When it comes to brainstorming kids birthday party ideas, you may not know where to start. You want the party's theme to be fun enough to entertain the kids but easy enough to pull off. This is no easy feat, especially if you want to make sure parents and other attending adults also have a good time. By knowing some birthday party ground rules, you will always be prepared to plan and execute a child's birthday party.
Plan the party as early as possible. If you can manage it, start planning everything from kids birthday party decorations to the food at least a month and a half in advance. This way, you have time to do all necessary shopping, plan the menu, and even figure out entertainment.
Have a theme, and make it creative. Kids' birthday party themes make the party that much easier to plan because you then have something to work off of when it comes time to thinking up games, decorations and food options. Popular kids themes include the circus, westerns, dinosaurs and astronauts. Of course, always go off the birthday kid's personality and tastes: Even if a certain theme is popular and easy, it won't make much sense if your child loves something else.
Keep people fed. Kids and adults alike are bound to be happier if they have snacks throughout the party. Make sure to keep the snacks in line with the theme. If you are having a train party, make cookies in the shapes of trains. If you are having a rainbow theme for the party, keep bowls of multi-color candies and lollipops distributed throughout the house.
Schedule several events. You never want kids or adults to be sitting idle for too long. Play music, set up game stations, prepare crafts or organize scavenger hunts if you have good weather.
Atmosphere is everything. Make sure to set the right tone. Don't decorate too far in advance: You don't want streamers falling down or balloons to go limp. Instead, start about three hours ahead of time.
Your main goal is to be calm and relaxed once the guests arrive. Your child and her guests will pick up on your emotions and feelings, and, if you are having fun, your child will have an even better time.
If your child cannot tear himself away from the television when "Bob the Builder" is on, then consider holding a construction-themed birthday party that will let kids play with their hands.
Party food should be the last thing you should stress over when you are planning a kids birthday party. Handling a room full of kids is no small feat, so low-maintenance party food is a must.