Children’s birthday parties are beginning to join the ranks with other holidays that have lost the purpose for being. If your children, friends, neighbors, or even other parents are getting on your last nerve about what you should buy, what you should do, and who you should invite to your children’s birthday party, take a break and read on for some tips on how to curb the competition.
First thing, throw all of the above right out the window. Create an “experience” for the child and friends looking forward to this special event. If you’ve got a child harping for ponies, clowns and high-priced gadgets, perhaps it is time to sit down and have a little chat. Children learn what the world teaches them. Parents and guardians are at the forefront of that education, and should be leaders in guiding them toward the proper directions in life. Spend, spend, spending is not a proper direction, no matter how you look at it, and no matter how much money you have.
It’s just not necessary to hire the best clowns, purchase the most expensive gifts, and decorate floor to ceiling for the favorite fleeting cartoon or fairy theme of the week. Even if you’ve got an unlimited supply of money, a children’s birthday party would be better spent creating special and 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 the greatest idea for the children, by doing this you instill the competitive feelings of materialism 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 in your local area. 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 one dollar or less. If your child’s favorite ‘theme’ is not available, order a themed cake, and find something fun but unrelated for the rest of the spread.
You might 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 is linked 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 and healthy competition, 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 excitement over all the children involved, and they will surely remember your party over that $400 gift item they received last year.