13 Kid Party Ideas To Help Make Your Child’s
Birthday Memorable, Fun And Stress-Free

If you need kids party ideas, you have landed in the right place.

With 25 years experience as a birthday party magician, I have accumulated tonnes of kid party ideas and birthday party tips to make your child’s party stress-free and fun. The following party tips will help you in your birthday party planning. It’s a very important day in your child’s life and they deserve our very best!

Birthday Party Tip #1 

Take a bouquet of balloons and attach them to the front of your house, (if the party is at your home), or attach them at the venue location. A lot of parents already do this, but for those who don’t, it makes it a lot easier for anyone trying to find the house or venue. (Not to mention the entertainer if you have one!)

Extra kid party ideas: let the birthday child select the colors for the balloons. Anything you can do to get your child involved in the birthday party planning is great for their self-esteem and self-confidence. Kids really want to help out.

Birthday Party Tip #2 

Protect your pets! If the party is at home, keep dogs, cats etc., away from the party area. All it takes is one child to be bitten to ruin the birthday party and cause injury to a child. (Not to mention a possible lawsuit.)

Birthday Party Tip #3 

Involve the entire family in your birthday party planning. Siblings can sometime feel left out and neglected when it’s not their birthday. Perhaps an older child can be in charge taking photos. Maybe one of the siblings can introduce the entertainer when it’s time for the show. Another might hang up coats or collect all the presents as children arrive. Another could help prepare refreshments, invitations etc. Be creative with your kid party ideas!

Birthday Party Tip #4 

What to serve for food? Easy to handle food such as sandwiches or the kids favourite… pizza! Stay away from the fizzy drinks as kids get enough of that. Simple juices (apple, orange, etc.) are an excellent choice.

Additional Food Tip: If you are having entertainment, serve the food before or after the show. If children are eating during an interactive show such as a magic act, it just makes it more difficult for the performer to keep their attention and affecting the whole performance.

This results in the best possible show environment for your entertainer. and that means a better performance!

Kid party ideas for food - pizza

Birthday Party Tip #5 

Since it’s a kids birthday party, games are always a fun option. Here’s a clever idea: dress up all the kids with extra large clothing. The children stuff their cloths with balloons and then have a very funny, silly relay race. Great photo opportunity!

If you do have games and decide to have a reward or prize for the winner, make sure that… “everyone did so excellent that you’re all winners” and give each child a prize. (A party tip worth it’s weight in gold!) The key here is making the party memorable for everyone and not just the birthday child. Parents will thank you.

Birthday Party Tip #6 

Here is an important kid party tip: prepare your guest of honour for the party. You might play act or rehearse how you would like your child to answer the door, greet the guests and receive the presents. Discuss good manners and acceptable behaviour for the party. It’s also important to give your other children a little extra love on the day of the party, remembering the spotlight is on the birthday child.

Birthday Party Tip #7 

Planning on entertainment? Hiring an entertainer for your child’s birthday party can really make the party experience for your child a memorable one. But how do you find someone that will do an excellent job for you? The days of looking in the phone book are obsolete. Your best bet is going on-line. All the top professionals have a web site taht contains valuable information about their entertainment services. Here’s a great kid party idea… try a internet search under ‘children’s entertainer’ or ‘birthday party magician’.

Make sure to ask for testimonials and references for the age group of your child. This will separate the quality pros from the amateurs. If the entertainer is full-time or if it’s a part-time hobby, could make a big difference. For full-time performers it’s their profession, their business, so generally they are more professional and have a better show. Ask how long their show is and if they have different packages, etc. Most party entertainers packages run 40 to 60 minutes. And some have a 2 hour package. Remember this is your chance to relax! Hey, mum needs a break too! (Best kid party idea of the day.)

Note: Here’s a valuable kid party tip: if you live in the UK area (most of Scotland and Carlisle) and are looking for entertainment for your kids birthday party, check out my kids magic show page: Birthday Party Magic Show.

Birthday Party Tip #8 

When you book an entertainer, try and have all the children ready to watch the performance at the time you agreed on. Some magicians, clowns etc., may be doing more than one party that day and need to stay on schedule. (At times I’ll do 2 or 3 on a Saturday or Sunday, so scheduling is very important). Also make sure the children have nothing in their hands. Toys, noisemakers, party gifts and food will be a big distraction in your birthday party planning.

Birthday Party Tip #9 

It is common courtesy to send thank you notes or cards to all the guests after the celebration. One of the best kid party ideas is to have a picture taken with the birthday child and each friend. When you get the film developed, order double prints and include a snapshot of the birthday child and each guest with the thank you note. You can even have the birthday child help make the thank you notes/cards. Your child will learn from an early age the importance of thank you notes and the parents of all your guests will love them.

Birthday Party Tip #10 

I shouldn’t have to mention this kid party idea, but if you’re having an outdoor party, definitely have a back up plan in case of inclement weather. This is even more important if you live in as I do in Scotland because it rains so frequently.

Birthday Party Tip #11 

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Presents – You might want to consider having a large cardboard box handy to put presents in.

The birthday child could decorate with bright colorful wrapping paper or simply color it. This adds a nice festive touch to the party and also shows off your child’s creative skills!

Birthday Party Tip #12 

Parents ask me all the time, in what order should activities be planned. In the thousands of birthday magic shows that I have done, I have found that the ideal order of events is to have the entertainer first, The kids are so excited and pumped about having a magic show, making them wait would not to a good thing. After the entertainment most parents like to have the food if any… followed by games. If you feed the kids before the magic show, some slow eating children might not be finished eating and this could be a distraction for the performer.

Or the opposite happens… because they are excited to see the show, they goggle their down way to quickly which is not a good thing.

At this point with your birthday party planning, everyone will be ready for the traditional happy birthday singing and cake and ice cream.

Birthday Party Tip #13 

This is a day that your birthday child will cherish forever. Don’t forget to give him or her a big hug, thank them for being such an awesome child for helping with the party and tell them how much you love them. (My best kid party idea of them all!)

BONUS TIP:

Organise a free evening for yourself after the party. Buy a pre-cooked meal, a beverage of your choice and choose a good film to watch. Then when the party has finished and the children are in bed, you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet without having to think about cooking! (If you want a home cooked meal, perhaps your partner can provide a stress-free relaxing meal for you.) You have just thrown an amazing birthday party – and you deserve a relaxing evening!

I hope you enjoyed reading… “13 Kid Party Ideas To Help Make Your Child’s Birthday Party Amazing, Fun and Sress-Free.”

Best wishes for an Amazing Party!

Franc Karpo

P.S. If you live in the UK area (most of Scotland and Carlisle) and are looking for entertainment for your kids birthday party, check out my Birthday Party Magic Show.

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