It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that kid’s birthdays and costume parties go hand in hand. Kids love to dress up for Halloween and if they could, they’d do it all year round. Another date on the calendar where they’re free to indulge their hobby is a good thing. It also makes your child’s birthday party special. If you’re new to costume parties, then here are 6 tips to help you plan one.
Set a Theme
If you want to make your costume party more specific, then you can always go for a theme. Having restrictions may not necessarily be stifling. If you don’t impose a theme, then parents will just dress their kids in last year’s Halloween costumes. You don’t want that, do you? If you’re going through the trouble of organizing a costume party, then the least the parents can do is make a new costume for their kids. Choose a theme that is popular with the kids and provides an opportunity for the parents to be creative with their costume design, perhaps Star Wars.
In order to save paper, I suggest that you make digital invitation cards that you can send via e-mail. It’s easier to make an invitation card using a computer, rather than by hand. By using Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, you can create professional looking invitation cards. Keep your theme in mind while designing the cards and don’t forget to mention that it’s a costume party. It’s best to send the invitation cards a couple of weeks in advance to give the parents plenty of time to design the costumes. You don’t want them to do a half hearted job and ruin your party in the process.
Decorations are a must, but don’t let it crowd your house or your budget. There are other things that you’d rather spend your money on, like food and entertainment. Spend very little money on decoration, because they’re just for show. Simple and inexpensive things like balloons and party hats are fine and they’re all that you need for your party. If you don’t mind decorating the house yourself, then you might want to learn origami. It’s a simple and creative way of decoration. Even if your theme is something like Star Wars, there are origami designs available for it.
Set a Menu
Setting a menu for a kid’s birthday party is complex, but not difficult. BBC has a wide variety of recipes that are perfect for kid’s birthday parties. You can greatly benefit from them. From cakes to cookies you’ll find everything here. Since you’re having a themed party, it’s important to bake a cake that complements your theme. Frosting is the last resort for the unimaginative. Making a bunny on a traditional cake with the help of frosting isn’t going to cut it. You need to bake a cake that actually looks like a bunny.
Prepare Gift Boxes
Return gifts are quite popular at birthday parties. It won’t be such a bad idea to give gift boxes to children who attend the party. It doesn’t have to be something spectacular. The gift boxes could contain inexpensive toys or treats that a child will enjoy. You won’t be judged for your return gifts, but at least make it worth their while. Something is always better than nothing and it’s not nice to let the kids leave empty handed. After all, it’s the thought that counts at the end of the day. Who knows, you might just start a trend that others follow.
Hire an Entertainer
You’ll need some sort of live entertainment for the party, like a clown or a magician. Kids love to them at parties. There are some clowns who also perform magic tricks. If you hire one of them, then you’ll get the best of both worlds. Magic can inspire the imagination of a young mind. Your child may be inspired to pursue magic as a career and become the next David Copperfield. There are many world renowned magicians who earn more than your average doctor or lawyer, so it’s not such a bad vocation after all.
Your child’s birthday is important and hosting a costume party can help make this event memorable. The tips mentioned here will ensure that your party is a success and that it sets a standard for birthday parties that are yet to come.
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.