November 14, 2012
Planning a Children’s Christmas Party
The holidays are almost here and that means it’s time to start planning those holiday parties. You may be new to hosting Christmas parties and are a little nervous as a result…especially if you are planning on hosting a children’s Christmas party for your kids and their friends. The good news is that kids are generally pretty easy to please, especially around the holidays as this is naturally a joyous time of year for them. So, don’t get too stressed out. Below are a few tips to help you get started with your planning.
• Venue – The first thing you need to decide is where you want to host the party at. Most Christmas parties for young children are at the hostess’ home. This is definitely the easiest venue if you aren’t planning on a large number of children. However, if you are going to be inviting a lot of kids, then you may want to consider renting a room at a nearby hotel, bank or community center for the event.
• Date & Time – Before you can book the venue (if that’s the route you’re going to go) you have to know the date and time for the party. It’s important that you check the school calendar before you schedule any Christmas party, but especially a children’s Christmas party. If you don’t, you may not have a lot of guests come if there are school programs scheduled for the same evening.
• Activities – Next, think about what types of activities you are going to have for the kids to do. Depending on the age of the children, you may want to have an area where the kids can dance. Regardless of how old the guests are, you will need Christmas music playing. Other activities include playing Dirty Santa, Pin the (Toy) Bag on Santa, watching Christmas movies, etc. Also, if the party is in the evening, you will need food for the kids to much on and some good holiday punch to drink.
• Attire – The only time you need to worry about the attire worn by guests is if you want to host a formal Christmas party. If this is the case, make sure you are clear about it on the invitations so the kids show up in their holiday dresses and/or boys suits.
• Invitations – A lot of people who host children’s Christmas parties do it by word-of-mouth. While this can be an effective way to invite your guests, it’s really not a very formal way of going about it. And, just because the party is for kids doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do things properly. There are plenty of websites out there that will print customized invitations for very affordable prices. A couple of my favorite websites are Vistaprint and Tinyprints. Make sure you put all the important information on the invitation: where, when, what guests need to bring, will there be food, etc.