Plan ahead, it's attention to detail that makes the difference. Allow plenty of time to prepare for your party, make a list. Things are hectic when party-time approaches so stay organized.
Create your guest list. You may want to allow siblings to invite a friend so they don't feel left out of the fun.
Pick the party date and time. Children's birthday parties are usually 1-1/2 to 3 hours long.
Order party supplies, decorations, party favors, activities and prizes for games. Be sure to order extra balloons and streamers for decorating.
Remember the invitation needs to have the following information:
* Location of the party and a map if necessary
* Starting and ending time
* Whether parents are invited
* Special activities that might require special clothing
* Your phone number
Keep the food simple; children are happy with hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza or chicken nuggets. Their favourite food is often the cake!
Be sure there's plenty to do. Put out some toys out that the kids are willing to share so the early arrivals can play while we wait for the others.
Don't forget about safety. You don't usually think of birthday parties as especially dangerous, but there a few safety tips to remember that could make the day trouble free. If you plan to decorate with balloons, remember that balloons are a major choking hazard for young kids. Keep the balloons out of reach or use Mylar balloons.
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