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Birthday Party Tips & Party
Great ideas and tips from Moms and party planners
that will help make your next birthday party a success.
These tips and planning ideas may
seem basic, but they really work! I remember when my kids were
served the cake right after the kids arrived for the
party - then had to deal with all the sugar craziness.
friend told me to move the cake and ice cream to the end of the party
and it made all the difference in the
world. Such a simple thing, but it made all future
parties run smoothly. Here are some other great tips from our
us your party saver tips so other Moms and
party planners can benefit from your tips.
Serve the ice cream and cake (or any sweets)
toward the end of the party. This way the kids won't be bouncing
off the walls on a sugar high during the party.
On the invitation plan ahead for sticky party
situations such as uninvited younger siblings wanting to stay for the
party, if you want parents to attend the party or how to handle asking
parents to pay for themselves at an off site venue. See our
invitation help page for ideas on how to handle RSVP and crazy party
If you are having pizza ask the restaurant to cut
the pizza into 10 or 12 slices instead of 8.
A good rule of
thumb is to invite as many guests as the age of your child.
A piñata is
always fun! Have the smallest kids go first and the sluggers at
the end so everyone gets a turn to try and hit the piñata.
Give the kids bags before they start to put candy in. Have a 10
second rule that the kids have to wait 10 seconds to grab candy
after the piñata has been opened.
Get a phone
number on where you can reach parents as the kids are coming
in. This way if there is an accident or you need to send one of
them home you have a correct number.
2 hours is usually
enough time for a party for a grade school child.
games don't work as well for younger children - if you play them
make sure you have something to do for the ones who are "out".
Write out a schedule for the party
in 15 minute segments.
paper cups (which always get spilled anyway) get bottled drinks
with sports tops on (less likely to get spilled) and put each
child's name on a sticker on each one. No confusion - less
For younger children draw something they recognize - My
little 3 year old loves Superman so we draw the logo next to his
name! - FancyFace from Kent, UK
Be sure and write your first name on
the invitation so guests who RSVP won't have to ask for "Billy's
mom". Janet - NY
Make a list of lots of games to play.
Kids run through the games in a hurry and it's great to have
more ideas ready. - Caligirl - CA
See our pages of fun
birthday party games!
Make sure your child is including all the guests in the party
activities and games.