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All of us had at home birthday parties with streamers in the basement and balloons all across the living room. The pandemic has brought the days back and parents are now opting for at-home parties instead of going all out for their little one. It is safe to skip the pricey outdoor party this year and stay at home to have some old-fashioned fun. Here is how you can plan a fun birthday party at home.
Keep them busy
It is very important to keep the children busy. You must avoid lapses in activities because that is when they start to chase each other and begin screaming. Keep them engaged in activities like play dough or musical instruments. If there are older kids, you can set up activity stations like painting, DIY, role play with props, or set aside a few activity books for them to learn. If you are hosting the party in the garden, you can have a set of swings and get the best trampoline for kids. They will certainly have fun jumping and playing in the garden.
Pick a theme
This is the first step to planning a successful party. Keep the age of your little one in mind and pick a theme for the celebration. Consider the kid’s interests and look for creative ways in which you can plan the party around this theme. If your child is aged between 3-5, they would love butterflies, bubbles, cars, and dolls. There are endless ways to plan around this theme. If your child is aged between 6-8, choose a Harry Potter theme or a Pirate or Princess theme. This is something all kids will love and you will also have a wonderful time organizing.
Time it right
You need to know the numbers and plan the timing right. Confirm with the parents to know how many kids are certainly going to turn up and inform them about the theme. 8-12 guests is ideal for a party. It is recommended to plan a weekend party so that all the children can attend and there is not a problem even if it runs too long. Prepare in the morning and host the party in the evening.
You will need enough space to plan the party. There is nothing as good as a garden or backyard but if you do not have enough space, the basement is an ideal choice. You can use twinkle lights and hang twisted streamers from the ceiling. If you do not have a clean basement, simply organize the party in the living room and ensure there is enough space for the kids to sit and play around.
Get the decorations on
Take out the balloons and lights, bring out the decoration diva and make the best of what you can. Blow up balloons, get props for the theme and have the right lights across the room. You can also use helium or foil balloons to add an element of fun. If you are planning a jungle-themed party, have stuffed animals and indoor plants around the house.
You do not need to research the latest games for kids as they love everything fun. Just give a good twist to a good old game and have the kids involved in it. You can buy a hoop for every child and put it on the floor. Play music as the kids play around and ask them to jump in the hoop when the music stops. In the end, the entire group will be in one hoop. You can also plan a treasure hunt for the kids by leaving them hints around the house. If there are older kids, you can play Pictionary or Scrabble.
No party is complete without food and it needs a lot of thinking and planning. To make it easier for you, simply place a table next to the dining room table. Have all the food on the dining room table and set the cutlery on the side table. Do not go extensive in preparing a big spread of food. Just pick a few familiar items that go well with children of all ages. You can dish out pizzas or serve hot dogs. Save the sweet treats for the end.
Children of all ages are excited about their goody bags and you need to prepare them keeping their age and interests in mind. Consider activity books, craft kits, stationery sets, or musical instruments. Give one item instead of a set of things. You can also choose theme related items to put in the bag.
Host a fun birthday party for your kid with these tips. Remember to keep the costs in mind when planning for the big day.