How To Plan A Birthday Party For Your Child, A 5 Step Guide!

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Everyone looks forward to celebrating their birthday, especially a child. It’s a day where they feel special, and parents pamper their kids with everything they want. Make your child’s birthday celebration a day to remember, with these five easy steps.

Plan Your Budget

Don’t plan your child’s birthday party blindly, and make sure to set a budget in advance. As much as you’d like to make it an unforgettable party, you have to make sure that whatever you plan fits your budget. You don’t have to plan an expensive one, and you can even do a DIY party to incur minimal expenses. 

Whatever you plan, your first consideration is whether your child will enjoy it. It’s not how much you spend, but how many good memories your child makes that day. Here are some tips to help minimize your budget:

  • Limit the number of guests for your party, or make it intimate;
  • Host the party at your home, so you don’t have to spend on the venue;
  • Make DIY giveaways instead of buying pre-packed souvenirs;
  • Make some finger food, so you don’t have to order too much food;
  • Save up on decors by designing the venue yourself.

Get Your Child Involved

After you’ve determined how much budget you have, you’re now ready to look at all your options. But to do this, the first thing you need to do is figure out what your child wants. You can’t plan your child’s party without involving them. After all, it’s their party. Involve your child by asking for their suggestions, and what they want to have for their party. 

Planning a party without getting your child involved might end up disappointing them, especially if you don’t meet their expectations. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening if you get them involved. Ask your child the following questions for the party they want:

  • Theme – is there a pacific character, superhero, or colors that they want for their party?
  • Food – children can be picky with their food, which is why you want to ask your child’s opinion about the food they want.
  • Friends – ask if they have a personal preference for who they want to have in their party.

You can also have your child involved with the preparations, like crafting invitations. You can make them write the invitations to make it personal or add some stickers. They can also help out in designing the venue according to how they want it to look like. 

Send Invitations in Advance

All your planning will go to waste if you don’t get enough attendees for your child’s party. You can avoid this from happening by sending out your invitations in advance, such as a month before, so that you can give them time to prepare. This way, they can clear their schedule in advance for you. Leaving invitations for the last minute would be troublesome because your guests might not be able to come due to a prior commitment. 

There are many ways for you to reach out to the guests for invitations, such as the following:

  • Traditional party invitations;
  • Send a message to the parents of your child’s guest; or
  • Create an online invitation.

Make sure you plan the number and name of guests, so you don’t miss anyone out, especially important people. You also want to include in your invitations the following notes:

  • Your contact information and address to confirm their attendance or not;
  • Dietary requirements or food allergies of the guest to accommodate their nutritional needs;
  • Plus ones so they know whether they can bring someone with then;
  • Costumes or color of clothes to match the overall theme of your party.

Good Music and Entertainment

Your child and their friends will remember the party for having a good time, especially with all the excellent music and entertainment you have in store for them. You can plan your music ahead of time, and you can create a playlist of all the songs your child wants. You can also include karaoke for kids and kids at heart. You don’t have to hire a DJ for this part, as you create that perfect playlist. Make sure to include your child during this process, and you can consider including the following music:

  • Disney soundtracks of famous movies or what your child loves;
  • Favorite songs of your child;
  • Songs which are popular among children today; and
  • You can even include some of the latest music today for adults to enjoy.

After you’ve sorted the music situation, it’s time to plan some games to make the party fun and interactive. You don’t have to fill the party with too many games, because that could be tiring. Whatever the games are, make sure to consider that it can be played indoors or outdoors. You want contingencies in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with you. Here are some classic games kids enjoy:

  • Musical chairs;
  • Scavenger hunts;
  • Pin the tail on the donkey;
  • A game of tag.

Prepare Your Loot Bags

Kids always look forward to the goodies they receive after a birthday party. But whatever the case is, make sure you put age-appropriate goodies inside the bag. Loot bags are an excellent way for you thank your visitors for being there to celebrate with your child. You can make the loot bags yourself, and include whatever you want. You can add small toys, candies, food, and whatever you know, kids will enjoy it. 

Loot bags also make a great DIY activity with your child, and your child will enjoy doing this process. They can be in charge of putting the goodies inside the bag, or they can make little notes of thanks to their guests. You don’t have to spend too much on your loot bags, and you don’t even have to buy pre-packed ones. 


Make your child’s birthday party memorable, with the easy five steps we’ve given you. You don’t have to spend too much on the party, as long as you plan it according to how your child wants it.

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