Should I hire a professional children's entertainer or plan the activities myself?
Hiring a professional children's entertainer can be a great way to guarantee a successful event for your child. They will have their own equipment, props and games as well as knowledge of what activities engage different age groups. However, depending on the type of party you are hosting, it might be more cost effective to plan activities yourself. If your child enjoys arts and crafts or loves getting creative with themed food, then this could be the perfect option for you. Whichever way you decide to go, just make sure that you put in the necessary effort for it to be an enjoyable time for all!
What kind of food and drinks should I serve at the party?
When deciding what food and drinks to serve at your party, consider the tastes of your guests. Try to include a variety of options for appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts that suit everyone’s dietary needs and preferences. Popular choices are chips and dip, mini sandwiches, pizza or tacos for appetizers; salads or main dishes like casseroles for entrees; sides like fruit cups, macaroni salad or potato wedges; and cupcakes or cookies for dessert. Drinks should include items such as lemonade, sparkling water or soda as well as juices.
How long should a childrens party last?
A children's party should last between 1-2 hours. It is important that the time frame is kept so that parents can pick their children up on time and it also eliminates children feeling overstimulated which can make them cranky or unsettled. A good practice to follow when planning a kid's party is to break the event into parts. For example, half an hour of socialising, followed by organised games or other activities that last for 30-45 minutes, then ending with food and cake at the end. This way the kids will be engaged throughout the entirety of the party and will be more likely to remember it fondly!