Tips for hosting a great kids birthday party on Long Island
Kids love parties, but for parents, parties (and all of the planning involved) can be stressful. But by planning all of the details in advance, your child’s birthday party can go off without a hitch, and you won’t have to sweat the small stuff to make it happen. Here are a few tips to see that your child’s birthday party goes as smoothly as possible.
First thing’s first: make your guest list. If your child is young, this can be kept to close friends and family, but as your child gets older, it’s likely he or she will want to invite a whole crew. Avoid piling the whole class into a tiny living room by choosing a venue like Bounce! to host the party.
Next, choose the date and time of the party. If you only plan on serving cake and snacks, schedule the party for mid-day beginning at around 1:00 or 2:00. If you will be serving food, the party should begin around noon or 5:00 pm. Bounce! party packages include pizza and drinks to take the stress out of menu planning.
Once the basic details have been decided, it’s time to send invitations. Invitations should be ordered online no less than six weeks in advance and hand-written invitations should be delivered no less than three weeks in advance. Bounce! Offers both printable invitations and an evite link to get you started.
There’s no need to go all-out with an official birthday party theme; a few streamers and matching balloons will work just fine. Official party colors can also be incorporated into the party ware and food selection. Take it a step farther by asking guests to dress in the matching color scheme, as well.
Different age groups require different forms of entertainment. For example, simple party games like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” or “Balloon Darts” are great for small children but tweens and teens will likely want to move. Give them an outlet for their energy by hosting your party at Bounce! Trampoline Sports. Best of all, because Bounce! provides the food, decorations, invitations and entertainment, you’ll be able to enjoy the party too!
It's up to you to decide whether or not to open gifts during the party. If you’ve got time (and everyone’s attention), it can be nice to open gifts in front of guests so that your child can thank the gift-givers in person.
If you’re strapped for time, having a hard time corralling kids or would rather avoid lost toys in the shuffle, opening gifts at home later is acceptable, too. If you choose to do this, remember to have your child write gift-specific “thank you” cards for all guests in attendance and deliver them within a week following the party.
Face your child’s party head-on with these tips for throwing a stress-free kid’s birthday party courtesy of your friends at Bounce! Trampoline Sports.