First, you’ll need to select a theme. Perhaps it is your hearts desire to host a circus or princess tea party, but take into consideration the interests and likes of the individual for whom the party is being held. Even IF it is a theme you aren’t that crazy about.
Next, a date and time for the party must be selected. Please be advised that it is Murphy’s law that a million other events will also coincide on the same day.
Party paraphernalia can get expensive. You can make your own invitations and decorations. They often only require a bit of cardstock, glue and a paper punch.
If you plan an outdoor soiree please have a plan B on hand in the event isolated thunderstorms are predicted for the day. (Refer to Murphy’s Law.) This does not necessarily need to spell doom. You can then decorate the tables well in advance.
You can create free customized bingo cards complete with your child’s name and preferred theme HERE.
A spin off of “pin the tail on the donkey” was played. This game was found brand new at Goodwill. You could also create a similar game with poster board and a bit of imagination.
If your child has their heart set on a piñata and none can be found, you can make your own with this tutorial. Or try altering a piñata you find in the clearance section for $5 because it is dented on one side.
Resist the urge to automatically say “No.” Set aside your perfectionistic tendencies and agree that the child can create it.
After such physical expenditures your guests will be in need of refreshment. Have plenty of plates, napkins and utensils on hand. (If you buy clear plastic ware it can be washed by hand and reused for many different party themes.)
If your guests are growing boys with hallow legs you may also serve the excess pieces left over by the cookie cutter cutouts. Just dress them up with dessert picks.
A few minutes before the free child care ends feel free to load the guests up with sugar for full parental enjoyment.