Throwing a party for your younger children may be a breeze, but when they get a little bit older, it can get complicated quickly. Deciding on a theme, a venue, and who to add to the guest list can be challenging. You may need a little more help to throw a party that is sure to be a fun time, both for the birthday boy or girl and for their guests. We have some tips that can make some of that pressure away and ensure a great time.
Let Them Have Some Control
If you have a tween whose birthday is coming up, it’s a good idea to let them be part of the planning process. You don’t want to surprise them with something that may be embarrassing, even if they would have loved it a year or two ago. To ensure the party is something they will enjoy, let them help you come up with ideas and pick decorations that they will love.
Keep the Party Small
While young kids might do well invited the entire class to their party, tweens are a bit past that point. If you invite everyone in town who is their age, you are likely to be plunged into chaos. Kids at this age can be tricky and keeping the guest list limited will help you keep sane throughout the process. Having just your kid’s best friends will often be a better party experience anyway.
Offer Fun Entertainment
At this age, kids want to have something to do and just leaving them unsupervised to do whatever they want can easily turn into a disaster. Think about choosing a venue that offers entertainment for the kids so you can relax and enjoy the time, too. Bowling centres are a great option and often have activities beyond tossing balls down a lane. On top of that, many of them have food, as well. You won’t even have to clean up the aftermath.
Keep it Simple
While you might have had a theme, dozens of decorations, and goody bags for your younger children’s birthday parties, that isn’t always needed for tweens. Most of these kids are at an age where they just enjoy hanging out, chatting, and having fun. This is great news if you don’t want to spend a ton of money but do want your kid to have a birthday party to remember.
Whatever you do, make sure your tweens (or teens) have input into the party for their upcoming birthday. You might be surprised to see what ideas they come up with. In the end, all that matters is that everyone has a great time.