Initially, I didn't plan to have a party for them. However, my girl said her friends asked if they could come over to celebrate. This is the first year they are in this new school and so, I didn't want to disappoint their new friendships.
Okay, now that the party is over, I can tell you the one thing NOT to do when planning a kids birthday party:
DON'T COOK TOO MUCH FOOD!
When it comes to kids, they're not interested in eating, they just want to play.
I had 10 kids at the party. Their parents were invited too but they didn't want to come. All of them just dropped their kids off. I cooked spaghetti, fried mee hoon, chicken nuggets, fried crab balls, coleslaw, mash potatoes, a big tray of jelly and 2 birthday cakes. I think they ate only 1/3 of what I cooked. We ended up eating the leftovers the next 3 days.
So, what was the party about?
- First, they played badminton in the garden. My mom even bought a badminton net.
- Then they had some food.
- I organized a game of "pass the parcel". I had them do things like hula hoop, jumping jacks, and charades. Of course I gave prizes too: junk food. Although I don't like to give children junk food to eat, it was the cheaper option. Sorry.
- The game they all couldn't wait to play: WATER BALLOON FIGHT!
- They were having so much fun getting wet, I almost forgot to bring out the birthday cakes and dessert.
Mama's Birthday Party Tips
- Fill up the water balloons early. I was busy preparing the food the whole day, I didn't do the water balloons until later. My kids couldn't help either coz' they didn't know how to tie the balloons. Plus, the mouth of the water balloons was so small, there was only one tap in the house that could be used to fill the balloons. In the end, I didn't quite have enough water balloons for the kids. It would have been nice to have more.
- I had to put some water in the pail of water balloons. If not, the balloons stuck to one another and would burst when you picked them up.
- Make clear rules where they can and cannot throw the water balloons. Designate a "war zone".
- Remember to tell your guests to bring a towel and spare change of clothes.
- Remind the birthday kids to be extra nice to the younger non-birthday siblings. Tell them how tough it can be for the younger ones to see their siblings enjoying the spotlight.
- Don't kill yourself cooking tons of food.
- If the kids are older, you don't have to organize so many games. My kids were 8 and 10 years old. They seem to know how to occupy themselves. BUT computers are off limits. Yup, they did ask me if they could use our computers.
- Expect parents to come late in picking up their children. I had 2 parents come at 9pm. My DH wondered if the parents wanted their children back. Hahahaha.
- If you need idea for games, try Printable Kids Birthday Games*