Monty’s 5th birthday is approaching and he has big plans… – Mail Online
One minute he wants to hire a hall and have a disco for his whole class (shudder), then he wants to go to Build A Bear and then he wants to take just one friend to Lego Land. Needless to say, all of these things are pretty pricey! And for some reason I still get a bit stressed about being responsible for other people’s children.
Today I got an email reminding me about the new Disney Party Index – the latest trends tips and tricks for planning a child’s party plus helpful features like a party planning board. I’ve only just started looking through it but here’s what I found most helpful so far:
Parents typically spend between £50 and £250 on their child’s birthday party. In the past parties hosted at home were often a low-cost affair – a few balloons and some newspaper – wrapped treats for Pass the Parcel. However, a trend for expensive venues, custom-made cakes and entertainment has sent party costs soaring!
But fun doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – the parties that kids enjoy the most are not necessarily the most expensive ones. Don’t feel pressured to spend just to impress other parents. This is your child’s party and the aim is to have a great time and create wonderful memories!
Before you start planning, set your party budget based on what you think is reasonable and what you can afford. Then stick to it. Focus your spending on the things that will really matter to your child.
Top tips for sticking to a budget
Decide your budget before you ask the birthday girl or boy for their ideas so you don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Consider doubling up with another parent and holding a joint birthday party to halve the cost.
Make use of the talents of your family and friends (whether that’s baking, face painting or den making).
Party bags are a lovely ‘thank you’ gesture but it’s easy to blow the budget on them. A snack or a
treat and a small gift is fine. You can do without bags by wrapping up individual gifts and putting
these in a decorated lucky dip box for when the kids leave.
Decorations don’t have to be expensive. Balloons brighten up any space, or how about some homemade streamers or bunting?
Tops tips for reducing stress
Focus on why you are throwing the party – so your child enjoys their special day and creates wonderful memories.
Don’t get side-tracked by worrying about other people’s opinions or trying to impress.
Be realistic. It’s not uncommon for the birthday boy or girl to end up in tears at some point as their excitement gets the better of them. That doesn’t mean the party is ruined, it’s natural for them to get a bit overwhelmed by it all.
Make sure the venue is suitable and safe. Think through any possible risks so you can address these before anyone arrives. It’s much easier to feel calm and relaxed if you don’t have to be hypervigilant about losing children or things getting broken.
Set some rules to help keep plans on track. Sit all the children down at the start and explain these to them. This is especially important if you have potentially dangerous equipment like trampolines or bouncy castles.
Organise lots and lots of entertainment and activities and have some spare games up your sleeve just in case. Bored children are more likely to misbehave.
Make sure you have plenty of help on the day so you can enjoy the occasion!
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