It's your child's first birthday party and, naturally, you want his or her first to start with a bang. It's every parent's dream to be able to give his or her child the best first birthday party ever, because first birthdays set a milestone in a person's life. This is why most people do not hesitate to go all out with this event.
No children's birthday party would be complete without the entertainment. This is what the child and his young visitors look forward to in a party. Never mind spending too much effort and energy on what food you're going to serve. Place much of your attention to the games and activities that will make your child's party the most memorable.
Entertainment mainly refers to games. Thus, you have to have several activities planned to keep the birthday celebrator and his or her guests out of boredom. At a children's party, nothing is more terrible than having the kids complain that they want to go home early during the event because nothing's happening. You have to have activities that will hold their attention for the duration of the event.
What types of games can you use? Pin the tail on the donkey (or any other character or object) is a staple in most parties. It has been a tried and tested entertainer and it never fails to keep the kids happy.
Another activity you can have is Hit the Pinata. It's easy to make a pinata. You just need a paper grocery bag filled with all sorts of goodies and little toys and decorate it with colorful paper and stickers. Just make sure that there is an adult who will supervise this activity because the kids might accidently hit one another with the stick.
Aside from games, another child's birthday party activity you can have is a magic or puppet show. Scan the local yellow pages or surf the Internet to see who offers these services in your area. Most of the people who offer magic and puppet shows often also offer clowning, mascots, balloon art, face painting, story telling sessions, and other kiddie entertainment.
If you want to tickle your little partygoers' visual faculties, you might want to set up a projector inside a closed room to simulate a theater experience and show cartoons and other children's shows. This will help keep the children preoccupied and still for about an hour and half or so. Pixar and Disney animated films are favorites.
There are many activities possible for children's parties. If you have no idea what these can be, try asking friends who have already thrown parties for their children. Or you can do your research on the Web. If you're a first-time parent, this will be an exciting experience for you. For those planning a party for the second or third third, etc., child, this will still be interesting as you will likely try to trump the last birthday party you held.
Planning birthday parties is tedious, but it can also be very enjoyable. How can it not be? All the preparations and thinking you will be making will all be for your child's benefit and happiness. So why not go all out?