Don't embarrass your child with a lame party

Throwing a Successful Child's Birthday Party

by Sara Reid

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All parties are not created equal, and you don't want your child's party to be the lamest one all year. Whether you are planning a sweet 16 or planning a bash for your child's fifth birthday, you want the gathering to be fun and memorable. Here are some simple tips to help you throw a party that all the guests are sure to enjoy.

Choose the Simplicity of Cupcakes

Cupcakes are universally appealing and incredibly easy to serve. There's no need to cut and serve people, and you will save money on plates and forks. Buy the cupcakes in advance to spare yourself the hassle of baking them when you are trying to get ready for the party.

All Their Favorite Things

Choose a party theme based on your child's favorite things. Dance parties are a great choice for teenagers, and you can always base parties for younger children on their favorite toys. Look for games that go with the theme and decorations to match. Include the theme on the invitations so guests will instantly have ideas for gifts.

Entertainment Is Important

No matter what age range you are working with, you will need some entertainment ready. Here are a few ideas for entertainment at your child's birthday party.

  • Music Loving Pre-Teens and Teenagers - Rent a karaoke machine. Make sure the musical selection includes at least a dozen of the birthday child's favorite tunes.
  • Drama Kings and Queens - If your child has a flair for the dramatic or is a budding thespian, put traditional charades on the list of games.
  • Little Warriors - If your young child loves to play war, then you can make dreams come true in a safe way. Gather two large cardboard boxes to serve as ships. Decorate the ships ahead of time. Put them in the yard about fifteen feet apart and then arm the teams with ping-pong ball or foam ball missiles.
  • The Scavengers - Kids of all ages love scavenger hunts. Set up a search that matches the theme and then let the guests keep their found treasures. Silly bands are excellent for scavenger hunts, or you can use inexpensive matchbox cars, jewelry, or even candy.

Feed Their Appetites

Whether you plan the party to run during a mealtime or not, your guests will get hungry. Chips and dip won't quite satisfy their cravings, but you probably won't have time to prepare a full spread to keep everyone happy. You can make food ahead of time and freeze it, or you can order the food in for your hungry guests. The kids will love having a delicious meal, and you won't have to go through the hassle of buying all the ingredients and spending a day cooking.

Simple Decorations

Some party themes are easy to decorate around. If your little one loves cars, then you can find countless decorations featuring racecars, fire trucks, and other automobiles. If your teenage daughter cannot get enough of her favorite tunes, then you can string up musical decorations. Get creative with coordinating crepe paper and balloons. A few helium balloons spread around the room will set the festive spirit without requiring a lot of time and money. Include a few balloons on the mailbox to ensure that your guests can easily find the house.

A child's birthday party needs to be interesting and fun, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Choose a theme to help you stay on track with the planning, and simplify your planning by ordering a meal in and choosing cupcakes over a sheet cake. One of the most important considerations is entertainment. With a few games planned, you will be ready to enjoy a fantastic birthday party that is sure to impress your guests.

Sara Reid is a guest writer for, a site she recommends for finding the best delivery options in your area.

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