liked it.

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      Canetta john 

      2 years ago

      All these tips are so helpful in making kid's party one step ahead at home. If it prepares with the themed party then it just looks like an icing on the cake.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ayesha, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you liked the ideas.

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      4 years ago

      Good job.......its realy usefull ideas n i realy like it.....

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for your positive comments!

      Glad you liked the kid's birthday party guide.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you poetryman6969, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Yes, these are all home made cakes. I enjoy baking cakes but now my daughter has taken over and makes delicious cakes.

      Thanks for appreciating the hub!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      A great birthday party guide! Thanks for all the details.

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      5 years ago

      Did you really make the fancy cakes depicted for a child's party? Did they appreciate how beautiful the cakes were--before they ate them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you pstraubie48, for your positive comments and appreciation of the hub.

      I am glad you liked the suggestions. While writing this, all through I was reminded of those lovely days when my kids were younger and so enthusiastic and excited about their birthday celebrations. I simply miss their sweet and wonderful childhood days.

      Thank you so much for voting up, sharing and pinning!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts, for your appreciation of this hub!

      Pleased to learn that you found it useful. Thanks for voting up and sharing too!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Good morning You are so right...the birthday DAy is so important to the little ones once they realize what 'birthday' means and it does not take long for that to happen.

      Lovely ideas and suggestions; a smoothie is a wonderfully refreshing beverage to serve too.

      Angels are on the way. Voted up and shared and Pinned ps

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      What a great hub! This is a wonderful guide for a childs birthday party. Well done. Voted up, useful and shared to my followers. Have a nice week!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks colorfulone, for your lovely comments!

      I am glad you liked this hub. Even I had my earlier days in mind while writing this hub. I remember the excitement of my kids for the birthday party and my own, fully enjoying each moment arranging for it. It was great fun and celebration time. My kids are all grown up now and in their jobs living elsewhere. Lovely memories!

      I am happy to tell you that this is one of my most visited hubs. Happy to share with young mothers.

      Many thanks for stopping by!

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      Susie Lehto 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, it looks to me like every child would love to have you throw them a birthday party. I use to love doing that when my kids were still at home. Lots of good memories while visiting your hubs, thank you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for your visit and comments!

      I am glad you found the tips helpful. I love planning birthday parties for kids at home and prepare all delicacies by myself. Its fun to watch the children enjoy to the fullest.

      Thanks again!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      So much goes into planning a successful party. Your list of helpful tips is wonderful - making it easy to plan a party for young ones.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks preeti, for your visit and valuable comments. Wow! I have a party planner visiting my hub. I feel very excited and curious about this profession--would visit your link.

      Thanks and welcome to HubPages.

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      7 years ago

      As a party planner , I know how difficult it is to arrange kids birthday party.You have shared important points that can make your party successful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your visit. I am glad you found it useful. Thanks.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Very useful voted up!!! Thanks

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sgbrown, for stopping by and appreciating. I am glad you found it to be useful.

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      There are so many things to keep in mind for a child's birthday party. You have done a great job here! Voted up and useful. :)

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Anil and Honey, for visiting and commenting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Dear shivanchirakkal!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I also believe, parties arranged at home have the personal touch as compared to parties at hotels. Thanks for appreciation.

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      7 years ago from Kerala

      Good,I will keep it my mind thanks.

    • shivanchirakkal10 profile image


      7 years ago

      dear chitra,

      Your hub is a very good guideline to those parent who arrange their children's birthday party in a hurry-berry way. Two type of families are there, the rich one and the upper middle class. The rich class, always make a call to the hotel and ask arrange hall and food for celebrating birth day. The lack of personnel attention, at many times lead to lot of confusion in the last minute even though they serve costly food. The upper middle class people who have not much idea try to follow the same as the one they attended earlier. Here also lesser ideas make the birth day party as substandard.

      Your hub enlightening each and every steps of a party, not only to a birth day part but also helps to other type celebrations.


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