How to throw a good, fun kids’ party

Veteran party planner or n00b, we have the rules for planning the best party for kids…

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Did you know that something as simple as giving chocolates to your sweetie’s friend is a no-no? SmartParents speaks to Aarathi Arumugam, owner of The Party Elves, for the lowdown on organizing good kids’ parties, and, well, not.

DO

Send reminders a week before the party even if you’ve already issued party invites. You won’t just re-confirm the head count, it’ll save you any disappointment when an invited guest is a no-show.

Cater for kids, as parents worry over whether their kids will be fed, Aarathi notes. Offer at least two vegetarian dishes, she adds.

Check with your confirmed guests as to whether they have food allergies or restrictions.

Plan age-appropriate games for the kids, and ensure that you line up prizes for each game. Involve parents in the first few rounds as this will reassure a child, especially if they are shy. It also acts as an ice-breaker among the parents, so that they can mingle easily later.

Put away any items/valuables you don’t want the mini-guests playing with or damaging, if you’re planning a party at home. This will save everyone a lot of unnecessary aggro.

“Plan age- appropriate games for the kids, and ensure that you line up prizes for each game.”

DON’T

Get stuck in the kitchen preparing the eats. Instead, mingle with your guests and try to enjoy yourself. If you’re hosting the party at a venue, don’t spend too much time looking into every minute detail; Arumugam says that although things might not work as planned, don’t get angry as screw-ups are bound to happen — and most people won’t even notice.

Get offended or complain to a parent if kids aren’t chowing down. They simply might be too excited to eat, and it’s not the host’s place to decide what and when they should be eating.

Reprimand someone else’s child if they damage one of your showpieces or hurt one of the other kids. Speak to their parents and explain what happened — and let them discipline their child in their own way.

Place any alcohol and the kids’ drinks on the same table. Even if alcohol is acceptable at a kids’ party, these must be kept separate. A glass of wine or a beer per adult is sufficient, Arumugam says.

Forget to thank your party guests for their presence after a fun do. A simple thank you as they leave, or an SMS or e-mail to follow-up, is a nice gesture and goes a long way to leaving a good impression.

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