Planning your child’s birthday party can be a huge undertaking. From coming up with the ideas to shopping to pulling it all together, it’s a lot of work. There’s nothing wrong with having a small party or having it somewhere other than your home but if you want to have a party, check out these ideas. So many of them include free printables and lots of directions so you can recreate the things you’d like at home. You can also use my party planning lists to help you stay organized.
Babies & Toddlers
When you’re throwing a party for your baby (and even your toddler to some degree), you’re throwing the party as much (or more) for the adults as for the kids there. Think about things you do with your little one. Do you have a special book you read together consistently? Do they like to play with a favorite toy or snuggle with a favorite stuffed animal? Those are great things to build on for the theme of your party.
By the time your kids are in school, they’ve usually got their own opinions about what they like and don’t like. On one hand, it makes it a little bit easier to help you get ideas. On the other hand, sometimes the party you’re wanting to throw doesn’t jive with what your child’s wanting for their party theme. By this age I think it’s great to start getting the kids involved in the planning too. Maybe they can write names on the invitations or help put goody bags together or even clean up the house to get ready for the party.
Tweens and Teens
It can be so hard to host a party for tweens and teens. Getting the kids involved early on can be the key to success for these parties. Make sure you’ve got some ground rules – both for planning the party and for during the party. Have them get involved with the planning and setting up for the party. That way you can make sure you’re on the right track so there’s not disappointment or frustration when the actual party arrives.