Kids always have a lot of fun at birthday parties. If you are hosting a birthday party for your son or daughter, here are some tips that will make your planning process a little easier:
Tip # 1 – Cost
Before you even start the planning process, set a budget for the party. You may want to give your child everything and to give them a huge party at the zoo or somewhere elaborate but can you really afford it? Kids are going to have fun no matter where they go as long as they are with their friends and there is something for them to do. Planning a birthday party to be at your own home can be less stressful on you financially but you will be responsible for every detail like the invitations, cake, and birthday favor boxes. Your child is going to have multiple birthdays throughout their lifetime so don’t force yourself to go into debt to try and “wow” them with an impressive party.
Tip # 2 – The guests
How many kids are planning to come to the party? You need to know the exact number since you are planning to hand out some birthday favor boxes at the end of the party. Birthday favor boxes are a lot of fun to send home with your guests as it gives them a chance to remember the fun party for several weeks or even years to come. Sit down with your child and go over the guest list to make sure no one was left out from the party.
Tip # 3 – The food
You will need to have a birthday cake along with some other snacks. While you probably don’t need to serve the kids an actual meal, you need to be prepared to have some food ready for them. Kids are always hungry so try to serve some healthy snacks like fruits instead of just always offering potato chips and sugary snacks. A lot of kids really like Chex Mix and it’s simple, healthy snack for them to have.
Tip # 4 – The birthday favor box
Now that you have the location, the food, and the guest list narrowed down you can move onto the fun part, the birthday favor box. The paper birthday favor box tends to be the most popular one out there because it’s easy to make and a lot of them get thrown away anyhow. The paper you use needs to be thicker from normal paper. Opt for some cardstock as it is pretty durable and you won’t have the same problems with it that you will with flimsy paper. How big does the box need to be? What are you planning to put inside the box? Will it be filled with candy and other heavy objects like bubbles and bouncy balls? If this is the case you may need to reinforce the paper by using another sheet of paper or using some cardboard in between the paper layers.
You can leave the paper box how it is and let the kids color it and decorate it or you can choose to decorate them. Place a nice layer of fabric over the body of the body and then use glue to write out each child’s name. This is a fun way to make the box stand out a bit so the kids look at them as a memento versus something they should toss.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making your own birthday favor box you can purchase some plastic boxes from the store. These colored plastic boxes are pretty popular as they are durable and the kids can decorate them.