Feeling the pressure of planning your preschooler’s birthday party? With this handy checklist and some crafty thinking, you can host the perfect low-cost birthday shindig, stress-free.
It’s your kid’s birthday! But wait, that means so much organisation to put on the perfect party! Before you call the whole thing off, know that there are ways of simplifying your party organisation. Planning your child’s party doesn’t even need to be an expensive affair! To keep costs down, hold the party at home or better, if your preschool allows (as most local ones do), you can have the party at school (hurray for delegating the mess!).
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Some logistics in birthday planning are best sorted out well in advance. Pre-schools generally prefer you to give them at least two weeks’ notice of your plans. If you are holding the party at your condo you’ll need to reserve the facilities room often a few months ahead. For preschool, make sure to check with the class teacher, the availability of the classroom, the number of children (we don’t want any goodie-bagless kids!), and any dietary requirements (most schools are nut free) that you may have to cater for. Last of all set a ball-park budget of how much you intend to spend for the celebration.
Nothing quite brightens up a preschooler’s face, like seeing their favourite character appear for their birthday! Give teachers a break from leading the birthday song. Time for the ultimate surprise….drum roll….
For the first time ever, Netflix has released 15 Birthdays On-Demand, – where characters from LEGO friends, Pokémon, Barbie, King Julien and more – help make birthday celebrations even more exciting. Type ‘Birthday’ into the Netflix search bar, select your kid’s favourite character and voilà – their favourite cartoon character will lead the birthday singalong!
Now that you’ve locked down the main entertainment, why not theme the whole party around the show? For a budget friendly idea, choose a colour to correspond with your kid’s favourite character: like yellow for Pokémon, pink for LEGO friends and use inexpensive colour coding labels for cutlery, to decorate brown paper Daiso goodie bags and to stick on as cupcake toppers with long toothpicks.
Keep things simple so that you can cater for any dietary requirements. If possible, ensure that the food is halal and have some vegetarian options too. Since this is a relatively short affair, kid friendly grub such as mini sandwiches, sausage rolls, fruit and cupcakes will do the trick!
There is always temptations as a parent to fill the goodie bag right up to the brim. The reality is, kids will be happy with whatever you put in them as long as they can either eat or play with the contents! There are tons of free character printables online – choose character props like King Julien’s head piece some chocolate bars or raisin packs and you can never go wrong with bubbles. There’s no need to splurge on the packaging either, plain brown sandwich bags work a treat – wrap it up with a nice ribbon, stick on your coloured stickers and you’re good to go!