For some parents planning a children’s birthday party will be a piece of cake (excuse the pun!), but many find the party planning process a little bit stressful and even a chore. Big or small, planning a party that will suit your child’s age and character will guarantee that they have a whale of a time. The party also needs to fit with your style and budget, so we’ve put together five quick tips from the Mums and Dads at Galt Toys to help you along the way.

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1. Sending Invitations

This is almost as challenging as deciding who to invite to a wedding! Try to be considerate of children’s feelings. If you can’t invite the entire class, don’t hand out invitations at school. If you can only invite a few close friends, send the invitations by post or email.

2. Catering for Everyone

Make sure there’s enough buffet food for everyone, tea and coffee for the adults, and always have extra party bags or sweets to hand at the end of the party just in case!

3. Food & Drink

No need to go wild here. Ham, cheese or jam sandwiches and a variety of crisps plus the usual party food staples like sausage rolls, pizza slices, chicken nuggets, chocolate fingers, garlic bread etc will do just fine. Don’t over cater as children are often too excited to eat much. Better to serve small portions to younger children rather than letting them help themselves to avoid spills. Have bin liners and a dustpan close by.shutterstock_201935944

4. Bouncy Castle or Sleepover?

Plan a variety of activities. Active games such as relay races, musical chairs, or Simon Says, help kids get to know one another. At the end of the party give the children activity packs, or art and craft activities to do if you want to avoid sending riled-up party guests home to their parents. Older children often like a sleepover party. If it’s something you are happy to supervise (bearing in mind that you probably won’t get much sleep) it can be a wonderful bonding experience for children and one that they’ll remember for years.

5. Perfect Timing

Toddlers are at their best in the morning or early afternoon (this also means you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to organise everything). For older children, mid to late afternoon start gives them time to recover from any sports activities they may have and parents can enjoy a few hours off!

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