Last week we briefly visited my sister during her son’s birthday party. I was impressed how she organized and held a party for twenty five-year-olds. I have to admit I was impressed. I decided to take some notes for the future. Below are my thoughts on how I envisage my future parties and the ideas I’m going to steal from my sister. I hope I would be able to make is as stress and hassle free as she did.
- Have everything planned in advance. This may sound trivial but if you think you can make up a game for 20 kids on a spot you are mistaken. If you plan some coloring games make sure you have all printed out in advance. MAKE SPARE COPIES. Some kids will lose or brake theirs and you have to handle the situation. Do not count on making something in the morning the same day – you will need this time for last preparations.
- Prepare a detailed agenda. Kids must be occupied at all times. Remember that the attention span of a 5-year-old is quite short so instead of 45 minute activities prepare something for 15 minutes.
- Keep food simple and serve “kids” meals. Ask parents in advance about any allergies. Do not give them too much choice – they will not be able to choose.
- Arrange a set time for pick up. Ask parents to come for the kids at the same time. Some kids will feel uncomfortable when they see a friend with his parents and his/hers are not there yet.