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Do you have a children’s party checklist?

When you get older and you look back on your childhood one memory that always sticks is the birthday parties you had when you were growing up. If you are throwing your little one a birthday party you will undoubtedly want to make sure you give them an occasion to cherish for a long, long time.

Nobody said planning parties was easily, especially when you throw fussy children into the equation. To keep everything as calm as possible and minimise the stress levels it is best to have everything organised effectively.

Once you’ve decided on the type of party you are going to throw and have sorted out the venue and the number of people coming, the next thing you need to do is make sure that you have all of the children’s party supplies you need. To guarantee that you don’t forget anything, read on for information on everything you are likely to require.

Invitations, Party Bags and Thank You Cards

There won’t be a party without any guests and thus one of the most important children’s party supplies is undoubtedly the invitations. Don’t just buy any old invitation. You want to inspire interaction. After all, this is your chance to create the first impression regarding the party.

So, instead of going for plain and boring invites, make sure you pick something fun and exciting that is going to appeal to children and get them excited about the party you are hosting. In addition to this, what children’s party would be complete without party bags?

All kids look forward to getting their party bag and seeing what treats are inside. Try and diversify the stuff you get to fill the bag. Look for cheap miniature games as well as sweets – their parents will thank you for this too.

Don’t forget a thank you card either. It’s always nice to show your gratitude and let the parents and their children know that you appreciate their efforts to make your little kid’s birthday a special one.

Paper Tableware

Notice the word ‘paper’ in the heading. Make sure all your tableware supplies are made from paper. There is no need to get out your fine china when children are around, that’s for sure. But even plastic can be an issue because if it snaps it can be sharp and dangerous.

So, what tableware do you need? Plates, cups, cutlery and napkins are essential. Make sure you always have too many. Never buy merely one plate per child for example, remember you will need plates and napkins for the cake as well.

You’ll need straws, and table covers will come in extremely handy and will make the cleaning process a lot easier too.

Party Decorations

It’s not just about buying the necessities when it comes to children’s party supplies. You need to make sure the venue in question looks fun and exciting. It has to feel like a kid’s party!

You will need to search around for some good decorations. There’s so many different types of decorations available nowadays. From balloons, to confetti, to banners, to piñatas, to bunting, to hanging decorations; the options are endless. Make sure you stick to a certain theme.

It’s usually best to go for two to three colours maximum. You don’t want the place to look messy in design. There are lots of decoration ranges that are centred on certain themes, such as superheroes, princesses and monsters. Buying all of your decorations from the one range will make your life a lot easier.

Games and Prizes

What is a party without some fun and games to enjoy? From pass the parcel to pin the tail on the donkey; the traditional games still seem to go down a real treat. In addition to this, face painting has become extremely popular and is another great suggestion.

See if you can rope in a friend or two to be the face painters for the occasion, you’ll simply need to buy the supplies. Moreover, don’t forget add prizes to your list of children’s party supplies.

Just imagine how disappointed the winner of pin the tail on the donkey will feel if they get nothing for their triumph! Look for little miniature games and novelty gifts.

Sweets taste delicious, but there is going to be plenty of yummy food on the buffet, including one of the best birthday cakes you can find, and in their party bags, so try and stay away from this option when picking prizes.

Have fun and games with party balloons!

Kids of all ages love party balloons. They are bright and colourful and cheerfully bounce around the room.

They pop and squeak and bang and bob along the ceiling. Boys can chase them around like footballs and girls can draw faces on them to make balloon dolls.

Party balloons can provide endless hours of fun and amusement for children, which make them great to include in party games too!

party balloons

Fantastic ideas for party games including party balloons:

  • Balloon ‘Hot Potato’- Arrange your party of children into a circle and get them to throw the balloon to one another. It doesn’t have to be in any particular order, though you could begin with the birthday boy/girl. The thrower is not allowed to hold the balloon for longer than 2 seconds and the catcher must make sure the balloon does not touch the floor. If either player fail they are then ‘out’ until you eventually are left with a winner.
  • Ready, Aim, Fire!– Create a horizontal line on the ground. Next place two balloons attached to weights either side of the line. Split the kids into two teams and arm them with water guns or cans of silly string. At the signal, all the children begin firing at the balloons. The first team to push it’s balloon over the line is the winner.
  • Sit and Pop- Another popping game. Each player is given a balloon which they then have to sit on. The player who is last to pop their balloon is the winner. You can also reverse this game and make the winner the first to pop their balloon.
  • Wiggly Worm Race- You need to separate the party into two teams for this game. Each team then stands in a line with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front. The teams then have to pass a balloon through their legs without dropping or bursting the balloon. The team to get to the end person first is the winner!
  • Prize Pop- For this game you will need enough party balloons for each player. You then need to write either win or lose on small bits of paper which will be folded and placed into the balloons before they are inflated. You should then have a balloon with either a win or lose ticket inside. The kids then have to pop the balloons however they can; by sitting, standing or pricking them until the balloon bursts and they can read the note to find out if they have won a prize. This is almost like a balloon lottery!

Party Planning Checklist

Finally, the only thing you need to do now is grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down all of the children’s party supplies that have been mentioned in this article.

You can tick off each one once you have bought it and then tick it off a second time when you have packed it in the car ready to go to the party venue. This will make extra sure that you do not forget anything and thus that everything runs smoothly on the day of the party.

Finding your party supplies should not be too difficult. There are plenty of e-stores that specialise in children’s party products nowadays. Life can be made a lot easier if you choose to buy your supplies from a themed range. This ensures everything is coordinated and looks fantastic as well.

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