What are some of your favorite things to do on this magical holiday? I love Halloween because it embraces three of my FAVORITE things:
1.) Treats involving apples and pumpkins (Yummy!)
2.) Lots of magical tales (Yippee!)
(Click the photo for a magical rainbow pumpkin project by Alexa Westerfield)
On this magical day, I thought I'd treat you to my top five tips on how to throw the best party ever!
Why listen to me? Nearly every week I plan and implement birthday and holiday parties for families. I've seen nearly every party theme and I often experience the perfect party scenario! This fun expertise has given me insight on which parties will work out fabulously and which parties will end up a stressful disaster. Here is my list of musts:
1.) KEEP IT SIMPLE.
I can't emphasize this enough. Children don't need bounce houses, pony rides or great-grandma Ann's famous 18 layer birthday cake. What they do need is for their family and friends to relax and have fun. The best way to have a stress free party is to KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Snacks and drinks
Games (an art project and/or an activity)
Smiles, hugs and plenty of love
Some sort of favor to remember the magical day
When it comes to an activity or game, make sure that all developmental stages can participate and that all guests (even adults) feel included in some way.
But don't stress out about finding the perfect activity or game (refer to tip #1). There are hundreds of indoor and outdoor variations of tag to fit your party's theme and a simple art project--even just providing a few coloring or painting pages-- is always a crowd pleaser!
If in doubt or stressed about the mere thought of entertaining a large group of children, hire a professional. Trust me, we do this all of the time and we will make sure everyone leaves your party smiling. It might surprise you just how inexpensive professional support can be. Here are pictures from my own birthday storytelling program:
Make sure the location suits your plans and always have a back-up plan should poor weather occur. If you are on a tight budget and your home is not an option for a party, then there are still many inexpensive places to rent a room or a picnic shelter. Call your local community centers, parks departments as well as churches.
If your summer party is outdoors, make sure that the children have a cool, quiet place to escape the hot sunshine. Also, provide plenty of fresh cool water as well as clean bathroom facilities. Similarly, if your winter party is outdoors, make sure that the children have a dry place to get warm.
4.) Let go and be a child again!
Choose a theme that excites you and that makes you feel childlike again! Your own positive energy and childlike excitement will have an enormous impact on your child and your guests.
Make a list of the of the colors, decorations, foods and activities that sound fun to you and go for it!
Make sure that your party is easy enough where you do not have to remain the host or hostess, but you can also let go and play!
This is a picture of the birthday girl's mother, Rachel. Not only does she love rainbows, but she is filled with magic, so this party was fun for her:
5.) Play it out
Imagine the worst case scenario and play it out in your head. Then take a few breaths to release your fears and worries...LET THEM GO. See how dropping that custom-made cake really can be funny?!
Now, step away from Pinterest and imagine YOUR party. Visualize the party and feel the party! See how everyone is laughing and smiling? That's because you kept it simple and you are having fun.
Hopefully everyone enjoys a holiday packed with sweet treats, magical tales and a party or two today! Lots of love and magical rainbow pumpkins! Xx
P.S. Feel free to e-mail me with questions about parties or for more party advice! Or visit my Facebook page to keep in touch.