Prince George is turning two, and that’s cause for a royal celebration! Duchess or not, Kate Middleton took up a motherly duty many of us moms are familiar with: she organized the party.
According to British media reports, Prince George’s party was a small family affair at his parents’ country retreat, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. The latest McGregor birthday party was a Frozen affair in the kingdom of Arendelle (or, at least, our basement transformed into a winter wonderland.)
Birthdays only come around once a year, and they’re a magical time for kids. I will never regret rolling up my sleeves and going all in to make it special. Along the way, I have picked up a few tricks that can make for a happier planner and happier party-goers.
Do it Yourself vs. Book a Party?
The first decision you will have to make is where the party will be. At your home, a park, or a children’s party place? You’ll save money by having the party at your home, but it’ll take a lot more work. Kids’ party places will handle everything from the invitations to the cleanup; some will even write down all the presents your kid gets! It comes down to cost versus convenience and what works best for you and your family.
This is especially for younger kids who still like their siblings! If your child’s friend has a brother or sister roughly the same age, make a point of inviting him or her as well. Parents will appreciate knowing up front that they can bring the other child, and it gives the friend an automatic playmate. The more the merrier, right?
Element of Surprise
Victoria had no idea Anna of Arendelle would be at the party, and the look on her face made the surprise so worth it! A surprise can add another layer of magic for the birthday boy or girl. It doesn’t have to be a big surprise; you could have a special picture on the cake, or invite a friend from far away. It may seem like a little thing to you, but, trust me, it won’t to your little one!
Send Them Home Happy
When it comes to the goodie bag, believe it or not, you can find items both parents and kids will like. The kids have just loaded up on sugar, so cut the candy. Instead, try an applesauce pouch and a bag of pretzels. Stickers are an inexpensive crowd-pleaser, so are bubbles and silly putty or playdough. You can often find a coloring book or activity book in the dollar section or at the dollar store. My advice: kids like little trinkets for about a minute, and they end up cluttering the house. Instead of a bunch of little things, fill the bag with 5 or 6 bigger items for the same price.
Happy party planning!