Planning Tips

  • Try to invite as few guests as possible. Large groups of children are difficult to control and to keep them focused on the same activity. The more kids you invite the more it will cost you.
  • Resist the temptation to invite older brothers and sisters to help – they won't.
  • Once the children are old enough try to encourage their parents not to stay for the party, unless they will be giving a hand during the party. Don't forget to get a parents contact details in the case of an emergency.
  • Don't have a party longer than 2 hours for bigger kids and 1½ hours for smaller kids. Some parties might take longer if they are at an organized venue. Make sure that you put the collection time on the invitation.
  • Try to hold the party about by lunchtime, because then you can serve more food and less sweets.
  • Keep everything in small (mini) sizes and provide a large selection to cater for everyone's taste.
  • Small boxes of fruit juice minimise spillage
  • Try to keep the playing and eating areas separate.
  • Small children love having their own box filled with goodies (party box/pack), so opt for this instead of a table full of goodies.
  • Bigger kids can have their own plate and can help themselves.