Setting up for Your Child's Birthday

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Children’s birthdays are incredibly important life events that should be celebrated to the fullest. Grade school aged kids especially appreciate it when parents hold a special party held in their honor. You can do many things to make sure the party will create fun memories for your child.

Inviting Guests

Plan the number of guests first so that you can create your shopping list for party supplies and food. The appropriate size of the party depends on the number of friends your child has, the number of adults who can also help at the party, and your budget. It is fine to keep the party small and invite only the friends your child actually plays with. Send invitations at least two weeks in advance to give everyone time to arrange their schedules.

Activities and Games

Keep the kids entertained with games. Classic games are classic for a reason – they are fun. Choose a game of limbo, pin the tail on the donkey, or musical chairs.

You may also consider getting a piñata. Fill the piñata with candy or party favors. Each kind gets a turn trying to break the piñata with a stick or bat. Traditionally, kids are blindfolded when it is their turn, but be careful and supervise this well so no one gets injured.


Cake and ice cream are standard treats at birthday parties, but you do not have to stop there. Kids can have a lot of fun getting their own snow cones from a snow cone machine or shaved ice from Hawaiian Shaved Ice kits. Hawaiian shaved ice has a fluffier texture than snow cones and holds the flavored syrup better. Buy several flavors and let kids try out a bit of each.

Cookies, cupcakes, cheese and crackers are also great snacks for birthday parties. Tell parents what you will be serving in case any child has a food allergy.

Party Favors

Party favors are small, fun gifts each child gets to take home. You can find these at many party supply stores. Ideas for party favors include candy, noisemakers, adhesive stickers, bracelets and miniature toys.

In addition to your own careful planning, remember to sit down with your child to discuss what kind of party he or she would prefer. It is easy to get carried away and forget this simple step. Your child will appreciate being allowed to give input regarding the party.


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