Throwing a birthday party requires several planning steps, including the entertainment. You can do anything from having a casual play date at home to hiring entertainers and renting bounce houses. There are several factors that help decide what to do for a birthday party. Use this guide to help you sort out the options.
Where you’re holding the party is one of the biggest factors in deciding on the entertainment. If you’re renting a party venue, check on restrictions on the type of activities you can do. If you’re just renting a room at a community center or a similar venue, you can probably do almost anything within reason that doesn’t cause damage. If you’re having the party at a birthday venue, the entertainment is usually chosen for you.
For home parties you have more flexibility. The major consideration is the amount of space available for the activity you want. For example, if you want to rent a bounce house, you’ll need enough flat outdoor space to hold the structure.
Budget is another factor for many families. You’re already spending a lot on the decorations, food and party favors. Hiring an expensive entertainer can break the budget. If there is more than one local option for the type of entertainment you want, check around for pricing to find the best deal. For a party on a budget, stick with activities you can do at home inexpensively, such as party games you create or crafts with basic materials.
Have you asked your child what he wants to do? Since it’s his special day, it makes sense to include him in the decision-making process. He may have ideas of how his friends would enjoy spending their time. If he’s not sure what to do, give him a few options within the budget so he can make the final decision.
The age of the guests you’re inviting can play a role in deciding what type of entertainment to plan. If most of the guests are toddlers, a party at a bowling alley isn’t the best idea. If you’re planning a party for your 12-year-old, a clown will likely be a flop. Keep in mind the ages and abilities of the people who will be at the party. You want an activity all of the kids can do and enjoy.
Mix and Match
Not sure what to do? Plan a few different activities. Rent a bounce house, set up a craft area and play a couple party games as a group, for example. You don’t have to schedule every minute of the party, so include some down time where the kids can just play too.