Tips for Planning a Kid’s Birthday Party

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Can I have a party for my birthday? If you have children, you will probably hear this question. If you’ve decided to give the idea the okay, then don’t skimp on the planning. It will pay off on the big day. You need to take several things into consideration—from how many kids to invite to goodie bags you send home.

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How Many Guests

Where the party will take place may determine how many children to invite, but just as important is having enough adult supervision. Experts say for children five and under, the more parents to keep an eye out the better. Experts suggest one guest for every birthday year, plus two. So for a five-year-old, plan on no more than seven guests.

Invitation Information

There is the obvious who, what, when, and where, but there are other things to include. Let parents know if they’re expected to stay or if it’s okay to drop off their child. You also need information from them as well, such as any food allergies their child might have.


It may be easier to plan a party built around a theme. It could be your child’s favorite superhero or an activity—like roller skating—that might affect where you choose to hold the birthday bash.

Plan with Your Kid

At the very least, you should get some ideas from your child about what they might enjoy for food and cake. Older children might have plans for activities their friends would like or be able to suggest a possible theme.

Start and End Time

Knowing how long the party will last helps parents of your guests plan their day. As a general rule, experts suggest that parties for the five and under crowd last no longer than an hour and a half to two hours at most.

Book Entertainment

Depending on your budget, you might be able to find local teenagers to face paint for you or you can hire talent ranging from Christian comedians to clowns. If you plan activities you will oversee experts suggest you keep it simple. One or two activities everyone can enjoy is probably enough, especially for younger children.

Food and Cake

The first question here is homemade, store-bought, or catered. Again, your budget should be your guide. When it comes to the birthday cake, it’s useful to remember there are other options you may want to consider such as cookies or cupcakes.

Party Favors

If you’re planning on providing goodie bags for your guests, again simple is better. Instead of small toys, it could be a coloring book and crayons. Hand them out right before your guests leave so they don’t get misplaced.

Finally, you will want to think about the issue of gifts. Younger children aren’t always predictable when it comes to their reactions. If you choose not to have your guests bring gifts, make sure that’s clearly stated on the invitation. Most of all, remember this is supposed to be fun for your child.

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