Planning a children's party can be a little overwhelming...
even scary. After all, throwing a great party is something
your child will remember for a long lime. On the other
hand, if the party bombs they will NEVER forget it.
The easiest way to ensure a successful
party is to build it around one central theme.
A theme will allow you to integrate
all the different elements of the party, it will point
you in the right decorating direction, and it will help
you plan your activities. Having a theme is essential.
How to Choose a Theme
Choosing a theme for your child's
party depends on three key factors:
- The age of the child
- The child's interests
- The time of year or reason
for the party
The Age of the Child - The age
of the children who will attend the party will have
a lot to do with the party theme you choose. Blue's
Clues might be great for a pack of three year olds,
but a seven year old birthday boy would be mortified!
By the same token, Harry Potter might serve you well
for a group of pre-teens, but a group of kindergarteners
just wouldn't get it.
The point... be sure your theme
is appropriate for you child's age.
The Child's Interests - What
is your child interested in? Some kids love particular
sports like gymnastics or soccer, while others have
a keen interest in super heros or science. Just about
anything that a child is really interested in can be
transformed into a great theme for a party.
Book characters, television shows,
special hobbies, sports, animals, fantasy stories, heros,
historical genres, cartoon characters, etc. all provide
excellent theme possibilities.
The Time of Year or Reason For
The Party - A halloween party has a built in theme,
so a birthday around that time of year might have a
Halloween or costume theme. Summer parties are often
"pool parties" or outdoor themed parties. Obviously,
you wouldn't have an outdoor pool party for Christmas
if you live in Canada... it just wouldn't make sense.
The "Best" Way to Choose A Theme...
Talk to your child and get them
involved in the planning!
Most kids have a pretty good
idea of what kind of party they want. If you fail to
talk it over with your child, you might both be disappointed.
Children often have unrealistic
expectations. A lot of kids have a whole scenario layed
out in their head -- they've imagined every little part
of the party and they expect you to deliver. Talking
it out can help you both find a realistic common ground.
Sometimes it also helps to provide
a younger child with two or three theme choices and
let the child choose his/her own party theme.
Once you've decided on a theme,
it becomes fairly easy to plan the party. The invitations,
decorations, food, favors, and activities will all be
based on your theme. Choose a theme that truly fits
your child's personality and you'll be sure to create
an awesome party experience for both of you.
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