Having a kid's party at home is a great cost-effective idea - and perfect for the summer! Children are often more comfortable in their own home, or in the home of someone they know. But, what it saves in money and child's comfort, it can cost in a parent's sanity. Check out these tips for making sure you don't lose control of your sanity, or the kids!
Make sure you have the space Most children's performers are used to working in people's houses, but you'll still want to check about his/her space or electrical requirements. If you're planning an outdoor party, don't forget that weather can be unpredictable. You'll want to keep your guest list and activities small enough that things can be moved indoors in an emergency.
Cleanliness is next to impossible If you're the kind of hostess who likes the house to be spotless for company, an home-based kids party might not be for you. Once the first two kids arrive, it’s all done. Don’t stress! Everyone knows this is a kids’ party, and their few hours together having fun is the most important! P.S. No one says you can’t hire a cleaning service after the big party to help!
Put away the china (and the toys) You'll want to put away everything breakable, and any toys that your kids do not want others to play with. I'd also put away all drums, shakers and other musical instruments. Unless of course, a musical theme is part of the party.
Set boundaries If you have rooms where you don't want small children going, make sure to close the doors. Older kids will want some privacy from adult eyes. Announce your presence loudly as you bring in various items and be comfortable and confident in your choice - it is your house! It's perfectly okay to request that all guests remain in the same room - it’ll will keep everyone together and having a blast (kids & adults alike!)
Have fun (most important!) You’ve put a lot of time and effort into planning this special day for your little one. Enjoy it!
What tips do you have for parents hosting parties at home? Share below!