Tips for throwing a fun, stress-free kids birthday party in Telford
16th February 2016
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As parents, we like to do the best we can for our kids. We do everything for them that we can. However, sometimes trying to do it all can put a strain on our enjoyment and how the kids enjoy it too. This is never more true than in a kids birthday party scenario! So, here are some tips on what to think about:

The Guest List

Often nursery and primary school children have an all-or-nothing policy on parties, requiring parents to invite the whole class or no one at all. By secondary school, however, these kinds of restrictions are generally gone, leaving the child or the parents to decide on how large of a party to throw. If you're looking for a rule that helps keep guest lists manageable, many party professionals suggest inviting the approximately same number of kids as candles - sometimes called the "age plus one" rule. By this calculation, a child turning seven gets eight party guests, and so on. 


The Guest List's Family

Kids' parties (especially those for nursery and primary school children) are a family affair with parents and siblings often coming along to keep an eye on their young children. Plan on putting out some refreshments such as coffee or teas to include the parents. If you prefer to have kids dropped off and don't have room for siblings, make sure to say so on the invitation.


Get Help!

While it might seem like a good idea at the time; hosting the party in your home, laying on the buffet and acting as the kids entertainment is often (if not always) a stressful and costly affair. It's always a good idea to try and minimise the workload at your child's party. You can do this in a number of ways that are often affordable but always are worth the money spent. Ways to keep the party enjoyable for both you and your child include:

Book a venue: there are some great party venues in Telford which are perfect for kids parties. They often offer tailored packages to meet you party needs and budget; from hiring the room alone to having in-house entertainment and party bags. It really is down to you, to find out more click here.

Call the caters: the stress of making enough food to feed 30 children plus parents is no mean feat. Many parents set out thinking they will DIY the buffet to keep costs down, often underestimating the time and ingredients needed to get it right and offer enough choice. The best idea is to bring in outside catering. This may sound expensive but trust us, it's less than you think. Telford based Sofood! offers brilliant catering for all type of functions, including kids birthday parties. They can even make the cake too! To find out more click here.

After all, as the host you should be able to to mix with guest. Guests definitely have more fun at a party when the host is relaxed; and after all, this is your party too!


In keeping with the point of getting help, Kids entertainers  can add a lot - creating the special moment and giving Mum and Dad a breather. From Elsa impersonators to a sports themed party there are some great kids party entertainers in Telford. For more information click here.


Party Bags

Party bags are a joy and a curse. Children love them, parents groan as yet more 'platic tat' enters the family home! A bucket full of balls is a great idea - kids can take one home instead. Or a new idea is reusable water bottles, they are so useful for parents at home after the event!

For more parent and child information around Telford click here.


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