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Favors are one of highlights for children at a birthday party. They love getting little gifts of their own to take home with them. You donít need to get too extravagant when it comes to party favors. Try and get some favors to go along with your theme. If you are having a princess theme give girls tiaras as they arrive and a bag full of beauty items. Hairbrushes, hair clips, nail polish, and lip gloss are all fun and inexpensive ideas. More general favor ideas include pencil and eraser sets, notepads, and candies.
Food for Thought
Party food is a key component to any great birthday party. Depending on how long party is, youíll probably want to offer a lunch or dinner as well as snack and treats throughout day. Most kids donít have discriminating tastes so you donít need to go overboard with a gourmet meal. Simple is usually better when it comes to kids.
Keep your snacks standard. Candy, chips, and pop will suffice, there is no need to add any fancy appetizers to mix since they will probably get ignored. However, adding a veggie and fruit plate is a good idea since even kids can get sick of sweet stuff. Be sure to have plenty of beverages on hand, and to save your sanity try and avoid caffeinated pops. Juice and water should be on hand as well. You can also make a fun colorful fruit punch for kids to enjoy.
As for food, stick with simple dishes such as pizza, burgers, and hotdogs. These items are simple to prepare (or order) and will be a hit with kids. Before planning your menu check to see if any of children have food allergies or special dietary needs. Most parents whose kids have serious allergies such as peanuts will probably let you know as soon as invitation is accepted. However, if youíve got a little vegetarian in group last thing you want to do is serve them a hamburger or hotdog. The birthday cake is piece de resistance of party. Everyone loves to see what type of delightful cake will be presented and how many candles birthday boy or girl can blow out. If your baking skills consists of adding eggs and water to a package mix, fear not. While a package cake will still be a hit with kids, there are plenty of cake shops and bakeries that can create any cake you desire. For instance, if youíre going with a baseball sports theme, you can get a delicious cake of any type shaped like a baseball. The kids will love it, and it saves you time and frustration as well. Make sure you know birthday boy or girlís favorite flavor before you order.
While planning a birthday party can be a difficult and time consuming task, all work will be worth it when you see how much fun all kids have. Birthday parties are monumental occasion for kids, and more special you can make it better.
John Lenaghan writes about party planning and other tips for the Party Ideas 4u website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about Halloween party ideas, birthday party ideas and other party planning topics.