It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a birthday party for a 2 year old or a 12 year old, planning birthday parties can be stressful. Today there’s a lot of pressure on parents to make sure that their child has the perfect birthday party, and as the years go on that stress to constantly plan something bigger and better can start to get to parents.
No parent wants their child to have a disappointing birthday, but that doesn’t mean that you have to make yourself sick with stress in order to give them a nice party. Instead of spending another night online endlessly searching for new party themes to top your old ones, follow these tips so that you can throw your child a wonderful birthday party.
Don’t go overboard
So many parents feel pressure to add as much fun and activities to birthday parties, but that strategy can backfire when the big day comes. It isn’t uncommon for parents to make birthday parties a lot more difficult than they need to be. Kids don’t need to have a party full of activities to keep them entertained, and having a party that’s too full of things to do can leave kids feeling worn out and cranky by the time things are over. Don’t feel like you have to have every minute of the party planned with activities. A handful of fun games are all you need to please your child and their guests.
Save money where you can
Birthday party expenses can add up pretty quickly, and a lot of parents end up spending much more money on the party then they had planned on. Use coupons if you’re planning on order pizza for everyone at the party. Order bulk candy to make sure the kids have enough candy for the party, and a little extra to bring home as a favor. Buy party supplies online at a discount so that you don’t overspend at specialty stores.
Don’t focus on parents
Recently a lot of birthday parties have been planned more to cater to parents instead of kids. That trend can seem like it makes sense, after all you don’t want parents to be bored if they decide to stay for the party. It is a nice gesture, but that just takes time and money away from making sure that the kids have a good time. Don’t feel the need to make a special adult menu, or have an activity planned for them. Like you, they’re here to make sure that their kids have a good time, so they probably aren’t too concerned about being entertained.