Bring kids on board if you want a great party

Parties for kids are best planned by kids. The number one party tip parents recommend is involving the children in party planning and preparation.

Parties for kids are best planned by kids. The number one party tip parents recommend is involving the children in party planning and preparation.

Let them plan the theme, location, guest list, menu, games, and so on.

They can write invitations or create them on the computer with fun computer paper, blow up balloons and decorate the house.

lParty basics are vital. The second most frequently mentioned tip from experienced moms is to make the party manageable.

It's tempting to invite the whole second grade class for the afternoon - but you'll likely regret it.

lPopular themes are winners all the time.

lKeep them busy. That is the refrain from all the "veteran" party moms out there.

lParty destinations. Popular destinations include local parks, recreation centres or swimming pools.

Outings such as to sporting events, entertainment complexes and other commercial destinations are popular and fun, but pricey.

lSaying thank you. Remember to thank the parents and other kids who came to the party, to have fun and share in the special moments.

Party etiquette is vital and "Thank you" notes are important social skill builders.

Children actually enjoy writing thank you cards when they have fun note cards or when they're producing thank yous on the computer and printing on decorative paper.

lTheir special day. It is your child or children's special day. Whether with a party or not, the object of the day is to make your child feel special.

Alternative birthday celebrations include special rituals, such as birthday plates, breakfasts, dinners or birthday cake with grandma, measuring to see how much they've grown, reminiscing about "the day you were born" or previous parties over photo albums or by watching videos of younger years.

lKeeper cards. Certainly a greeting card that tells children how special they are are an important keepsake of the day. - From KidSource

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