Don’t forget to make a list of the presents that everyone has given so that you or your child can send thank you notes.
The day of the party has arrived – yay!
Make the fresh party food like sandwiches, fruit kebabs, etc. Keep sandwiches fresh by covering them with a damp cloth like a clean tea towel.
If holding the party at home, decorate the front door and letterbox with balloons. Set the table and lay the party food.
Now you can sit back, relax and wait for your party guests to arrive!
To save time on the morning of the party, blow up balloons the night before.
1 day before the party make and decorate the birthday cake. Prepare jellies and any other party food that would be fine prepared a day ahead. Decorate the house and table and prepare the party games.
2 days before the party call any RSVPs who have not responded and draw up your final guest list. Shop for the remaining party food, make up the loot bags and sort out party clothes. Don’t forget to check that your camera or video camera is fully charged.
Bouncy castles are great fun if you have the room and kids love them. Try and get one that is suitable to use in the rain, and then the weather is one thing less to worry about.
If all the parents aren’t attending, make sure you have a list of emergency contact numbers handy. Even if you have a problem that doesn’t involve that parent’s child, it may be necessary to call and get them collected earlier than planned.
Nominate someone on the day of the party to take photos, one less thing for you to have to worry about.
Another great party game is Balloon Stomp. Balloons with lollies inside are placed around the room. Children are then instructed to go around bursting the balloons to get the lollies. Great indoors or out, kids love this game and generally go crazy bursting the balloons. Suitable for children aged 3 years and over.
Keep a first aid kit on hand at the party in case of any bumps and bruises.