One of the great joys of parenting is the chance to show how much you love them and there’s no better way than on their birthday. It’s their special day of the year (besides every other holiday that includes presents) so of course you’re going to give them the best you possibly can, because that’s just what kind of parent you are! But towering over a half done cake as you attempt to artistically frost the face of some cartoon character, while decorations start peeling off the walls, and the kids start running into the kitchen screaming about something you can’t comprehend, there has to be an easier way! So here are a few tips to show how much you love your kid on their birthday, without all the blood boiling tension.
Prepare to plan
This should be done weeks in advance. Start by sitting down, pen and paper handy and making a checklist of all that you’d like to include and have completed for the special day. It’ll help you to get an idea of what needs to be done and how to organise it all in the most efficient manner possible.
Let’s talk budget
No doubt that it’s easy to go a little overboard with your child’s special day, or depending on your financial circumstance, budget is your number one concern. You want to have a fun filled day without breaking the bank. So the first step for a successful, and stress free, party is always figure out the numbers and stick with it. If you’re unsure, explore what’s out there by calling up some party venues and assessing their charges and what comes included, then decide from there.
Location, location, location
There are a couple of choices when it comes to where exactly your child’s birthday party will be held. Park, home, or a party venue? These choices vary based on economies of scale. The actual cost per child will definitely be lower if you have it at home or in a park, but the ease and efficiency of party venues is tough to beat. Party venues will provide the games, entertainment, catering and you typically just need to bring the cake.
Choosing the theme
A theme of the party can be anything. From a beloved superhero, character, colour or movie. This may make choosing a venue and settling on the nitty gritty details like invites, décor, goodie bags and more a whole ton faster and easier.
Fun and games
The hardest part is always figuring out how to keep the kids having the most fun. The easiest options are party venues as they will provide the games and entertainment, or will have the entire party surrounding an activity. But having a party at home or in a park can be easier if you can hire a children’s entertainer, a magician, clown or face painter, you’ll be able to get things done while the kids stay busy.
Delivering on munchies
Whether you decide to make the cake or have a store bought one, getting a cake ready is fifty percent of the work. Kids are typically running around and having way too much fun at parties to really want to eat a full meal, so light and easily replenishable snacks are a good way to go. Keep it simple!
Goodie Bags galore
To finish off the celebration, goodie bags are always the way to go. But it can get difficult depending on the size of the group. Some party venues can provide goodie bags while some easy and simple go-to ideas can be assorted chocolate, t-shirts or just a small party favour that falls within the theme.
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Thinking about seeking a party venue? To help you get started, here are some awesome spots to check out:
“The park can host birthday parties for groups of up to 60 children, and the park has over 80 exhilarating activities across five different circuit levels which allows kids to explore and challenge themselves. This allows mum and dad to relax and watch from afar, or if you are an adventurous parent, you can put yourself right in the middle of the action too!” - Aventura, The Nature Adventure Park.
For the adventurer’s birthday, Aventura provides a birthday filled with unique and action-packed activities including tree surfing, zip-lining, and rope climbing! A host is also provided to guide the entire occasion, so parents can sit back and relax. It is priced at Dhs 175 per child and includes a party area, tables, chairs, decorations and a lunch box for each child. To book your birthday party at Aventura call 052-1787616 or visit www.aventuraparks.com
“Fabyland provides a safe yet thrilling environment that children and adults can trust and enjoy - all conveniently located under one roof. It is the perfect venue for birthday parties as they offer the complete package from themed décor, designer cake, activities & games, food & drinks and return goodie bags.” -Fabyland.
Fabyland has an array of games and rides all under one roof. They also provide four different birthday packages to choose from: Unlimited Fun, Extreme Fun, Super Fun and the VIP Package. Your child and their friends can enjoy a ton of activities along with a magic show, popcorn, meet the mascot and a digital album. For more information visit www.fabyland.a
Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club
“Looking for a memorable and hassle-free birthday party for your little one and friends? Let Fairmont Flacons Kids’ Club make it a very Happy Birthday. Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club has everything a child could dream of: an outdoor obstacle course, climbing wall, face painting, Magic Phil’s magic show, Splash Park together with parachute, musical and party games and much more.” -Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club.
Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club also offers healthy food options and is available for bookings every day. Party Packages start at Dhs 120 per child ages 4-8 and a minimum of 15 children. For more information visit www.fairmont.com
Splash ‘n’ Party
“Grown-ups looking for some rest and relaxation can sit back and unwind at the juice bar with a refreshing and deliciously healthy thirst-quencher, while a selection of plentiful fresh tasty snacks and light bites catering to all palettes are available at the indoor and outdoor restaurants.”- Splash ‘n’ Party.
For a wet and wild party, Splash’n’Party is a fun outdoors splash pad with water slides, and live music and performances. Their birthday packages include themes: mermaid lagoon, princess pamper, or ‘Ahoy Matey’ that cater to the entire immersive experience. The packages consist of a full range of activities including a birthday cake, magician, and face painting. Packages are priced at Dhs 120 for a minimum of 15 children. For more information visit www.splashnparty.ae