We are firmly in the home-spun party camp. I certainly have no problem with kids' parties that are hosted at a kid-friendly venue, and we love to attend them, but as a family, we prefer to host our celebrations at home. Ultimately, we pulled together what I thought was a very fun and creative party that everyone on our guest list, from nine months to ninety years old, enjoyed.
Herewith, some tips for hosting kids' parties that anyone can try:
|I made this dino-themed invite, |
along with matching thank you notes,
and printed it onto card stock for
|A guest completes her dino mystery puzzle.|
3. Know what to have someone else take care of. Originally, I'd planned to make dino-shaped sandwiches and the cake. But as the stations took up more of my time, we decided to outsource the food. We ordered pizzas, including specialty pizzas for the adults, and I bought a simple cake at the store and decorated it with a dinosaur play set that we rinsed off afterward. Everything tasted great, the kids loved it, and it was one less thing for me to worry about.
Bee Sweet Cookies, and she made an amazing personalized stegosaurus for every guest. A major hit.
Overall, the most important thing is to go with the flow and really think about what your child and his or her friends will enjoy. Happy kids always make a great party.