A horrible fact of life for many parents, is that there’s an enormous amount of pressure to hold a birthday party for your child that is every bit as extravagant and memorable as the parties their classmates’ parents conjoured up – inevitably there’ll be one or two amongst those parents who are unbearably perfect and well-off.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and over the years, I’ve developed a few handy maxims and tricks when it comes to putting together great parties for my son without breaking the bank. Here are a few of the ideas which have served me best over the years:
Their imagination is your most powerful weapon
Remember those Christmas Days when your child seemed to be more interested in the box than the present inside it? It’s a phenomenon that can baffle us materialistic grown-ups, but quite simply, it’s testament to the fantastic powers of imagination that children possess. Use this quality to your advantage by getting the kids to be creative at your child’s party; devise drawing games and competitions, play games like that particularly wonderful one where you go around in a circle and each write the next line in a story. Do whatever you think will stimulate the kids the most and help them to dream up their own magic. There are some particularly spooky ideas which might come in handy here.
If you haven’t given in to your child’s demands for a smartphone or tablet by this point, I can only assume you possess a will of iron. Most kids have them nowadays, and are a dab hand with touch screen technology – these gadgets can be a fantastic tool in your party arsenal if used correctly.
One great app to use at a kids’ party is SpeedQuizzing, a real time quiz game which utilises smartphone and tablet technology to highly entertaining effect take a look here for the details.. The tech element grabs their attention, while the competitive side of things will keep them engaged. Fantastic affordable fun that your guests and their parents will be talking about for weeks!
No pressure, but if you don’t fancy hiring or persuading someone else to rally the troops at your child’s party, you’ll have to do so yourself. There are particularly fun ways of doing this; you could invent a character, adopt a persona, even dress up! A kids’ party needs guidance if it’s going to avoid going all ‘Lord of the Flies’. It’s down to you to provide it!