So what can we do in this age when a child’s party seems to cost a fortune and presents appear to be more and more extravagant? First, don’t compete with others for the most extravagant. Keep things simple! Keep the food simple – our children had hot dogs and chips most of the time and then birthday cake and ice cream. What is simple for you that will work for you and the children? Play games with the children that would work according to their age. Pass the parcel or relay games such as egg on a spoon or retrieve their shoes from a pile or an obstacle course or sitting on a balloon are all simple, fun and easy to organise. There are multiple games that children still love to play. The key to this is organisation. Make a plan and always have a back up plan such as a short cartoon DVD that they could enjoy while waiting to be picked up.
Have the party time restricted. Children do not need hours to have a party. Two hours is plenty of time with young children. You are wise to have at least two adults present to help too.
Our children’s parties always ended with a treasure hunt. The treasure was the “goodie” bag. My husband was and still is fantastic at writing clues. Depending on the child’s age, these clues could take them all over the house, the garden or even down to the park. It was always great fun watching the children figure out what the clues meant then taking off to find the next clue in hope of finding the treasure. It was the highlight of the party!
Parties don’t have to cost huge amounts of money to be fun. I suggest you set your budget and see how creative you can be within that. The same goes for the gift. It is always wise to have in mind how much money you have to spend on a gift. Then, well before the party, you may see something on sale or you can at least know what price you are intending to spend.
We were at a friend’s house and it was their daughter’s birthday. My friend made muffins for breakfast and had the table beautifully set with the presents in the middle of it. We all sang “Happy Birthday” and watched as she devoured every card and carefully opened every gift thanking each person for what she had received. [Whatever you do, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune nor do you have to keep up to the “Jones”.] What you are doing is honouring and blessing your child. They will feel your love and appreciate what you have given them because you have made it a special day for them.
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