When throwing a birthday party for your kid, the first thing to keep in mind is that the celebration must be age appropriate. Do not overlook the needs and tastes of the guest of honor when throwing a birthday party for your kid. The birthday kid must have fun and this is possible only and only if the celebration is in keeping with the child’s age.
A few tips on how to throw age appropriate birthday parties for kids are listed below-
Children of one year of age have very small attention spans and even shorter memories, therefore most first birthday celebrations are more to satiate the parent’s excitement than the child’s. Since one-year-olds have set, sleeping patterns, it is advisable to schedule the party for a time when one is sure that the child would have had adequate sleep. Small children usually get perturbed by large gatherings and it would be advisable to have only a few close people attending the party. Props and clowns usually scare the child and might result in a howling session. All decorations must be child friendly and the use of small bells and other such choking items should be completely avoided.
Children are much more active and have larger waking slots at two and three years of age than at one year, therefore it is possible to have a party that is scheduled to last two to three hours. Having balloons as decorations may scare a two-year-old and a clown may also have a similar effect. So while one can increase the duration of the party it would help to keep the clown and magicians out still. Managing a smaller gathering will be much easier and so it is recommended for 2nd and 3rd birthdays too, but one must try to include more children than adults at these ages since the child is learning social skills now and would benefit from interacting with peers.
4rth/ 5th/ 6th Birthday
At these ages’ children are completely aware of what their birthday entails. Clowns, magicians, balloons, games and the works can be thrown in at these ages. Children have usually done away with their naps all together and have a large circle of friends from school by now. Inviting only children for these age group birthday parties will help keep the focus on the child as opposed to having to cater to adult guests too, and thus result in a successful birthday celebration. These kids are also capable of understanding several games and following them, so supervised fun activities may be included in the party to keep the children busy.
7th -12th Birthday
Children are learning to be independent and are growing towards more rigid likes and dislikes during this phase. Involving children in planning their birthday parties and letting them make suggestions will also help in teaching them organizational skills for the coming years of their lives. Kids of these ages usually have their set groups of friends from school as well as the neighborhood and the guest list must be drawn up in consultation with the birthday girl/boy. Taking these kids to theme parks and restaurants is also an option for they are able to enjoy these locations completely.
From this age onwards most kids will be able to organize their own birthday bashes and you will in most cases only be informed about the footing of the bill.