Parents planning a birthday party for their children generally fall into one of two distinct categories: "Can't wait to do it!" versus "Can somebody else do it?"
But party planning for kids' birthday parties doesn't have to be stressful. Think of it as a chance for kids to get together and do what they do best:
play. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning parties for young children, and ideas for kid-favorite, festive activities.
Birthday party planning tips for young children
Guest count guidelines
The rule of thumb for babies and toddlers is your child's age, plus one. So, if your kiddo is turning 3, four attendees is a good number of kid guests. If they're turning 4, try to keep the guest list to five kids. Remember, big crowds can overwhelm young kids—not to mention the party-throwing parents.
How long the party should last
Keep the party under 90 minutes for toddlers; school-aged kids can last about 2-3 hours. And be mindful of
naptime if your child is at that stage.
Structured but flexible
Plan for around 10-15 minutes for each game or activity to keep kids engaged, but if the kiddos are really enjoying something in particular, let 'em play!
3 kids' birthday party ideas