How to plan your kid's 7th birthday party

How to plan your kid's 7th birthday party

Planning your child's 7th birthday party is hard work, and can sometimes be confusing and stressful at times. From looking for a venue and suppliers, to listing down the guests and then the party itself, party planning takes a lot of hard work and effort! So it's important to make the 7th birthday program fun and enjoyable, and a memorable experience for your little one.

To help makes things easier for you, here's a simple guide to help make planning your child's 7th birth

The guestlist and time of the party

First off, it's important to consider who your guests would be. There's probably going to be a lot of kids the same age as your kid, so it means you would need non-stop games and kid-friendly food to prevent the kids from getting bored. You would need 2-3 hours, ideally from 11am-2pm. This is so guests won't immediately go for the food and to work around the children's nap times.

Gifts, gifts, gifts

If you think your kid has too many toys, you could suggest books or bookstore gift certificates from guests. It's also a good idea to create a gift registry so that guests can choose from pre-approved gifts to make things easier for them.

Cakes and goodies

Parents put a lot of effort into finding the perfect cake, so it's important to make it not just a part of the food that's served, but also an exciting thing unto itself. Make it memorable by turning it into a game. Make a mini-tray of cupcakes and frost it with icing. Put out bowls of sprinkles, colored sugar, and mini chocolate chips. Let the kids dip in and make their own creations. They now have a dessert and you have added another program to kid's 7th birthday!

Don't drive your self crazy thinking about what to put in the goody bags. Just think of what kids love to play with, and put those things in the goody bag. Throw in some fun stuff and a bottle of bubbles. Also, don't forget to put in some candies and little bits of chocolates.

Getting your child ready

For a kid that would be celebrating his 7th birthday party, your kid would be full of anticipation. Talk to your kid about what's going to happen. Guests would be coming over and your child would be the center of attraction. Some they may know, while some they won't. Remind your kids to be grateful of each and every present they receive, and say thank you to everyone who gives them gidts. Last but not least, that they should have fun as it is their party after all.

7th birthday program

So here comes the big day. Invitations have been sent and your little one is all dressed up. The host and suppliers have prepared for the events. Here's a little guide for the standard program:

11:00am - 11:20am - Arrival of guests

Considering the road traffic and other unexpected delays, allow some grace period for your guests' arrival. For the early birds, you could set some fun activities so that the kids won't get bored. Beads & crafts stations are a great way to keep them occupied and for a few more souvenirs as well as a face painting booth. You could also set up food carts so that guests won't get too hungry.

11:20am - 11:30am - Welcoming of guests

This is where you formally open the party. Welcoming the guests and introducing the celebrant is the best way to signal to the kids that the fun is just about to start. Let's also not forget that the parents would be introduced here as well for some proper acknowledgement for all your efforts. You may include an opening prayer.

11:30am - 12:00pm - Minor shows and games

To start the program, a balloon twisting show or a puppet show would surely get the kids excited. You could also play some games where the parents could participate as well. If you're tired of the usual "Bring Me," you could add a little twist to it. Focus on the average age of the children attending and choose games that can be played by them. Don't stray away from the theme if you have one.

You can try games like Popped Balloons. Using strings, tie inflated balloons to the ankle of every player. Now, play music and allow the entire party have a fun dancing session. The moment the music stops, they must try to pop the balloon of the person next to them, by stomping on it, while keeping their balloon safe. The person whose balloon bursts is out of the game. The last person standing with an intact balloon wins.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Candle blowing & lunch time

It's time to bring out the party cake for your kid to blow on the candles. This is the part where everyone sings Happy Birthday to your kid and claps. Ask your kid to dance as people sing happy birthday to avoid the awkward time where he just stands there as everyone sings.

Now that you got your guests nice and hungry from the games, it's time to serve them lunch. Remember that kids don't need the full hour for them to eat so set some side activities to keep them from getting bored. This is also a perfect time to open the photo booth or let the guests have their pictures taken by the official photographer.

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Entertainment

This is the perfect spot for a magic show, an acrobat show or a ventriloquism show. This is so that the kids wouldn't have to move around a lot after eating. You could also include dancing and singing numbers by some of the guests.

1:30pm - 2:00pm - Giveaways & Thank you's

You can make the giving away of the goodie bag more interesting by turning it into a game. You may give a few clues and let the kids guess what's inside the loot bag or you could play a different game. The catch is, whoever wins would get their bags first or with an additional prize.

Let the celebrant and the parents thank the guests for coming and bringing in gifts. You could end it with a bubble show as the set up could get quite messy. If there is spare time after the thank you's, the kids could go back and enjoy the side activities you prepared.

The 7th birthday program should be enjoyable and memorable to the celebrant and guests. But no matter how grand the celebration is, the most important thing is that your 7 year old has fun on his birthday!

Source: Parents, Hizon's Catering

Basahin: Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez throw a simple first birthday party for son, Kai

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