When it comes to planning your child’s birthday party you need to decide on a few options before it can all be pieced together. Sometimes planning any type of event can be overwhelming and stressful. Can I do the party outdoors? What if it rains? Make a list and go from there. Here are a few things to consider and help get your wheels turning.

Choose a Theme

When planning your child’s birthday party, you need to decide on as theme. What does your child like, does he have a favorite activity or even movie? Once you get that decided, then you can pick up party accessories and possibly even your child’s outfit. Go to party stores or even online to see what they offer. This will be fun for you to do with your child!

If you’re having trouble figuring this out, or they don’t have a favorite character or theme here are some suggestions. Keep in mind you could also go with a favorite color to decorate everything.

  • Superheroes
  • Princesses
  • Circus
  • Baseball
  • Summer
  • Pirates
  • Mermaids

Location

Where is a good spot to plan your child’s birthday party? Are you having a small family party? If so, maybe you can do that at home and rent a tent just in case it rains. What about a location so you don’t have to worry about setting up and cleaning? Ask local moms some good spots that are clean and you have heard positive reviews about. For example: trampoline parks, indoor playgrounds, roller skating rinks, gymnastics studio, bowling or even movie theaters.  It is very important to remember to check age requirements when booking at a venue.

Guest List

Depending on the location of the party you may need to decide how many people can attend.

  • Is the party venue large enough to accommodate everyone?
  • Is this location okay if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
  • Will the party be for children and family?

Once you determine your guest list you can purchase the invitations and send them along. You can make them on Zazzle, Shutterfly, or even order from a local business.

Food

Planning food for your child’s birthday party doesn’t need to be hard, keep it simple with pizza, themed cake, and ice cream. Finger foods are easy and the less mess the better. If you are inviting children from class, just check in to make sure there are no food allergies. Here are some snack ideas to put out:

  • Chips and Salsa
  • Fruit Kabobs
  • Cheese Board
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Sandwiches cut into the shape of your theme, ie: dinosaurs

Party Favors/Decor

If you rented a venue there is a good chance they provide some sort of party favor, so check in with the venue before purchasing favors for your child’s birthday party. If you provide your own favors and decorations here are a few must haves.

  • Paper plates/napkins/plastic silverware matching your theme
  • Tablecloths
  • Balloons
  • Birthday Banner
  • Piñata (make sure you have small bags for each child)

For Party favors you can bag together bubbles, play-dough, tattoos, pencils, or stickers. Another fun idea would be to have a craft table that they can take a creation of theirs home. You can match your party theme, such as making superhero masks or mermaid beaded bracelets.

Entertainment at your Child’s Birthday Party

If you are not having this party at a venue to entertain the children, you may want to think about some ideas that will keep the kiddos busy. Type in your theme on Pinterest and you will get endless ideas, i.e.: Paw Patrol activities.

  • Rent a jumpy house
  • Hire a face painting artist
  • Hire a princess to sing and do stories
  • Bubble machines and water fun
  • Games

Finalize Your Planning & Make a Checklist

I am a huge fan of checklists especially when planning my child’s birthday party. A checklist can help you especially the day of the party. Take a peek and if you forgot something then you can ask someone to help or you can make a last-minute call. Have fun planning your child’s birthday party! A lot goes into it but seeing the amount of excitement and fulfillment in your child’s eyes can make it all worth it. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

About The Author

Jaclyn Capilli has over 10 years experience working with children. After graduating from Curry College with her Bachelor Degree she worked as a paraprofessional in a special need’s classroom. Then while in Graduate school at Cambridge College she nannied for a local family for 3 years. After moving back to the South Shore she worked for Head Start for 5 plus years while nannying for a local family. She is now a mother of two and is working for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny. She owns Jaclyn Nicole Photography, a photography business in the South Shore. In her free time she likes reading, going for hikes and making memories with her daughters.