1. Consider who’s coming:
Is this party going to be for just the kids or adults coming too? If Adults are coming along for a big event like the 1st birthday, you may want to consider holding it at a larger venue over a longer period so people can come and go as they need to. For the kid-centric parties look at the age of the kids. If they are still nappers, perhaps a 1.5 hour long, morning party will work best. If they are beyond that, a couple of hours just after lunch is a great time. If they’re even older, you could hold an early evening/dinner birthday between 4pm and 7pm. Think about your child, and when they are at their best to get them at a time, they’ll have their best time.
2. Consider gifting options
Parents love getting tips on what to get for birthday presents, especially if they don’t know the birthday-child well, and their own child isn’t keen on picking out the gift.
A trend I’ve encountered recently is the Twoonie party (or other denomination – $5, $10). If your home is already bursting at the seams with toys and you can’t Konmarie anymore out, the Twoonie party is a great solution. It takes the stress off the guest’s parents to find a fun, unique, and budget-friendly gift. It also allows the birthday child to have a choice on what they want their gift to be – which can be something that perhaps you wouldn’t buy for them.
With traditional presents, some planners are now choosing to open gifts after the party, to maximize the play or entertainment during party-time.