7 STEPS TO GUARANTEE GOOD TIMES
1- BIRTHDAY PARTY ENTERTAINMENT
Birthday party entertainment should begin 15 minutes after the party starts. It’s useful to mention this on the invitations to ensure the timely arrival of guests of guests (At two O’clock will be a magic show-you won’t want to miss this.)
2- BIRTHDAY PARTY GAMES
Having games right after the birthday party entertainment is the perfect way to transition children from sitting quietly to becomimg active and work up an appetite. 45 minutes of activity is appropraite for kids aged 3-9.
3- BIRTHDAY PARTY FOOD
Now comes the food. It’s important to have arranged this well in advance. For example, if you’re having pizza it’s good to order first thing in the morning. Tell them EXACTLY what time you’d like the food to arrive. By having this portion of the party entertainment run like clock-work you can usually have everyone fed in about thirty minutes. Remember…Kids eat what they like.
Now it’s time for presents. The kids are already seated and will enjoy a slight pause in action as their bellies will be full.
5- BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE
Finally it’s time for the birthday cake. The idea here is to serve the cake around 45 minutes before the end of the party. Usually it takes thirty minutes to sing happy brithday party entertainment, take photos and cut the cake.
6- BIRTHDAY PARTY RECREATION
At this point the children will have a very high level of energy. It’s the perfect time to let them go outside (weather permitting) or to a recreation room. This frees the kids from any set format to play together as a group and do what they really want. As parents begin to arrive to pick up their kids you’ll have them all in one area, making it much easier to find who you’re looking for.
7- BIRTHDAY PARTY GIFT BAGS
The gift bags should be given out at the door. This way they’ll be opened in the car, perventing the dreaded “I want that one !), and it also ensures that they won’t be left behind.
TIP: Write each kids name on the bag to make them feel even mote special. having the birthday child personally send off friends ads to the feeling of a good time for guests.