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Should I host my kids party at home?

Should I host my kid’s party at home?

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The place you choose to have your kid’s birthday party is a big decision to be made right at the beginning of your party planning process. Have your kids party at home? At an all-inclusive venue? Or perhaps at a community/scout/neighbourhood hall. Some people don’t give it a second thought and know exactly what they will do. But maybe you need a bit of guidance…

 

Cost

  • At home: To start with, it’s waaay cheaper to host your kids party at home. There are NO venue costs! With venue often being that one really big expense, having the party at home immediately reduces that cost by 100%. Lower cost parties are the bomb diggity. Right?
  • At a venue: It will definitely cost more to host your party at a venue, but perhaps the positives outweigh the negatives for you, read on to find out more.

 

Choice

  • At home: You can do what you like, when you like. You can organise your own food or catering, choose what decorations you like and where they will go. You can be totally flexible with hosting the party at a time that suits you.
  • At a venue: Your choices are often somewhat limited, this is a great thing for people who like to procrastinate or struggle making decisions. Limited choice can be a good thing in some cases, although can mean added expenses if your catering and decoration choices are limited to ‘recommended suppliers’.

 

The Set up and pack up

  • At home: Set up and pack up time is unlimited. Whatever works for you really. You can spend a whole week setting up the deco’s and food if you wanted to, doing a little bit each evening after work, getting all excited and maintaining your party planning Zen.
  • At a venue: Some venues might do everything for you (but where’s the fun in that?). This means zero set up and pack up required by you. Other venues (e.g. community halls) will give you a limited time to set up and pack up. And don’t forget about packing and unpacking your car with all the food and decorations you plan on using.

 

The dreaded tidy up

  • At home: There is no escaping the tidy up at home. It’s likely you’ll have a tidy up before and after the party to ensure your place is looking spic and span before your friends arrive. Then, after the party chaos ensues, you’ll need to make your home liveable again. Keeping the party contained to one area/room of the house can help with the set up and tidy up.
  • At a venue: Some venues will take care of all of this for you; awesome! If your venue is a Community Hall, it’s up to you to return the hall back to the state you found it in, so your own tidy up is a must.

 

The Verdict – kid’s party at home? Or at a venue?

Both options are great. You can’t go wrong. To make your decision, you need to decide what is most important to you. If a full tidy of your home is a nightmare waiting to happen, go with a venue. Maybe you want to cut down costs, have the party at home. Short on time or creativity is just not your thing? Go with an all-inclusive venue. If you like everything just so, have your kids party at home and have all the control you want.

 

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Are Insta-worthy Kid’s Parties worth it?

Are Insta-worthy Kid’s Parties worth it?

 

Having a beautiful party set up is sooo important these days…or is it? We like to think not. Sure it is nice to have something pretty to post on social media, but isn’t it more important to ensure your guests are having a great time? Insta-worthy kid’s parties are great…but perhaps …a bit over rated.

Over the last 8 years since Instagram has been in existence, more than 50 billion photos have been shared, 1 billion users downloaded the app and a whopping 68% of all users are female! Wow! It’s safe to say if you’re not on Instagram, a big chunk of your family or #girlsquad certainly are!

When I scroll through my feed I see a lot of businesses, friends and celebrities posting gorgeous, lux kid’s party photos. These parties feature everything from elaborate flower or balloon installations to too-pretty-to-eat food. What I don’t see a whole lot of is smiling kids who are having an absolute ball! And isn’t that what kid’s parties are meant to be all about?

 

What do kids remember about a party?

The excitement, awe and joy they felt. The atmosphere, the fun times and the new things they discovered.

We hear time and time again that guests from our dance parties are still talking about how much fun they had weeks after the party. Many of our customers keep the decorations very simple or non-existent, and still, their guests are blown away by how amazing their party was.

 

Where to focus your party budget

Having glorious decorations can create lots of beautiful photographs and will certainly be impressive, especially to your adult guests. But kid’s really won’t notice or care too much about your invitations matching your place cards or your colour scheme being on point. We say focus your budget on enjoyable activities and entertainment that gets your guests involved and engaged. A pretty set up is not enough to captivate your little guests’ attention for longer than 5 minutes. Seriously!

A few questions to ask yourself – How can you engage your guests? Hold their attention? Make them smile? How can you create a bright and enjoyable atmosphere? How can you create lifelong memories?

 

But how did it make you feel?

When I’m planning a party or event I ask myself, “how do I want my guests to feel?” A feeling comes from the general atmosphere, the people and the good times had. Generally, I want my guests to feel welcome, happy and entertained. This is a little harder to create for children. Adults can feel welcome, happy and entertained at a party that has a bit of music playing, some wine and a friendly face to chat with. Kids need a bit more than that. They need activities, surprises, distraction.

Let’s create wonderful memories for our kids that last a lifetime, not wonderful Insta-worthy decorations that only last a moment.

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