Q. Tips on organizing a girls birthday party

A:If you’d like to organise your child’s birthday party at home then here some tips that have helped us make our parties run smoothly.

Madfun Kids Disco in Knox Melbourne hosts parties every weekend and here are a few tips they can offer to ensure you can enjoy that special moment in your children’s life.

One of the biggest problems I encounter in this time poor world we live in is that mum’s feel they ought to be doing more. Prepare more food, organize more decorations, have more entertainment prepared.Really all you need is to be able to enjoy this special time with your daughter so Rule No 1 is to Keep it Simple.

Theme it: If you and your daughter decide on a theme it makes everything easier. When it’s easy it becomes more FUN for you as well as the birthday girl. Invitations, music, games and the birthday cake all fall into place without much fuss. Even if your theme is a Colour instead of Disco or Princess etc…

Decide where to have your party: Designate a room for the party but be realistic in your expectations, kids will gravitate to your daughters’ bedroom. Discuss your boundaries with your daughter before hand, so all you need is a gentle reminder once in a while during the party. If you plan to keep children out of the house and in the yard make sure you have cleaned up the dog poop so the kids can play and have a wet weather alternative like a garage cleared and ready for use. If you do have a dog be aware that not all kids are comfortable around animals, and that even the gentlest of dogs can get excitable around a group of children.

Invitations: Birthday girls love to be included in making invitations. Create your own on the computer, just make sure you have all the basics covered –Address, Day, Date and Time, RSVP and Contact Phone Number. If you don’t have a colour printer just decorate them with a few stickers, or print them out on coloured paper.

Don’t be upset if people don’t RSVP – in this day and age where anyone can quickly shoot off a text or email there really is no excuse not to respond to a party invitation. If they haven’t responded you can usually assume they aren’t coming.

Timing:Allow 1 ½ hours for a party for 4-6 year olds, 2 hours for 7-12 year olds.

Lolly Bags can be a great craft activity. Have a craft table set aside with felt pens and some stickers ready for the kids to name and decorate their own lolly bags or boxes. Collect them all and pop in your pre-organised lollies to give out as they leave. That will take care of the first 30 mins of your party.

Presents: You want your daughter to be available to say hello to her guests at the start of the party but leave opening the presents until the end.Otherwise you’ll run out of time for any planned activities, or brand new toys will get broken before she’s had a chance to play with them.

Food: Have drinks especially and a few snacks available throughout the party and then bring out hot food or sandwiches after games are played. Keep it simple – do you really want to be stuck trying to cook party pies in the oven at one temperature and vegetarian pasties at another? If you plan on having parents of guests staying also, again keep it simple, if you put on an amazing spread they’ll feel pressured to do the same for their child’s party. Dips and biscuits work just fine.

Entertainers: Do you want the entertainer to look after the whole group of children at once like a clown or magician? Or are you happy to have a Face Painter who can only look after one child at a time? If you wish to book someone to come to your home have them ready to start at least 15 minutes after the party start time so the birthday girl has time to greet all her guests first, then the entertainer can get and keep everyone’s attention. Most entertainers take cash on the day, so pop it in an envelope on the fridge ready so you’re not running around in a panic. If you’re celebrating a third birthday but 15 out of the 20 invited guests will be ten years old it will make a difference, so be sure to let your entertainer know beforehand. Plan to serve hot food or cake after, not during, the entertainers show.

When Birthday Cakes Go Wrong: You’ve chosen your cake with care and then disaster strikes. I’ve seen cake boxes get sat on in cars, Ice cream cakes left out of the freezer and pre-ordered cakes just not delivered, or you planned to make it yourself but have just run out of time. Coles and Woolworths have Ladybug Cakes, Themed Cakes, Decorated Cupcakes and the good ol’ Fredo Frog Ice-Cream Cake always in stock and very affordable. I’ve never seen a party of kids disappointed in any of these last minute buys.

If you have any party tips you’d like to share, or even funny stories about when things did not go to plan, please drop us a line so we can pass them on to other mums and dads.

beanie@madfun.com.au

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Happy Partying!