When planning a party there are lots of factors to consider. Firstly, select a suitable date and time. 2-3 hours is a good amount of time to allocate for the party itself.
Second on your list should be entertainment and venue. Now they may be one and the same if you select a party venue like Play Factore. But if not make sure that your entertainer has public liability insurance and a current DBS certificate.
Entertainment can make or break a good children's party, when you select your entertainer consider the age of your child, their interests and the type of friends they have. Ideally you want to sit back and watch the fun and games. There are a great range of options available, why not think about a sports party with Sport 4 Kids.
Now you know your when, where and what it's time to send out invitations. Be sure to include a return by date and your contact details so that they can RSVP in plenty of time.
Consider catering¦your venue may offer catering as part of your package, but if you need to cater for the party yourself then you should think about a spread of sausage rolls, sandwiches, crisps, pizza, carrots sticks, grapes and fairy cakes. Food boxes are a great way to serve up party food and can be prepared in advance. Cup drinks are a great way to avoid spillages, otherwise a jug of juice with plastic cups also work well.
Set the scene with music and decorations. You could use a CD player or hook up a phone or tablet to a speaker. Your child will probably have a good idea of the type of music they would like, so ask them for suggestions.
Decorations can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, if you are hosting a theme party then decorations can really help set the scene. Add bunting, balloons and banners to create a fab party atmosphere.
No party is complete without a birthday cake, candles and a sing-along to Happy Birthday!'. Everyone loves cake, so it will always be popular. You could bake your own, buy from the supermarket or splash out by ordering a cake from a local cake maker.
A good party always includes a few party games, even if you have hired an entertainer, it is a good idea to have a couple up your sleeve as a back up. Our favourites are: musical statues, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey and duck, duck, goose.
On the day, don't forget your camera, batteries, cake knife, napkins, matches, bin liners and kitchen roll.
Above all, have fun!