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How to Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party

Updated on June 29, 2012

Planning a birthday party for your child is a milestone in your life as it marks the anniversary of your parenthood. However, you need to admit that planning a birthday party is easier said than done. Successful birthday parties do not just happen, they are well-planned. You need to have numerous party ideas for birthday. Here is the checklist that you need to remember when planning a birthday party for your child and his guests will enjoy.

Date and Time

It is always best to schedule your child’s birthday party on a weekend, but make sure that it will not fall on her ballet recital or his baseball championship game. If your child’s birthday coincides with a holiday, ensure that you mail out the invitations earlier or move the party to a different date.

Party Supplies and Decorations

Decorate your venue with paper streamers, balloons, posters, or banners and see the magic how they will transform it to a special place. You can also get party hats and name tags with designs that complement the birthday party theme. If you will inquire from party suppliers, most of them will offer you more party ideas for making your child’s birthday party more enjoyable and fun.

The Party Theme

When planning a birthday party for your child, the first thing you need to determine is a unique birthday party theme that will create the mood of the party. Ask your child to help you decide for a good theme that could work. Blue-themed party, jungle animals or Safari party, pirate party, and train party will do the trick for boys while the girls will surely enjoy a pink-themed party, princess party, or a fairy party. Some kids prefer a licensed character, such as Sponge Bob, Ben 10, Thomas, McQueen, Barbie, Dora, and The Disney Princesses, while others choose superheroes like The Justice League, The Avengers, or Marvel Superheroes.

A sample of personalized invitation card for your child's birthday party
A sample of personalized invitation card for your child's birthday party | Source


You can either design your own invitation based on your birthday party theme or buy ready-made invitations and fill them out. You can browse the internet for ideas and designs of your invitation. You can also search the internet for ready-to-print invitations that will match the theme of your child’s birthday party.

Birthday Cake

The birthday cake is the centerpiece of your child’s birthday party. You can bake your child’s own cake and decorate it to match your child’s birthday party theme or you can opt to order one from the your favorite bakeshop bakeshop that creates a themed cake for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions. You can also serve cupcakes to your guests.

A Barbie birthday cake
A Barbie birthday cake | Source

Party Favors

Party favors are a must in every kid’s birthday parties. It is a great way to end your child’s birthday party. You can put candies, lollipops, or jelly beans in a goody bag, paper cup, or personalized pails that will match the theme of the birthday party. You can also use CD envelopes as holders for stationery sets.

Party Entertainer

Getting the service of a party entertainer is one of the best party ideas for a birthday party. You can hire a clown, magician, face painter, balloon twister, tattoo artist, ventriloquist, or simply a host to supervise the games for the birthday party. When choosing a children’s entertainer, consider the age of your child and his guests. Some toddlers are scared of clowns, puppets, and mascots while preschoolers will definitely enjoy balloon twisters, face painters, and ventriloquists.

Suggested Party Themes for Your Child's Birthday Party

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      Teresa Martinez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Many readers will be interested in your article since parents do not usually pass up the chance to have a celebration for their kids' birthdays. I'll be reading more of your articles over the next few days.

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Hello Kabayan! This is quite a useful guide. Bookmarking it now and voting it up and useful as it is. Planning a party can be stressful and enjoyable at the same time, I know.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Useful Hub. Great tips and advise. Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      houseofjcjee 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks, Jan! I am more than glad to help parents and party planners to prepare for their child's party. My husband designed the invitation card, which we mailed out for our son's birthday, and the cake was ordered from a local bakeshop. Yes, it was indeed yummy. The kids kept asking for more.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Really good article. This is sure to help those first time mums and dads to give their child a really good party and those who find it hard to get to grips! Loved the invitation idea and the cake looks yummy!


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