||Plan the party with your child's
age in mind. Two hours is enough for your 1-3 year old and 3 hours for a 10 year old. If
you plan to serve lunch or dinner, add 1/2 hour.
||Call your child's best friends to
make sure the party date before you invite the other guests. This gives you the
opportunity to pick a different date so your child has their special friend at their
||Send your invitations out at least
one week before the party date.
||Plan more games to play than you'll
have time for. This allows you to go on to another game if your guests aren't having fun,
or if you finish the games faster than you planned.
||Play "everyone wins"
games. Musical chairs has only one child smiling at the end of the game. Try playing the
game by removing only the chairs. All the kids stay in the game trying to fit on the
chairs that are left. Everyone will be smiling during this game.
||Make sure you, the parent, have fun
yourself. Having as much of the party pre-planned will help. If you are having a theme to
your party, dress-up yourself and get involved!
||Play the first activity to keep
your guests busy while you wait for late arrivals. The activity should make everyone feel
welcome at the party.
||Plan a table activity
to keep your guests busy while you're getting the cake and drinks ready.