Organising a kid’s birthday party isn’t easy. You have to decide a theme, a venue, send guest invites, sort out the catering and of course, buy a delicious and well-decorated birthday cake. Birthdays are a once a year affair and a time to cherish. Children grow up so fast that it’s important to make the most of your time with them.

If you’re organising a birthday party for your child or you’re helping a friend set one up for their children, here’s 5 tips for a fantastic birthday party.

1. Plan Ahead

This tip might sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many parents leave it until the last minute to get a birthday party sorted. For the best possible party, plan it at least 2 weeks in advance so that you have time to change or adapt certain things. Chances are, something will come up as time goes on, forcing you to adjust to the problem, so if you leave yourself a few weeks to get it right you won’t find yourself stressed and overwhelmed later on.

2. Keep Other Children in Mind

A good birthday party idea should not just be for the family – it’s for friends and other children too, especially if your child is in primary school. It is important that when deciding on your venue and catering that you keep in mind the needs of other children. A good idea is to get in touch with each of the parents you’ve invited to the party to see whether their children have any special needs or allergies.

3. Fun Factor

Children have a knack for entertaining themselves, but not all children are the same. So, prior to booking a venue, ask around and try to determine whether most children like the idea of what they’ll be doing on the day. For children aged 14 or below, go karting and ten pin bowling is a fabulous activity that’s both competitive and a lot of fun. These birthday activities can also be turned into competitions. You might also want to consider zoo’s and theme parks, which can be fantastic for children of all ages.

4. Take Away

I’m a firm believer that everybody should have a slice of birthday cake to take away after a party. In fact, the same can be said about any type of party. Children love goodie bags with little toys and sweeties in them, so be sure to offer them to each child. This follows point 2 above, though, because you will need to make sure that there’s nothing in the goodie bags that may cause an allergic reaction. Also, it’s good practice to thank the parents for letting their children come to your child’s birthday party, because without their approval it never would have happened.

Have you recently organised a birthday party? Perhaps you have some unique tips of your own that our audience might find valuable? If so, be sure to share your thoughts with us by commenting below!