There’s nothing more fun than a kids party! For the kids, that is. But for the ones planning them, they can be a nightmare. It doesn’t have to be that way though! If you’re anything like me and thoughts of midnight baking, last-minute cleaning and balloon inflating keep you up at night, here are a few easy tips to help you plan a stress-free party – for you and your child.
Tip #1: Listen to Elsa.
You’ve probably seen Frozen more times than you can count, so now is the time to take Elsa’s advice for yourself: Let it Go! Planning a party can be even more stressful than a wedding, and you have to do it every year. Before you even start thinking about whether your two-year-old is too little for a bouncy castle, take a deep breath and remember that even Wonder Woman can’t do everything. And when in doubt, there’s always next year!
Tip #2: A happy bub is a happy mum.
While planning a party may seem like a huge task, you’re not alone! Letting your kid make party decisions with you (or for you!) can both ease the stress of decision-making, AND even prevent any party day tears. Just think, if it won’t make your kid happy, you don’t need it.
Tip #3: Choose a theme.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, picking a theme (and sticking to it) can ease a whole lot of stress when it comes to planning a party, especially if it’s straight forward. A dinosaur party could save you time when it comes to buying decorations (all green!), and a princess dress-up party will ease the burden of getting your child dressed on the big day. Check out our theme ideas here!
Tip #4: It’s for the kids!
We all know the stress of making your party kid-friendly AND parent-approved, but they don’t need to be two different things! Providing finger-food or a BBQ is an easy way to feed kids and parents together, and hosting your party outside means you can chat with parents and keep an eye on the kids at the same time. The pressure of a mess-free house is also one you don’t need amid party planning, so find a family friendly park for an easier venue option.
Tip #5: Don’t do work that can be done for you.
This one’s easy, and will save you lots of time. While it may cost you a little extra, ordering a cake and food for the day will be one less thing to worry about, and you’ll be glad for it. You can also buy balloons already inflated, party bags already filled, and pre-made craft packs to keep the kids busy on the day.
Tip #6: Sit back and relax.
For the ultimate stress-free party experience, organise entertainment for the kids. Your little one gets a special party experience, and you get to sit back, relax, and watch the magic unfold. Everyone wins!
Tip #7: Get in early.
I’ve saved the most important for last here! Whether it’s organising catering, decorations, or entertainment, no one wants to be stuck running around at the last minute. For our entertainment bookings, we recommend booking at least 2 weeks in advance, or 3-4 weeks for a super popular character (Elsa and Spider-Man, I’m looking at you!) to make sure you can secure your date, time and number of entertainers ahead of time, especially in the busy season!
No one wants to plan a tricky party, so I hope these tips help you plan the stress-free, easy-breezy party of your kid’s dreams!