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Birthday Bash: 4 Tips to Planning Your Child’s Next Birthday Party

A child’s birthday only comes once a year, and there are only so many before your kiddo goes off to college and eventually has little ones of his or her own. To make the most of each birthday, you need to throw a great fun-filled party! Here are four super tips to help you do exactly that.

Don’t Overdue the Guest List

Unless money isn’t a concern, which 90 percent of us unfortunately can’t relate to, you should try to keep the guest list in the double digits. In all seriousness, when planning your child’s birthday party, it’s important to be realistic about the guest list.

Space limitations will exist at any venue, but this is especially true if you’re having the party at home. Remember, you don’t have to invite every member of the family tree or the entire 2nd grade class, just your child’s best friends and the people most important in their life. 

Maximize Space

Public places like Chuck E. Cheese’s and other local fun spots have specific occupancy rates, and your home is obviously limited in space as well, hence the importance of tip #1. If you decide to throw the birthday bash at home, you need to maximize the space to allow for better flow and make it party-ready.

To achieve this, you may actually need to re-arrange the furniture or take things out of certain rooms to make your home more practical for larger groups of people. For most, this usually includes storing away home office equipment, decorations, and little odds and ends that tend to clutter a home.

Schedule Plenty of Time for Party Prep

There’s a lot to think about and plenty to plan when throwing a birthday bash for your pride and joy. Squeezing a little time in to prepare for the party beforehand and leaving yourself some time for cleanup afterwards will help you keep your sanity during this fun yet stressful day.

Try clearing the schedule the weekend beforehand to work on the party details. Have your other half take the kids away camping for the weekend or at least out for the day to allow you to tie up all the loose ends. Come the day of the party, you’ll be able to relax knowing all you have left to do is place the candles on the cake!

Host the Party at a Local Fun Center

What could be more fun than Skee-Ball, go-karts, arcade games, laser tag, and miniature golf, and bowling in sandy Utah or whatever your own home town is for a kid’s birthday party? Not much at all, so if you want to really see your child’s face light up come that special day, forget the backyard barbecue and host the party at a local fun center instead.

Not only will your child, his or her friends, and all of the parents have a great time, but you’ll save yourself plenty of hassle and headaches as well. These places have the entertainment aspect of birthday parties all wrapped up, so all you need to do is bring the cake. It doesn’t get any simpler and easier than that.

The birthday party options are endless these days. From superhero-themed birthdays and “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” to waterparks and everything in between, there’s a ton of ways to create a memorable, fun-filled birthday for your child to enjoy. By following these tips, you’ll be able to do just that, avoid all the party planning stress, and relax knowing you earned your “Super Mom” badge yet again!

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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