Since 2012, we have helped over 150 children celebrate their special days. From the extravagant and hectic to the laid back and simple, we have seen all types of kid’s party take place across Hong Kong. Here are some quick tips that we have picked up along the way and hopefully parents looking to arrange smooth, entertaining parties can benefit from this.
7 USEFUL TIPS
1. ALLOW A "LATENESS WINDOW"
Any scheduled events or “highlights” of the party should start at least 30-45 minutes after the party start time so that all can participate. A meet & greet period should last around 15 minutes. Add in a 15 minute lateness window and your main events should begin around 30 mins after the stated start time of the party.
2. PROVIDE PURPOSE/STRUCTURE FOR THE KIDS
.Whether this is a fun game like a treasure hunt or tug of war or the introduction of some kind of entertainer, having some kind of structure to funnel kid’s energy is essential. Parties that are too free and promote wild behaviour can be stressful for all involved and can end (prematurely) in tears and generally bad experiences.
3. …AND FOR THE PARENTS!
Parties are a great opportunity to make new friendships with parents in similar positions to you so ensure that the environment allows this opportunity to be fully taken. Some parent/children games are often a blast too! We suggest preparing name stickers for the kids to ease our communication with the kids as coaches, but why not do the same for parents to promote interaction?
Don't take anything for granted, if you would like for the parents to stay for the duration of the event then explicitly state this in the invite. Needless to say, wine and nibbles will add to the attraction of such an offer!
4. SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
If you are arranging all of the activities yourself, make sure that the party has a gradually escalating level of excitement and engagement. Unveiling the most entertaining activities or equipment at a party too early and the risk of it "running flat" is a very realistic one. Don’t panic if you think things seem a bit quiet to start, just know that you have something worth waiting for (whether it's balloons, water guns, stickers and not to mention- cake!) to bring to the crowd towards the finale!
5. HAVE A BACKUP
Whether this is simply a change of venue or a complete change of activity, always have a plan B - especially for outdoor parties. Some venues that we book have the option of an indoor backup-this eradicates the much unneeded stress of having to postpone the event at the last minute, or even worse- halfway through!
6. DON'T SPEND CRAZILY!
You know your child best. Ask yourself what really matters to them at their party and invest wisely in the few things that they will notice the most. Great giveaways aren't defines by their price tags. DIY model aeroplanes and cheap, shiny medals often do the trick. Stamps and stickers are also something that seem to strike amazement in children.
6. QUIET PARTY BAGS & DECORATIONS
Loud party instruments add stress to almost any party. Your friends will also not thank you for the racket that the kids cause on the way home either! For the interests of all, provide something that engage the children in a quiet manner- yoyos, puzzles, DIY planes etc.
7. DON'T STRESS
NO party is perfect. Focus on being calm and positive and your child will likely have a great day :)