This is a guest post submitted by Sara West from Tall Tales Puzzle Parties. At Tall Tales Puzzle Parties children can turn detective, become a princess or rescue fairies, escape pirates or hunt dinosaurs. Their puzzle parties in a box give you everything you need to lead your child and their party guests through a riveting adventure – easy-to-follow instructions, puzzles, quests and crafts.
The last few years of entertaining children with my adventure puzzle parties, not to mention the years of having parties for my own two boys, I’ve got a wealth of party tips.
Now I want to share my favourites with you. So if you’re party planning for your child’s next birthday or you know you’re going to have to start in the next few months, see if my top five tips that I swear by can help you too.
1. Booking a party entertainer? Then make sure you book the entertainer before you book your party hall. There are lots of halls available for you to choose from but if there is a particular party entertainer that your child REALLY wants you may need to be flexible as they may already have a booking for that morning or afternoon.
2. Go with the party theme your child wants. Just because your daughter is seven doesn’t mean she can’t be a princess! This may very well be the last year that she can have a princess themed party so go with the flow. And if your son has already been to five pirate themed parties this year but still wants a pirate party for his birthday then get planning for pirates. This is your child’s special day of the year!
3. Party food doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It seems the younger the children the less they want to eat at a party tea – it’s just too exciting! So keep the party food simple and don’t expect them to sit at the table for too long. Why not choose to present your food in a themed party food box? Just add a sandwich, crisps, fruit, a little cake and a drink and that’s probably all that little ones will want. I LOVE party food boxes.
4. Get older siblings involved. Older siblings can help with the food preparation and you can give them small jobs throughout the party. Hand over your camera to one to capture the pictures, ask another to serve the drinks and have another hand out the party bags.
5. Plan in advance. Plan your child’s party in advance and give yourself time to buy those party gifts online. Take a look on Ebay for themed party bag goodies and check out party bag businesses on Facebook. They’ll do everything for you, all you need to do is decide your theme and the price you want to pay for your filled party bags!
BONUS TIP! Don’t be afraid of doing it all yourself. When I was a child my parents always had a party at home where they provided the entertainment and I loved them. Simply choose a smaller group of your child’s favourite friends rather than the whole class, plan your party entertainment and you’ll be amazed at just how much fun it can be for you and your child too.
You can find all sorts of fun for DIY parties online and Tall Tale Puzzle Parties offers DIY party fun at their website here.