At this age, your child will probably have a small circle of friends with strong likes and dislikes. The key to the success of the party is careful planning. Here are a few ideas to keep in your mind before planning for your child’s third birthday party.
Invitations: Friends from daycare, preschool or even neighbourhood can all be on your guest list. Generally, keep it confined to the kids that your child normally plays with most. It would be a good idea for you to encourage your child to design hand-made invitations for them. It is fun as well as the inculcation of a good habit for the future.
Party timing: For a three-year-old, an afternoon party is fine, but let it not be too late. A weekend party will be a better idea because the parents would also be, generally, free. The party could be for a couple of hours or even more depending upon how the children enjoy themselves.
Venue: Home is, possibly, the best place for the party. But if space is a constraint, you could consider a play centre or an entertainment centre for throwing the party. There are numerous places to celebrate the baby’s birthday.
Theme: You may have probably chosen a party theme when your child was younger. But at three, your child will have her own ideas and opinions, which can make the party more fun. A fancy dress competition could be a good idea for the little guests to enjoy.
Food: If you are throwing a party at meal time, then you will be expected to serve lunch or dinner. For snacks, you have to keep delicious food items that will make the children enjoy their food. Sandwiches, ice cream, chocolates are some of the favourites of children in this age group.
Games and activities: It may be time to consider a children’s entertainer. You have a choice of calling local clowns or magicians or even having a puppet show. Apart from that, you can also arrange games like Pass the parcel, musical statues. Keep a big bag full of small fun prizes.
Goody bags: Your three-year-old guests will be starting their pre-school activities so may well enjoy smiley pencils and erasers, mini puzzles and balloons.