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8 tips on how to plan a successful bash for your toddler

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8 tips on how to plan a successful bash for your toddler

Planning a birthday party for a toddler can be a stressful process for parents. Not only do you need to ensure that your little one is ecstatic, but you also need to ensure that their friends are just as happy about this get-together. As we all know, keeping children happy for a long time isn’t easy, and it requires lots of planning. But the truth is, children just want to have fun. As long as you have enough snacks and entertainment, they will be fine.

So, read down below on how you can throw a successful bash for your toddler.

 

Draw up a budget

Parties, whether for adults or children, can get costly very quickly. This is why it is beneficial for you to have a budget; it will give you an idea of the amount of money you will be spending on food, drinks and games for the kids.

 

Plan out everything you may need

Apart from budgeting, you need to create a to-do list of everything you will need. Writing down everything you need and how much it costs will help you when setting up a budget. It will also give you an idea of what you have and what you don’t have. While you’re organising your thoughts, you also need to pick a date. Make sure the day is weeks in advance to ensure that everyone you’ve invited can make it to the party. Other things you need to consider are the venue, the number of guests, invitation designs, and, of course, the activities. You also need to think about what time the party is ending. Children’s attention span is short, and they tire out easily. So, try and end the party before they get too tired.

 

Find activities the children can do

To ensure the children aren’t hanging around their parents, you need to find them things to do. For example, you can invest in a jungle gym plan. Not only will it be a fun alternative for your child to play with, but it can also be used during their festivities. If you do your research, you can even find a DIY jungle gym that has monkey bars and a swing set for children.

A jungle gym is also convenient because it is big enough for the kids to play on, without having other kids feeling left out. For example, if you only had a swing frame, it could lead to tears and (many) sad faces, as children will have to wait, share and give each other a turn. To avoid this, always find activities that are big enough for all of them to enjoy as a group.

 

Be wary of allergies

The last thing any parent needs is for their child to get an allergic reaction at a party. As a host, it is your responsibility to either inform your guest of any common allergies that may be found in the snacks you’ve chosen. You can also send out an email to find out what the invited guests are allergic to. There are a few allergies that you may know of such as pet allergies, pollen or food allergies, but rather be safe and inform any parent of the menu.

 

Understands what your child wants

As a parent, you may think you know what your kid wants, but do you really? Even at a young age, children know what they love – whether they are a fan of Superman or Princess Sophia – always ask your child what theme they want. Plus, it is their special day, so you need to make sure that it is a day that they will love and, possibly even remember.

 

Try opening the gifts when everyone leaves

Having your child open their presents at the party isn’t the best idea.

Children can start crying for gifts that don’t belong to them. This can turn the whole party upside down, so to avoid this, rather open up the gifts after the guests have left.

 

Always have a backup plan

Whenever you throw a party, you need to have a backup plan. This is to ensure that should there be any unforeseen circumstances such as a change in weather, or an unexpected extra guest; you have a working plan to consider if things go pear-shaped. Make sure you have extra treats for any surprises, as well as an indoor location if the need arises.

 

Have a team on standby

Children’s parties can get out of hand, and having a team on standby can be extremely helpful. So, either ask a family member, your significant other or a friend to assist you. If your children’s friends’ parents are planning on staying, then they can also offer a helping hand.

 

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