Does your little one have a birthday coming up? If you're like most parents, you're probably scrambling to get ready for the party - sending out invitations, picking out a cake, and buying presents. It can be a hectic time for any parent, but here are a few tips that ought to make all the effort worth it.
Games and Activities
You may have heard that "less is more," but when it comes to keeping children occupied (and therefore problem-free) more is definitely the way to go. Make sure to have a list of six or seven party games to play. Pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel, duck duck goose, and musical chairs are all good games that will keep children entertained and allow your child to form stronger friendships with the guests at his or her party.
Fun Toys and Gifts
Many times when a toy breaks or stops working, but children still don't want to see it go. Consider repairing a broken favorite instead of hunting for a new toy. Sometimes it's as simple as replacing a Power Wheels battery or sewing the arm back onto a well-loved teddy bear. In addition, the best gifts are usually ones with a special meaning. Instead of buying presents from the store, consider making something for your child, such as an origami ball or a stuffed animal. Handmade gifts mean more to the recipient.
The Perfect Cake
Like the perfect gift, the perfect cake is one that is handmade with love. Consider breaking out the food coloring and icing the cake yourself. A heartfelt message and little designs that match your child's interests will transform an average cake into a perfect one.
Make Your Own Snacks
Going out of your way to make your own party snacks is one way to ensure that everyone remembers the party. Whip up some delicious haystacks or a decadent cheesecake, and your child will remember your fantastic cooking long after the party. Going the extra mile can make you the envy of parents too: everyone will want your secret.
An unforgettable party may take a little effort, but the memories it creates are priceless. Someday years down the road, your child will thank you for being such a considerate and creative parent, and all the work will have paid off.