It’s no secret that kids love to celebrate their birthdays – they are counting down the days to it, especially to blowing the candles on the cake and receiving presents. However, it’s the parent who has to take care of the whole preparation – create invitations, buy the cake, and making sure that the children are entertained throughout the whole party. With so many things to do, it can quickly get overwhelming and stressful. You should definitely avoid stress while organizing kid’s birthday.
So what can you do in order to avoid it? Here are some tips.
Set a budget
You might want to go all out for your child’s birthday party, but first, you need to make sure that your budget allows you to do so. If you already have a budget, that’s great. If you don’t, try calling some venues that specialize in kids’ birthday celebrations, and set a budget based on the information you received.
Plan Things In Advance
The key to avoiding stress while organizing a birthday party is planning, especially since it might take days, or even weeks to get everything done. Choose beforehand a date, time, and place for the celebration. Will you do it at home, or will you rent out a venue?
Knowing the date will make it easier for the other parents to organize their child’s time in a way that they will be able to come. There is nothing worse than nobody coming to your child’s birthday because you couldn’t decide on the date. Give the invitations at least two weeks before and set a deadline for a reply. That way, you will know how many people you have to prepare for.
When it comes to when to do it, the best option would be the afternoon during the weekend. That way, you can have the morning to prepare all the necessary things, and the evening to clean up after everyone has gone home.
Making a cake can be extremely stressful, especially if baking is not your strong suit. One of the ways to deal with it is to order it on the internet. There are plenty of bakeries that offer it – just look for one in your area.
Some of the advantages of ordering a cake online are that you can choose the flavor, and what form it will have. Maybe your child always dreamt of a cake in the form of a princess or a robot? Doing it by yourself would be extremely challenging and in some cases even impossible, which adds to the stress level.
Opt For Catering
Some children have allergies or are intolerant to some ingredients. Before choosing what to serve, ask all the parents if their little ones are allergic to anything – you don’t want the party to end up in the emergency room.
A good thing about choosing catering is that they can adjust the meals to the preference of the client, so they can make separate meals for children who need to have it because, for example, they are intolerant to lactose or gluten. It will also save you time, as you won’t have to prepare everything by yourself. And if you’re worried about it being expensive – catering usually costs around the same amount you would pay for all the ingredients.
Kids have a way of becoming bored way too quickly. And if they will stop enjoying the party, you will be stressfully running around trying to find something that will keep them entertained. The best way to do that is to think about it in advance. Of course, you can [play some music and leave them to their own business, but how long will it last? Not long.
That’s why the best idea is to plan some activities. Depending on the kids’ age and the theme of the party, you probably can find hundreds of ideas on the internet. However, if you think that it might be too stressful, you can always choose a venue that provides entertainment. Several have their own shows that match the themed parties.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Even if you follow all the steps, you can still feel overwhelmed at some point. The key to having a stress-free organizing process is to know when to ask for help. You should have at least one person to help you, be it a spouse, friend, or family member. Or you can just find a venue that will do all the hard work for you – all you will have to do is send the invites.
Organizing your kid’s birthday party doesn’t have to be a source of stress. All you need is a little bit of planning or help from the venue that the party will be at. That way, the party will go with minimum stress, and you will be able to just sit back and enjoy a piece of cake. Good luck!