How to Throw a Child’s Birthday Party Without Losing Your Mind

Children’s parties are unique. Most often, children don’t understand the time and effort that goes into creating a party just for them. Such a party has the potential to amaze and excite, but the other side of the coin is revealed when the parent or guardian who’s in charge of the party takes a look at the task at hand. Planning a large party, or even a small- or medium-sized party, can take a toll on anyone’s sanity if they’re not prepared. Here are a few ideas to help with throwing your child’s party while keeping your sanity in tact.

Activities during your child’s party need not be expensive. Open-ended activities with goals or rewards are a good starting point. Party games such as “Capture the Flag” and “Steal the Bacon” are perennial favorites among outdoorsy children, and the materials cost of these games are negligible. Another option is to bring some arts and crafts for them to work with. A box of 1000 popsicle sticks costs about $5, and the creative applications with glue — for parents as well as children — are endless. That said, if whatever activity preparation you’ve come up with doesn’t interest the young partygoers, you don’t need to worry. As long as they’re enjoying themselves, whether they’re enjoying the activity or just playing and socializing, the occasion will still be special. 

That said, a special occasion can always be made easier to manage. Invitations can certainly be made special and personal without your having to worry about spending lots of money on them or making them unique. Many invitation card templates that can be found online for free. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, either. If this is a party for your child and his or her friends, try to find a parent who knows what other children would like as well. It would also be a good idea to find a local business that specializes in throwing birthday parties or providing entertainment if you’re looking to take a hands-off approach. Finding such a business is as simple as searching on Google for “bounce house rentals NYC.” Keeping a child’s party simple is never a bad thing, but you should know exactly what you and your child want from the day.


Almost as important as the party itself is the food you serve. You should have food that everyone will enjoy. Discuss favorite snacks with your child, and it would also be a good idea to ask your party guests about allergy information. Making your food easy to eat and clean up after is also a good idea. Chicken nuggets, pigs in a blanket, wraps, and even Swiss cake rolls are all good examples of finger foods that can be delicious. Making the party’s cake unique is also a great way to help make the party memorable. If you can’t find an interesting cake at your local store, try making one yourself. You should never underestimate the power of delicious, interesting food.

Try to not stress over the details if you can help it. An enjoyable occasion with your family is one of the best gifts you can give, and your child will have a better time if you remember not to overextend yourself. You can never go wrong with just ordering pizza if you think that’s the best call. No single guide can tell you how you and your child like to have fun, but if you do your best, the party will be worth remembering.