Hosting children’s birthday parties can be a daunting task especially when you compare yourself to the neighbor who rented a petting zoo for the back yard, or the classmate who created a circus party with clowns, bouncy houses, and jugglers. Well, I’m going to give you permission to host simple, classic, and adorable parties at home, and you don’t need to break the bank to do it either!
#1 Savvy Birthday Tip: Keep the guest list to a minimum, bigger is not always better!
As a party stylist specializing in smaller celebrations, I can tell you that children love smaller intimate parties just as much as large ones. In fact smaller gatherings provide the atmosphere for your child to really stand out as the guest of honor, as well as be able to fully interact with each of his/her guests. A great rule of thumb is 1 guest for each year of life, so if your child is turning 6 you can have 5 or 6 guests (depending on whether or not you’re counting the birthday guy/gal in your formula). Personally I have found that 5 or 6 guests is a great number no matter the age.
Quality vs Quantity:
I recently hosted my own kid’s birthday parties, ages 8 and 10. Both parties had 5 kids total and it was loud, energetic, and wild! The important thing is that my children were able to spend the time with those kids who are actually special to them, and the fact that it was “their” birthday wasn’t lost by 20 other kids going in different directions. Not to mention, as a parent, it was a lot more budget friendly!
If you have the funds to comfortably spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on your child’s birthday, more power to you. But for most of the moms out there I’ll be sharing children’s party ideas in future posts with tips on décor and activities, and keeping one thing in mind…They will always be based on smaller, rather than larger, affairs. Cheers!
*Have you ever been to a Birthday Party that was so over the top it made you uncomfortable?
*Do you set a budget for your Birthday Parties?
By Chris Nease of CelebrationsAtHomeBlog.com
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