Your child’s birthday party is a great way to make your child feel special and loved on her big day, but parents need to make sure that they are planning a party that their child can actually enjoy. Here are five tips to make sure that your child has a great time at their birthday party.

 

Consider Your Child’s Personality

You might be tempted to throw the biggest party ever to celebrate your child, but that might not be the best way to show your love if he is shy or quiet by nature. Take a moment to think about his personality and the kinds of social situations he most enjoys.

 

Let Them Help

Kids love being involved, and the best present you can give them might be to let them pitch in with party planning. They can choose the cake design, help with decorations or put things in goodie bags. They will be proud of their work, and the party will feel even more special.

 

Talk to Your Child Beforehand about What to Expect

Make sure that you communicate with your child about what the party will be like. Where will it be? Who will be there? What will you do? This can save him from any major disappointments and give him a chance to mentally prepare. Parents magazine suggests having your child hide any special toys that he may not feel comfortable sharing if the party will be at your home.

 

Make Sure They Are Rested and Fed before the Big Party

On the day of the party, there is sure to be a lot of excitement. Don’t let your child’s basic needs fall by the wayside, even if you have a lot of last minute details that need your attention. If your child is hungry or tired, the excitement of the party will likely lead to a meltdown.

 

Enlist Help

Parents often regret stressing out about the details and not being more present at their child’s party. Instead of making the food yourself, order pizza delivery from a family friendly establishment like Pickleman’s. Your guests are sure to enjoy the food, and you will be free to enjoy the party with your child. You can also ask another parent to help out with games or activities.

 

It’s easy to get distracted by trying to plan a huge party that will wow your guests, but it’s important to remember the whole reason you’re throwing a party: your child! If you follow these simple tips, you are sure to make your child’s party a great memory for you both.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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