How to plan a birthday party?

Birthday parties are a great boost to any kid’s self-esteem. Making them feel like kings (or queens) for the day is one of the best gifts we can give them. But where and how should we start birthday party ideas in Singapore?

Theme

Many parents feel happier starting with a theme around which they can organize invitations, decorations, games, crafts, and food. Both we and our child will enjoy making plans that reflect her interests — whether it is a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, a backyard beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an animal adventure.

Guest list and invitations

We should make the guest list for our preschooler, but once our child is over three or four, he should be consulted. The invitations can be either store-bought or homemade and should set the mood for the occasion. Older kids may enjoy making invitations out of paper dolls, puzzle pieces or computer templates, depending on our chosen theme. In addition to obvious information like the time, date and directions, include special particulars like “bring a swimsuit” or “parents should accompany children.”

Place

If we decide our home or apartment is not suitable for a children’s party, there are several off-site options that come with obvious advantages. For a small fee, we can often reserve space in a community recreation center or local park. Kid-friendly restaurants, gymnastic centers, fire departments and hands-on museums are also popular. Parties away from home usually work better for children over five since younger children may be overwhelmed by unfamiliar surroundings.

Decorations

The atmosphere is everything. Once we have chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. They do not mean our need to fly to the grand canyon for a campout party. Kids are naturally imaginative; they will play along when we use simple household gadgets to transform our home into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

Entertainment

Depending on the ages and attention spans of our guests, outside entertainment could be a big hit. But younger children (those under four or five) may be frightened or just plain bored by a performance that goes on longer than 45 minutes.

Food

For brief parties, cake and ice cream is really the only refreshment we need. Many young children look at the cake as the focal point of the whole birthday ritual, so be sure to let them help make it (or select it from the bakery). Tradition dictates that the birthday boy or girl gets the first piece of cake. Consider having more than one flavor of ice cream on hand, however, since young children can be picky eaters and prefer ice cream over cake. Older guests may actually enjoy preparing the food as much as eating it, so consider substituting cooking for a craft.

Control expenses

We do not need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party. This is a party for our child and her friends — not for other parents. Save the fireworks display for our next adult gala. The kids just want to play. Controlling expenses also means that we should not feel obligated to send home goody bags full of expensive toys. While some stickers or a craft make nice souvenir, most parents agree that it is time to start saying no to elaborate party favors.

Dealing with siblings

It is the birthday kid’s big day but that does not mean us can ignore her brothers and sisters. While we may want to organize for siblings to go play at another friend’s house, many kids do not want to miss out on the action at home. If that is the case, allow the sibling to invite one special friend. They can either play in another room or help out with the party. To read more about nerf guns click here.