11 Jul Planning a children’s party. Eeeek!
As we hit the warmer weather we know that more people are encouraged to throw an event to celebrate a special occasion; first birthday parties, christenings, baby showers, weddings. Maybe you’re not even planning a kiddie’s party but just an event where the mini people will be in attendance. We all know how restless children can be and how much energy it can take to keep them entertained. So these are Bumble Events top tips for planning a child friendly event.
Children are always going to ‘escape’ the parents and run around. Bear this in mind when setting up the venue layout. Minimise sharp edges by covering them with corner or edge protectors.
If possible, position the celebration cake out of reach of little hands. So a table on the stage is sometimes ideal. Or bring the cake out just before cutting to reduce any chance of damage to it from touching (adults and children are equally guilty of this) before the big moment. This can add to the wow factor also as guests spy the cake for the first time.
Ensure that the party decorations have no (or very minimal) small parts that could be swallowed by children.
Do have a kid’s corner to keep them occupied. Think hula hoops, skittles, bubbles. Activity books and crayons are also a very good idea for keeping little ones quiet-ish at the table during events.
Look for venues which have outdoor greenery. Enclosed and where all children can be seen is preferable. But a few balls and green space are always a winner.
Find out what music the young ones will want to hear. Ensure the DJ plays only ‘clean’ versions i.e. no profanity.
Thing age appropriate games. Softplay, bouncy castle, face painting and balloon making are all guaranteed to keep the under 10s happy.
3. Food and drink
Pizzas and burgers always go down a treat. Chicken drumsticks or grilled fish fingers are a good healthier option as is a fruit salad for dessert. You can’t go wrong with a scoop or two of ice cream though. Just saying. Juice and water are a no brainer. Keep the fizzy drinks for adults only.