Keep Them Safe
Plan a fun - and safe - party for your child and you can still have a piÃ±ata. Here's how to keep the kids safe at your next shindig.
Take a dozen five-year-olds, feed them cake and ice cream, blindfold them, spin them until they're dizzy and then turn them loose with large sticks in their hands. Fun, right? And how could a party not include the beloved piñata?
A good rule of thumb for party planning is to limit the number of guests to the birthday child's age. Think about it — it's a lot easier to control four four-year-olds than it is
to corral 20 of them.
Plan your activities
To keep the party from turning into a free-for-all where kids run wild, plan your activities carefully. Make sure you know what the kids will be doing for each fifteen minute block of time.
Alternate seated activities with more active ones so that kids have a chance to move around and to calm down again.
Food for thought
Avoid serving major allergens such as peanuts or choking hazards like hot dogs. Don't put out snacks for grazing with children under age four — make sure they're sitting at the table when
A kinder, gentler piñata
So how can you include the perennial party favorite in a safe way? Look for a pull-string piñata — available at Target and other major retailers. Gather all the kids together and
give each one a pull string to hold (Tip: Secure some extra pull strings before the party if you have a large guest list) and have everyone pull on the count of three. The candy will spill out, and
the kids will still have fun collecting — and devouring — it.