Taking the Competition Out of a Child’s Birthday Party

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Children’s birthday parties are beginning to join the ranks with other holidays that have lost the purpose for being. If your children, or even friends and neighbors are getting on your last nerve about what you should buy, what you should do, and who you should invite, take a break and read on for some tips on how to curb the competition.

First off, it’s just not necessary to hire the best clowns, order the most expensive gifts, and match up floor to ceiling on some fleeting theme of the week. Even if you’ve got an unlimited supply of money, a children’s birthday party would be better spent creating interactive situations and focusing on the children’s level of fun and excitement. While having the best of the best seems like it would be most appreciated and nice for the children, by doing this you instill the competitive feelings in children who might be less fortunate, as well as teaching the birthday child that the sky’s the limit on material things.

If money is an issue, shop the dollar and discount stores. Many unique and higher quality items can be located by simple browsing. One can find giftwrap, greeting cards, bows, wrapping paper, party favors and cute gift items for not a lot of money. If your child’s favorite ‘theme’ is not available, stick to the theme with the cake, and get something fun but unrelated for the rest of the spread.

Either purchase or provide craft kits or items for the children to make at your party. This will be fun, interactive and eat up some time. Children should be fairly engaged in completing their work so that they can share with others. This and the party games should be just about enough healthy competition for one party.

Set up children’s party games.  A great website for ideas can be found here . You can play classic games like ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ or other fun games like ‘Ha Ha Ha.’ This too will keep them focused on fun, rather than who got what and how expensive the gifts might or might not be.

Surely your main focus is for everyone involved to have fun. Children learn what they are taught, so shower love, attention and fun over all the children and they will surely remember your party over that $400 gift item they received last year.

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