Your Child's Birthday Party - 7 Ideas For Making it Successful
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Celebrate Your Child's Birthday
Children love attention and birthday parties give them freedom to be at the center of it. For one day out of the year, give your child the recognition they so deserve. Give them a birthday party.
Many times, the younger children in a family are hauled to every kind of practice, event, occasion and meeting that not only isn't for them, but has nothing to do with them. In and out of booster seats, enduring hours of boring activities, eating more chicken nuggets than a human being was ever meant to eat, and finally arriving back home with no time for one-on-one attention from anyone.
If this sounds familiar to you, it does to most families with children. And even though birthday parties can be overdone and it often feels like there's one every weekend to attend, there needs to be special attention given to your child for her/his special day too.
Don't look at it as though you'll be tied to hosting her/him a birthday party every year for the rest of your life. In just a few short years, they will consider birthday parties immature and your opportunities will be over.
Here are 7 ideas from a grandmother whose been there.
1. Plan ahead. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. Remember, your child is worth giving 100%...not of your money, but of you.
2. Organization, organization, organization!
3. Plan a theme that interests your child, not everyone else's child. Remember, this day is your child's turn to be prince/princess for a day.
4. Work with that theme. The invitations, banners, cake, favors, decorations, activities, etc., can all be done according to theme, and often quite inexpensively. You've started planning early, so there's time to be creative.
5. Don't invite so many other children that the birthday boy/girl gets lost in the mayhem. If you invite 20 children without enough helpers and patience, there will be chaos.
6. This might sound rude, but get rid of as many parents as possible. For some reason, children tend to be much better behaved when mom and dad aren't around. Have family members and close friends committed to being present. Go over the rules and gently and lovingly encourage good behavior.
7. Stick to a schedule. Start at a specific time and end at a specific time. When it's over, begin cleaning up and making it obvious that the party has ended. Keep yourself politely bustling about so the parents who come to pick up their children will see that now is not the time for lingering.
Remember, the day isn't over. Your birthday boy/girl can begin to feel pretty low when all the attention abruptly stops and you exclaim how exhausted you are. It's a lot like the feeling they get when the last present has been opened at Christmas.
Now's the time for you and your birthday girl/boy to spend some special alone time together, or at least time when your attention can be focused on them with no interference. Let them talk. Have a conversation about what they care about. Hug them. Cuddle with them. Take a walk together. Read a story to them. Tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them.
Your child's birthday is reason to celebrate. Don't let these short years end without doing all you can to build good memories they will never forget.