What’s the Best Age to Start Throwing Birthday Parties?
4 is probably the best age in terms of your child really being able to appreciate more elaborate parties, decorations and activities. That’s not to say you shouldn’t throw one earlier!
Parties for 1 Year Olds
Little bubbas generally won’t be very interested in anything too extravagant but it is still a great time for all your family and friends to get together and celebrate such a special birthday. Work around naps and feeding times and try not to give your little one too much attention or they’re likely to get completely overwhelmed.
Parties for 2 – 3 Year Old
Simplicity is best for 2-3 year olds. Having an experienced entertainer to play lots of dancing and movement games is a great idea and will keep the children busy and amused. Anything too complicated and the children will lose interest
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Get organised early
Both children and parents have such hectic social calendars these days that it pays to send out invitations and book the entertainment early. Be sure to do your research and find out what other events are on which might clash with your dates, just to be on the safe side.
Don’t Overdo It
Make life easy for yourself and don’t overdo the length or the size of the party. Around 2-3 hours is generally enough time depending on the age of your partygoers and although it’s tempting to invite absolutely everyone to your child’s party, less is less stress.
Choosing the Right Venue
Parties don’t always have to be at home! If you’re stressing about how youre going to fit all those kids into your house or worried about the chaos, Scout Halls, Community Centres and Parks are great cheap alternatives.
Have a Wet Weather Plan
Try as we may we can’t always predict the weather. Even if it’s forecast for beautiful sunny skies, rain can still come out of now where and throw you in the lurch. Have a wet weather plan, an alternative venue if necessary and avoid the stress!
Invitation etiquette – Discretion is Key!
If you’re not inviting the whole class, talk to your child and teach them not to talk about their upcoming party at school. Fingers crossed they won’t and you can avoid hurting any feelings.
If you’re throwing a party, be clear on the invitation who is invited. If you’re happy for parents and siblings to attend say so if not it’s never rude to say so.
Preferably post out the invitations – this will also help to ensure that parents see them and help you chase up RSVPs later. We have free downloadable invitations on our website. Click here for more info!
Allow Time for People To Arrive
People will always be late, whatever the reason. It’s a great idea to organise your entertainment 15 – 30 minutes after the official start time of your party to allow as many people to arrive as possible.
Be Birthday Cake Ready
If you’re making your own cake it’s probably best to make it the day before the party. This way if anything goes wrong you have plenty of time to redo it before the party. If you’re getting a cake specially made it’s always a good idea to call the day before and make sure they haven’t forgotten your order!
Cupcakes are a great alternative to birthday cake. Everyone gets the same and they’re easy to distribute! Check out these awesome ninja cupcakes!
Be Aware of Any Food Allergies
It’s best to double-check with parents to be aware of any food allergies. Often parents will pack allergy free food for their child to bring to the party but it is always nice to offer a gluten-free and nut free option
DIY Party Bags
Save money and let your child get creative by buying brown paper bags and letting your child decorate them. Finish them off by tying them up with some coloured string or ribbon
When to Serve Food and Drinks
It’s best to feed the children before or after your party entertainer performs rather than during the performance. This ensures the entire time can be devoted to the performance and party activities. However it always helps to have a few snacks and drinks to keep everyone fueled throughout the party.
Party Food, Healthy Treats
It’s always a nice idea to have some healthy alternatives as well as the usual party treats, such as fruit and sandwiches. This is a great way to fill up little bellies and avoid sugar meltdowns and parents will be grateful for it.
Keep It Simple Superhero!
You don’t have to have an elaborate party to have a successful one. Keep it simple and keep your child happy. You’re better off getting their favourite princess or superhero along than worrying too much about lavish decorations and treats.
The birthday party is for the birthday child
Birthday parties require a lot of time and energy but don’t become so absorbed in throwing the grandest party that you make it your own. Make sure you run everything by your child – after all, they know what their friends like.
Enlist the help of a Superhero, Princess, Fairy or Army Command
Organising birthday parties can be stressful enough before even thinking about how you’re going to keep 15 + little munchkins entertained for an hour or so. This is where our amazing entertainers come in. Our professional entertainers make the party easy and stress-free for you and so entertaining for the kids. You’ll find you’ve got so much more time to actually enjoy the party yourself. A great entertainer is money well spent, your kids will love it and so will the other parents!
Prepare Your Child for Their Party
Birthday parties are super exciting but can also be overwhelming for your child. Having a little chat before the party is a great time to discuss acceptable behaviour, such as what parts of the house are off limits (e.g. Bedrooms), how to behave around their guests and good manners. This will help the party entertainers as well.
Keep in mind that older children can handle larger groups of people better than younger children.
Avoid confusion and tie a bunch of balloons or put party decorations at the entrance of your venue, house or somewhere near your venue to make sure its easy for everyone to find the party!
Have a Dedicated Area for Presents
Set aside a decorated table or a designated area for presents. This way nothing will go astray or get broken and you will know who brought what.
Get Kids Active!
As the guests arrive to your child’s party, direct them to a game or activity to break the ice and keep them busy. Kids have a short attention span and so much energy, especially on a stomach full of party food, so don’t leave them to their own devices. Make sure they have structure throughout the day to prevent them from getting bored or getting out of hand. This is where a superhero really saves the day – our trained professionals know how to keep kids entertained and mesmerised! You can also utilise traditional games such as hide and seek, pass the parcel or musical statues.
Utilise the Element of Surprise
There is absolutely nothing better than watching your child’s face light up with joy at the surprise entry of a certain princess or superhero. Entertainer’s work off the energy levels of the kids around them and nothing gets a kid’s heart racing more than a surprise. Try to keep the exact details a mystery for your child. Perhaps tell them they will have a special visitor but not tell them exactly who. This keeps everyone on his or her toes until the moment the entertainer arrives with typical fanfare
Get Other Parents or Friends Involved
Our party entertainers love to engage adults in different games and activities – the kids will love this as it helps them feel comfortable and it is also great for a laugh.
Be Ready For The Cake
Quite often your party performance will end with the cutting of the cake, so make sure you have it ready to go, matches on hand and a camera ready to capture the moment
If you have lolly bags, let your child to hand them out to their guests as they leave as this is a great opportunity for them to thank everyone for coming.
Leave the Present Opening till afterwards
We would highly recommend opening the presents after the entertainment and most of the guests have left. This avoids distraction from the entertainment and party as well as minimising the chance of things getting lost of broken especially if you’re at a venue other than your home.
Thank You Notes
Thank you notes are a great way to thank your guests for presents and for helping make your child’s party special. It’s also a great way to teach your children about the importance of being grateful and thankful.
For a special addition to a thank you note include a photo of the birthday child and the relevant child