Your child’s birthday party is one of the most exciting event in the year. Every child fancies a big birthday party with friends, fun and loads of gifts. An excited 3-year old will begin the countdown for the big day months in advance, clearly defining what she wants and who she wants to invite.
However, it is an extensive task for the parents who wonder what, how and where to organize the party. Read on and get inspired to plan the ideal birthday for your little princess.
While there are tons of ideas available online, you should choose the theme that is close to your little one’s heart. Some of the popular themes are-
- Animal Farm/ Butterfly
- Disney Princess
- Magic Show
- Color Pink
- Dora the Explorer
Try to limit the number of guests to a maximum of 15 so that the kids are not overwhelmed, especially if their parents are not staying back.
Put on your thinking hat and spend some quality time with your little one to create some handmade invitations. Invitations should align with the theme of the party. Send out the invites 2-3 weeks prior and a reminder later.
If it is a Princess-themed party, you can transform it to a Tea Party with invitations showcasing glam and glitz. You can also send e-invite or buy readymade invitation cards.
Party time and venue
Most three-year olds need a nap time in the afternoon to re-energize, so a late afternoon party around 4 or 5 pm is ideal. Try to wrap up all the activities including snacks in two hours. If your guest list includes working parents, Plan a weekend party which could be either a brunch party or an early evening party.
Nothing beats the safety of home for a small group of little ones. But as the number of invitees increases so does the space requirement. So parks in good weather conditions and restaurants with soft play facility are also options that can be considered.
Party Supplies and decoration
Keep in mind the theme of the party again for everything including candles, table covers and songs. For a Superhero theme, make some DIY superhero masks and capes. Likewise, a princess-party is incomplete without a Tiara.
For a Princess-themed party, you can add buntings and heart-shaped balloons to make the place look majestic. Decorate it to look like a big ballroom with adorable pink color everywhere and maybe a red carpet.
Cake and food
Children hardly eat at parties, so don’t get carried away by the food preparations. Bite sized food that looks tempting yet is healthy should be preferred. Small idlis, personalized burgers, mini-pizzas are some filling and easy to make options.
Order or bake a cake that fits in your theme. It can be cupcakes with superhero motifs, a Barbie doll cake or a complete animal farm cake.
You can also keep some small tetra-packaged fruit juice as a drink or party themed cups to serve soda or juice.
Games and Activities
A good way to engage the kids while you entertain guests is to plan some fun games or hire a game leader or some activity for the kids.
For a magic show themed party you can invite a magician for an hour of magic show and personal interaction. A rainbow-themed party can have a face-painter to entertain kid’s personal recommendations. If you have more space you can order a Bouncing Castle for a princess-themed party.
Games like passing-the-parcel and musical chair are easy and involve the complete group. Ensure kids safety and remember that this age group can’t handle a lot of competition.
Return gift or goodie bag
Children look forward to return gifts. Age appropriate gifts like coloring books, beginner level reading books or crayons are some popular choices. Based on the theme of the party, you can choose appropriate books like Hungry Caterpillar or Curious George for Animal-Farm themed-party.
Plan the party well in advance so you get the time to pay attention to details. Get creative to give your party animal a time that she will cherish for a very long time.