Organizing a kids party is excellent fun! No, wait! Come back! I'll explain.
The number of times have you dropped your kids off at a party, only to witness mayhem as quickly as the door is opened by a hassled mom whose eyes are pleading you to take her away from all of this and put her out of her misery? Behind her, 2 kids are swinging from the light fittings; another pair are destroying the carpet, presumably searching for a hidden entryway to the wonderful world of Narnia; and the rest are deeply fascinated in a who-can-stuff-the-most-hamsters-into-your-mouth contest.
It needn't resemble that ... The only factor that kids celebrations dissolve into little sessions of anarchy is boredom - which, dear moms and dad, is all down to you. "But, I tried so hard" , I hear you sob. Yes, you probably did: great deals of chips, a big cake, and lots of balloons.
The thing is, you broke the primary rule of kids parties.
The guideline that you should follow at all costs, unless you want your house damaged by a legion of little monsters ...
NEVER, EVER PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS!
Here's a secret: kids hate the game. Even if they once enjoyed it, they've played it at every birthday, Christmas and end of school party they've ever been to. Plus, you're the one who needs to manage a dozen or more bored kids careering round the edges of the space while 2 figured out finalists battle it out for that final seat.
That leads me perfectly to rule number two:
NEVER PLAY ANY GAME THAT INVOLVE KIDS BEING 'OUT'
If you play games that keep all the kids involved from start to finish, you've got their attention-- and when you've got their attention, they aren't scratching their name into the varnish of your table.
Here are a few more tried and checked party laws:
GET RID OF THE PARENTS
Aside from the ones that are there to help, parents get in the way. Plus, their kids will not actually begin to enjoy themselves till their figure of authority has gone.
PROVIDE EACH KID A NAME STICKER
Not just will you remember who everyone is, they likewise help quieter children to start the ball rolling, and you can compose everything from parent's mobile phone numbers to special dietary requirements on them, therefore avoiding needless stress.
See how easy it can be?
ALWAYS HAVE A PARTY THEME
It's the 21st century. A few party poppers and re-lighting candles just do not do it anymore. A party theme gets the kids excited from the minute they get their invitation, and gives you something to do on the special day as they start to show up.
The early kids can make additional little bits of costume or aid with last minute decorations while they're waiting for their pals to turn up.
Then, run the party in this order:
GAMES - FOOD - PRESENTS
It may seem cruel to the party child, but always leave the opening of the presents to the end of the party to avoid presents getting broken or lost in the fun. And if you get the kids running wild after they've had food, you're simply asking for trouble!
That's all there is to it. Follow those six simple guidelines, and you'll enjoy the party practically as much as your kids.
Plus, you'll be considered a hero at the school gates on Monday morning! And remember to have fun! It is a party after all!