Planning a party for children? You'll need kid-friendly food, a few games to play and festive decorations. Are you also hosting the party? In that case, you'll need a good sense of humor and a lot of patience, too!
Getting your house or yard ready for a children's party requires a little bit of planning. Once you've mailed the invitations and decided on the menu, you'll need to shop for party supplies and decorations. Here are a few tips:
- Consult the guest of honor. Your child will be your best guide in deciding on a theme for the party. You might choose a popular cartoon or television character, sports, nature, music, fishing, ballet or music. Once you have settled on a theme, you can begin to choose coordinating party supplies and decorations.
- Match everything up. Tailor all of your purchases to stay in line with your theme, including invitations, decorations, paper goods, cake, take-home treat bags and even some of the games.
- Comparison shop. Party supply stores frequently have a wide selection of items. If your child has chosen a popular character theme, you will certainly be able to find everything you need, except for food, in one stop. If you are willing to do a little more legwork, however, you may be able to save some money. Try warehouse stores for paper goods and check discount stores for decorations and treat bag goodies. If there is one in your area, stop in at one of those stores that sell everything for a dollar. They often have some surprising finds.
- Go online. There are many online retailers that sell to the public at near wholesale prices. Go to your favorite search engine and type in "discount party supplies" or "party decorations." You'll be surprised at how many "e-tailers" offer very good bargains.
- Buy a bunch. Sometimes, in order to get the best prices, you have to purchase a minimum quantity of items. If this is the case, consider purchasing supplies for two or more parties at the same time. You can shop with a friend who is also planning a party or stock up on supplies for your next get-together.
- Goodies to go. Children have come to expect take-home treats when attending parties. You can purchase "goodie bags" and fill them with candies and small toys, or you can have the children create something of their own to take home. Inexpensive tee shirts or plain hats are readily available at craft and party supply stores. If you'd like, you can plan a party activity for the children and allow them to decorate their own shirt or hat.
- Don't break the bank. A fun children's party does not have to cost a lot of money. Although clowns and pony rides may be popular with movie stars' kids, most children are quite happy with an afternoon of friends, simple games, sugary sweets and lots of balloons!