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Kids Birthday

Throw a fun children's birthday party

If your home is going to play host to a kids birthday, you've got a lot of preparation on your plate. Between coming up with ideas, themes and games for the party, you've also go to consider the practical aspects of the day, from the start and end time of the party to figuring out how the guests are going to get to and from your home.

When it comes to planning a child birthday party, put first things first: decide on the day and time. If the guests are in the later years of elementary school or middle school, an evening party is a viable option, but if the guests are younger, it's a better idea to host the party during the day on a weekend, when it will be easier for parents to make drop-offs and pick-ups and you won't have to worry about the festivities running late.

Kid Birthday Party Ideas

Some classic themes and ideas for a kids birthday party include:

  • Pirate parties
  • Magic parties
  • Safari parties
  • Treasure hunt parties
  • Pool parties
  • Movie or book parties, based on the guest of honor's favorite stories and films

Having kids birthday parties in your home isn't the only option, either: you can move the venue to a family-friendly entertainment complex, amusement park, bowling alley, video arcade or restaurant, though if you opt to go this route, you'll need to enlist the help of more adults to assist with the supervision of guests.

Games and Supplies

Here are some timeless and popular kids birthday party games:

  • Croquet
  • Obstacle courses
  • Guessing games
  • Sack races
  • Swimming

If you've planned outdoor activities, make sure you have a backup plan in case it rains. Board games, indoor sports and treasure hunts (with prizes for the winners) are all excellent ideas for kids birthday party games.

Kids birthday cakes are usually more creative and fun than those reserved for adult parties. Order a cake in the shape of your child's favorite fictional character, or themed to match his or her favorite sports or activities. Contact local bakeries well in advance of the occasion to ensure sufficient turnaround time. The rest of your kids birthday party supply needs, including decorations, cups, plates and cutlery, can be taken care of at a local party store, or through discounted online retailers.

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