There’s a lot to think about and to do when you are planning your child’s birthday party. It’s not just your child who will be at the party but lots of other children you may not know. It’s good to plan it in a way that is inclusive, within your budget and great fun for all involved – including you!
Since 2002, The Creation Station team across the UK have been privileged to help celebrate the most important day in all of our lives – our children’s birthday. Our award-winning parties have been loved by over 75,000 children and during this time we’ve learnt a lot about the key things involved in organising a fantastic birthday party for your child, that all their friends, and you will love.
Here’s a checklist to save you time and money, and to help you plan and organise your child’s very special day. These steps will help you ensure your child, and all their friends and you have a truly happy birthday.
Your Happy Birthday Party Checklist SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE Plan the date.
You might want the party on a different date to your child’s actual birthday. Think about what suits you and your family.
Plan the guest list.
Check that key family members are able to attend and if you are planning a big party, that you have people available to help you out.
Choose party activities that your child will love!
There are lots of options to choose from. Think about what your child and their friends will enjoy. Are you inviting girls and boys and a mix of ages? If so, plan activities that work across this mix. Decide whether you are going to provide activities yourself or book an entertainer to provide the fun specialist activities you know your child and their friends will love.
Decide on the venue – at home or hiring a venue.
Think about whether you want the party at home; If so how much space do you have? How many children can you have in your home without everyone standing on each other’s toes? Do bear in mind if you are having a party for an under five-year-old, the parents will probably stay. This means you will need to provide drinks for the grown-ups too. So do think about how much space you have!
If going down the venue route book your venue as early as possible.
Venues do get booked up quickly so it’s worth booking as early as possible. Your local Creation Station leaders can help with possible venues ideas.
Do activities yourself or hire a party entertainer.
Once you have worked out what type of activities the children will love decided whether to do it yourself or book an entertainer. Doing it yourself can save money. You may prefer not to be the person entertaining your child’s friends if that’s the case find the right type of entertainer for the type of party you want. It is advisable to book as far in advance as possible. The Creation Station parties are tailored to the age of your child, what your child enjoys and also your budget.