How to Throw a Craft Party For Kids? Expert Tips and Tricks!
Guest Post by Ashlie Lopez
Hey all….I have a new guest contribution today from Ashlie Lopez – who has also contributed this Birthday Craft post. This new one is about throwing a kid-friendly craft party. This is definitely something I think I would have enjoyed when I was that age – I think all my parties or ones I was invited to were pretty much the traditional thing with a public venue, presents, cake, and all that stuff. But if you have a child with a certain talent, as well as his/her friends, what better way to incorporate that into a party that includes maker/crafter activities? Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for your own child’s upcoming party! 😊
How to Throw a Craft Party For Kids
Planning a kids’ party can be a form of art, and there’s so much inspiration out there to have a crafty and unique party. Such as the choice of venue and its effect on the theme of the party. Moreover, the food serving process and the kids’ entertainment is another creative field. But we don’t have to be a professional event planner to throw an intricately creative party because little angels are easy to please.
Kids just want to play with their friends mostly according to co-founder of Posh Tot Events, Jennifer Shields. So it’s a piece of good news for super busy parents who may not see this occasion as a stress-free fun project to express the birthday wishes and love for their children in the form of arts and craft or some DIY. Here’s an ultimate guide to throwing a crafty party for kids including some simple hacks to save your time and money.
Be on a Budget
Costs for kids’ birthday parties can be huge if you’re not being careful with your planning strategy. So always be on a budget prior to planning anything and adhere to the set budget. Think in terms of per-person cost.
Make a Checklist
Checklists help us to adjust our ideas and prevent us from feeling confounded. In addition, there’s no feeling more comforting than checking something done on your to-do list! Make checklists for tasks you need to do the day before the big day.
Decide on the Venue
This choice depends on how much space you have in your home and how you want to use it in your celebration. Home parties can be hectic, but they’re great if you’re the artistic type and love to churn new ideas into your creative wheels of mind. It is also budget friendly because you can control the spending on food and decorations. If you decide to manage a venue, consider a space that satisfies your child’s interests. Indoor playgrounds, bounce houses, and children’s zoos are great options. But you’ve to plan early as they book up months in advance.
Select a Theme
It’s essential to pick a theme that centers around your child, not just something that looks cool or cute in the overall look. Ask for your kid’s cooperation, and look to their favorite activities, comic, cartoon or film characters.
Make a List of Guests
For preschoolers, welcome your child’s whole class to dodge hurt feelings if you can accommodate everyone. It’s okay to stick with close friends for older kids. Retain the guest list down by having an all-boys or all-girls party, if that suits the theme of your party.
For toddlers think about the nap times and when your child is at his best. The older children are at their best in the afternoon. Pick your party time with this critical factor in mind.
Keep your party short like an hour and a half is enough for little children. A party with older kids and their parents may be two to three hours.
Invites must include the date, timings, venue, and a proper RSVP phone number or email address. Also include parking information and distinctive requests like “bring your favorite toy” or “No gifts, please.” if needed.
Send Invites Earlier but not so Early!
If you send invites too soon, people may forget about your party. On the other hand, if you send them too late, many of the people won’t be able to join the party. So always send invites two weeks before the party.
Think about Entertainers Wisely
Musicians or puppeteers are excellent options. Sometimes, young kids can be scared of clowns or costumed characters and they may feel uneasy.
Have Lots of Activities
The most significant thing is retaining the kids involved. Fun activities that fit your theme and classic pastimes like musical chairs or the “freeze dance” act as an exceptional hit.
Involve the Kids
Projects that empower kids to prepare their own food, such as making special pizzas or decorating cupcakes, are successful. These mean limited food prep for you, and a great activity to plan in Fun List!
In the end, it is suggested to have friends or relatives help design activities, take photos and clean up after the party. Consider hiring a helper or a sitter to watch younger siblings and be ready for the unexpected intervention like rain in the case of an outdoor party. Always keep a first-aid kit on hand for minor emergencies as well. Moreover, open the gifts later as some guests feelings may be hurt, gifts may be lost and worst of all children can argue over toys.
Kids parties are always fun and a memory to be cherished in the future. Make it a valuable remembrance by your innate creative genius and the love you’ve for your child.