Theme parties are great because it is so easy get party supplies based on a theme such as Barbie or Disney Princesses – or you can start with a really low budget color theme and have simply have everything one color – pink balloons, pink lemonade, pink cupcakes and pink napkins. Your theme can be based on an activity like a scavenger hunt, or an outing to a circus or a beach party. Or you can transform your home into Batman s cave or a fairy castle and plan activities and food accordingly. The main thing is to plan the event so that you can enjoy it too, and don t be so busy that you forget to take photographs!

Birthday parties are a wonderful opportunity for you to involve friends and family to help with games, passing the cake and taking care of little ones. Preschoolers have a short attention span and need lots of activities from the moment they arrive, for example, simple craft projects like coloring their own themed placemats or assembling party hats out of prepared materials.

Reading a story on the chosen theme – Elmo, Dora the Explorer – can settle them down before the food and always have a few extra games planned in case one is a flop. A paid entertainer can sometimes be a waste of money – a friend or teenager in costume can be just as much fun, especially if they are handing out the party favors at the end!

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