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Many parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organize invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect her interests — whether it's a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, a backyard beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an animal adventure. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How to plan a birthday party


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How to Plan a Birthday Party
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Theme
  • Many parents feel more comfortable starting with
    a theme around which they can organize
    invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food.
    Both you and your child will enjoy making plans
    that reflect her interests whether it's a
    sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, a
    backyard beach picnic, a trip back in time, or an
    animal adventure.

3
Guest List and Invitations
  • You should make the guest list for your
    preschooler, but once your child is over three or
    four, he should be consulted. The invitations can
    be either store-bought or homemade and should set
    the mood for the event. Older kids may enjoy
    making invitations out of paper dolls, puzzle
    pieces or computer templates, depending on your
    chosen theme. In addition to obvious information
    like the time, date and directions, include
    special details like "bring a swimsuit" or
    "parents should accompany children."

4
Place
  • If you decide your home or apartment isn't
    suitable for a children's party, there are
    several off-site options that come with obvious
    advantages (including being able to come back to
    a clean home after the children have been picked
    up). For a small fee, you can often reserve space
    in a community recreation center or local park.
    Kid-friendly restaurants, gymnastic centers, fire
    departments and hands-on museums are also
    popular. Parties away from home usually work
    better for children over five since younger
    children may be overwhelmed by unfamiliar
    surroundings.

5
Decorations
  • Atmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a
    theme, use a little creativity to set the scene.
    Ther doesn't mean you need to fly to the Grand
    Canyon for a campout party. Kids are naturally
    imaginative they'll play along when you use
    simple household gadgets to transform your home
    into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out
    flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

6
Entertainment
  • Depending on the ages and attention spans of your
    guests, outside entertainment could be a big hit.
    But younger children (those under four or five)
    may be frightened or just plain bored by a
    performance that goes on longer than 45 minutes.
    Before you write a big check to Chuckles the
    Clown, consider looking for some local talent.
    One mother was shocked to hear what the mad
    scientist entertainer she found in the phone book
    charged for a two-hour science party. Instead she
    convinced her girls' favorite babysitter to wear
    a white lab coat and make a baking soda volcano.
    The kids were thrilled with an entertainer who
    they already knew and loved, the teenage
    babysitter was happy to make some extra money,
    and the mom stayed under budget.

7
Organize Help
  • Don't go it alone. Everything will be much easier
    if you have help a spouse, relative, neighbor,
    babysitter or friends who can assist with
    activities as well as serving and cleanup. This
    is especially important if you will be
    entertaining young guests whose parents drop them
    off.

8
Food
  • For brief parties, cake and ice cream is really
    the only refreshment you need. Many young
    children look at the cake as the focal point of
    the whole birthday ritual, so be sure to let them
    help make it (or select it from the bakery).
    Tradition dictates that the birthday boy or girl
    gets the first piece of cake (and that they will
    probably choose the piece with the most frosting
    and decorations on it). Consider having more than
    one flavor of ice cream on hand, however, since
    young children can be picky eaters and prefer ice
    cream over cake. Older guests may actually enjoy
    preparing the food as much as eating it, so
    consider substituting cooking for a craft. One
    family hosted a Floor Pizza Party by putting
    personal-sized pans of dough on the kitchen floor
    (one for each guest) and letting the kids put on
    sauce, cheese and other toppings. (Pepperoni,
    mushrooms and other vegetables make great eyes
    and noses for pizza people.) As with all aspects
    of party planning, try to give familiar favorites
    a personal twist, turning chicken wings into
    dinosaur wings for a prehertoric feast or serving
    chicken drumsticks for an orchestra party.

9
Control Expenses
  • You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a
    successful party. This is a party for your child
    and her friends not for other parents. Save the
    fireworks display for your next adult gala. The
    kids just want to play. Controlling expenses also
    means that you should not feel obligated to send
    home goody bags full of expensive toys. While
    some stickers or a craft make nice souvenirs,
    most parents agree that it's time to start saying
    no to elaborate party favors.

10
Dealing with Siblings
  • It's the birthday kid's big day but that doesn't
    mean you can ignore her brothers and sisters.
    While you may want to arrange for siblings to go
    play at another friend's house, many kids don't
    want to miss out on the action at home. If that's
    the case, allow the sibling to invite one special
    friend. They can either play in another room or
    help out with the party (as coat-takers,
    present-collectors, guest-greeters, or waiters).

11
Birthday party Dubai
  • Cheeky Monkeys
  • Abu Dhabi, Al Forsan Village Khalifa City A
  • Al Ain, Al Ain Mall, 2nd Floor
  • info_at_cheekymonkeys.com
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