Many kids consider their birthdays as their favorite holiday, and it’s easy to see why. It’s during their birthdays that they get all the attention, their favorite cake, balloons, and presents. The idea of planning a preschool birthday party in Denver, Colorado can be stressful for parents, but it is an ideal time to throw your kids one.
Here’s how to make a preschool birthday party fun without losing your sanity.
Make the Details Appropriate for the Kids
Make sure all details, from food to activities to goody bag treats, are appropriate for preschools, which make up the majority of your guests. If your guests include toddlers and grandparents, your birthday child’s age can be a useful guide. It can also help you determine how many kids to invite. The rule of thumb is to invite one child for every age, plus two. For example, if your child is turning five, try to have at most seven children on the guest list.
Your birthday child’s age can also give help you in setting the theme and venue for the party. Most younger children feel more comfortable having a party in their homes, but it’s still best to decide based on what you think will be best for your child.
Keep the Activities Short and Simple
Spontaneity makes things more fun, but if you’re throwing a preschool birthday in Denver, Colorado, it’s best to stick to a schedule. Make activities short but fun, with 10- to 15-minute intervals between each activity. If you’re planning to do something special, make sure to do it before the cake as the soiree usually winds down once the candles have been blown.
When planning activities, keep in mind that young children have a short attention span, so try to make things simple. Avoid activities that require kids to wait for their turn, especially if the guest list is filled with children. Some of the best activities to include at a preschool birthday party are reading books, blowing bubbles, making arts and crafts, freeze dance, or musical chairs. Have at least one adult to help out with each activity.
Set a Start and End Time
Whether you’re having the party at home or at a rented venue, it’s important to define a start and end time for the event. An open-ended party could confuse guests and prevent them from making any plans for the rest of the day. If your birthday child is under 5, set the party for minutes for 2 hours tops.
Give Out Detailed Invites
Your invitation should contain all the basic information, namely the exact address of the party venue, date, and time, and whether you prefer a child to be dropped off or for an adult to stay with them. Usually, kids around 5 or 6 years old are fine on their own, but it’s still best to let the parents know what you prefer. If the kids are to be dropped off, make sure to get their parent’s phone numbers so you can reach them if any problems arise. Define an RSVP date and don’t feel embarrassed to follow up with a phone call if you don’t hear back.
Another important thing to include in the invitation is the type of food you will be serving. If possible, let the parents know what’s on the menu to alert those parents whose kids have food insensitivities or allergies. If any of the guests have celiac disease, make sure to have a gluten-free dish prepared for them. If you are not familiar with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s best to talk to Wave the Grain. We serve gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly dishes and pastries in Denver, Colorado, and the surrounding areas.
Decide on the Party Venue in Advance
If you don’t have enough space at home to fit a handful of energetic kids, or you simply don’t have the inclination to host the party in your home, you can opt to hold the party at another place instead. There are plenty of party venues in Denver, Colorado, but make sure to plan early because most of these places require advanced bookings.
The best venues fill up quickly, especially if the place can only host one party at a time. Another option is to lease indoor playgrounds, a privately-owned park, a neighborhood restaurant, or your local daycare center.
Book the Entertainment
If you’re planning to hire an entertainer for your preschooler’s birthday party, there are some things you need to consider to ensure that you won’t encounter any problems on the day of the party. Ask the entertainers the essential questions like how long their performance will take, and how much space they will need. Make sure to communicate your preferences about costume changes, as some kids get confused when performers slip out of their costumes mid-party.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, consider the drama clubs at your local high school. You might even find some art students you could hire to help out with the craft station or do some face painting.
Prepare the Menu
Pizza is often served at preschool parties, but there are certainly more options that both kids and adults will love, like chicken nuggets, hotdogs, small sandwiches, bagels, vegetables and dip, and fruit on skewers. These dishes are also very quick and easy to prepare, and you probably don’t need to spend a lot of money because kids usually don’t eat that much when they are occupied with all the excitement of the day.
Think About Themes
Most preschool birthday parties use popular characters as themes. It can be Dora, Paw Patrol, Shopkins, or Peppa Pig. You can find several birthday party goodies according to your theme, from plates to banners to games and even food. You can buy animal masks for your birthday child and their little guests to wear or serve character-shaped cookies. Make sure to involve your child when deciding on the theme for their birthday.
Buy the Cake
Ask your child whether they would like to have a cake, cupcakes, ice cream sundaes, or cookies on their birthday. If you have a theme you can incorporate it into the cake by decorating it with small toys or drawing related images on it. Wave the Grain, a local bakery in Denver, Colorado, can make customized birthday cakes according to your preschool child’s party theme.
Hand Out Fun Favors
It’s best to hand out goody bags as the children leave to avoid quarrels or any lost items. Your favors may also be related to your theme. Some popular party favors for kids include sweet treats, stickers, notepads, pens, or coloring books and crayons.
Drink cups are also common favors at kids’ birthday parties because guests can use them at the party, and then take them home. Label the party favor you choose with your birthday child’s name.
Prepare the Presents
The opening of presents is one of the highlights of your child’s birthday party. However, it can be a bit tricky to have your child open their presents during the festivities. For one, there’s the risk of losing pieces of toys they get as presents, and second, you may not be able to control how they react when they get a duplicate present or something they don’t like.
After the party, be sure to send out thank-you notes to everyone who joined the celebration and made your birthday child’s party fun and memorable.
Custom Cakes in Denver, Colorado
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