Even though the party you are throwing is for young children, without proper planning it can still be stressful and confusing. Avoid all that by keeping things fun and simple and setting some boundaries that will help you define the goals you would like to accomplish.
Before you even head out and begin making purchases or setting up decorations, here are some important questions to ask yourself.
How many kids do we invite?
Do we invite the parents, or do we even have enough room for parents?
What kind of resources do we even have to spend?
Once you have made a plan, it will be important to stay within the parameters laid out no matter how compelling it will be to change them up. Begin by asking your child with help choosing the invitees. Make sure they have the time to think of everyone to invite. Once you have accomplished this, make sure you help them scale the number back if at all possible, or necessary.
Once you have laid the groundwork, here are some important tips that will help you keep the party fun and stress free.
Age appropriate games
Kids need games and activities to be kept engaged and out of trouble. But, the most important thing to consider will be how these games will be accepted by the invitees. If the games are not age appropriate the problems can begin early.
For example, bobbing for apples is one of the most entertaining games. But, if the audience is small and canâ€™t even hold their breath for the time it takes to pull an apple out of the barrel, it will soon get boring.
Corn hole is a great option and you can move the boards closer or further from the children according to their age and capacity. Make sure it is set at a distance that they can clear with a throw.
Anyone will be attracted by tossing games, Begin in advance by saving up some extra cans and decorate them with Halloween-themed faces and colours as well as plenty of construction paper. You can use bean bags for throwing. If you donâ€™t actually have any, this can be made by filling Ziploc bags with beans.
Keep it short
Children donâ€™t need a party that will run for any longer than a couple of hours. After this you run the risk of dealing with a small army of cranky kids and the event will go downhill from there. If you consider a plan for a couple of hours, you will find that a few activities will fill this time up perfectly
Keep decorations simple
If you are looking for fun and fascinating ideas for decorating the party area, Pinterest is chock full of cost-effective decorations that will delight and amaze.
You may think you need over the top decorations to make it memorable, but kids are quite happy to see the effort was made. If you are not super careful, the decorations themselves will take up too much of your time and budget. Whether you choose to purchase your decorations or make them yourself, remember that this doesnâ€™t have to be very complex.
Decoration can be an activity as well and this will kill two birds with one stone. Have your child choose some pumpkins and small gourds and set them up across the party space. You can also bring a variety of other items like stickers, glitter glue, construction paper and anything else that comes to mind, glow sticks anyone? Then no need to present goodie bags as the hollowed out gourds will be great for this purpose as well.
It can take a very long time to put together a Halloween playlist. But, you can also look over the ready-made options on Spotify or Amazon. Just be sure to use the words kids or family to make sure you find something age appropriate.
Finally, remember that most importantly this is for children to have fun and you really donâ€™t have to overthink it. The best thing you can do is be happy and relaxed. If you are having plenty of fun the kids will too.