Learn To Party!
Most parents look forward to their children's birthday parties with a certain amount of trepidation, mostly because of their concern about how to keep 10 small people happily occupied for two or more hours. Forward planning is always key, but aside from the more obvious areas such as time, place, food and theme, the type of games that are played is often paramount to the success of a birthday party.
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Basic party planning tips
1. Theme and venue
As well as an RSVP note at the bottom of the invitation, it is wise to include directions to your party location for those parents who may not be familiar with the area in which you live. You may wish to include a pre-paid reply card inside the invitation to encourage parents to reply and to avoid the embarrassment of catering for an incorrect number of children.
Take time to call the parents of the invitees to find out who has an aptitude for what and then plan the games accordingly, allowing each child the chance to show-off their particular talent and perhaps win a prize.
Organize a couple of games where everyone wins a prize, to avoid exclusion and tears!
5. Food and seating arrangements
Find out in advance if any of the children have preferences as to who they would like to sit next to, or more particularly, if there is anyone whom they would not wish to be seated by. This is a difficult one, since there will inevitably be conflict between a couple of the children. However, if you can avoid this, it will make the party the happy occasion that it should be. Most importantly, find out which friends your child would prefer to sit next to.
6. Helping hands
7. Top tip