10 Tips for Great Kids Parties
By “Miss Dylan” Glanzer of Parties by Dylan & Company
I have been doing kids’ birthday parties in NJ for over 24 years. Do you want your child and their friends to be totally engaged, energized, playful, curious, surprised, successful, and happy for a whole hour at your party? Would you like to have Peace of Mind knowing that your party is in good hands with a reputable and reliable company? Would you like to have wonderful memories that last a lifetime as you celebrate each milestone in your child’s life? The key is the variety of music and the short, age-appropriate activities we offer. Each party is unique because every group is unique, so though we work from a basic party format, we can gear the party especially for your child and their friends. That is why “Our Biggest Fans Are Under Five!”
Here are my 10 Tips for Great Kids’ Birthday Parties in NJ (plus an extra bonus!):
1. Have a plan! Grab your free copy of my Party Planning Checklist here! Just sign up for my mailing list for your virtually stress-free party.
2. Entertainment should typically last about an hour for children in this age group. Too much time will overwhelm young children, especially your 2 year olds.
3. Just book one entertainer or type of entertainment. Younger children do not handle too many choices well. For example, if you book a musician, forget about adding that costume character!
4. Parties for young children do not need to involve prizes, in my opinion. If everybody gets to play, then everybody wins!
5. If a party is in a playroom, push the toys to the wall, into a closet, or onto toy shelves before entertainment begins. Toys are too tempting.
6. Use name tags. (We always bring them to the party.) Children feel less shy of a new person when that person can use their name to encourage participation in the activities.
7. Hands on props are so much fun because young children like to be as active and hands-on as possible at a party. You can use things like puppets, rhythm instruments, and scarves along with a variety of familiar music.
8. Don’t expect children to sit too long doing one activity, like a sing-along! Party activities should change every 10 minutes.
9. Do activities that children can do at the same time. It is too much for children under 3 to “wait their turn!”
10. Keep all activities SHORT!!! Pay attention to their attention, and change to the next activity as soon as you notice children getting distracted.
BONUS: Give your entertainer an alternate cell phone and make-sure that someone can answer your phone if you are busy being the “host with the most!”
If you have any questions about kids’ birthday parties in NJ, feel free to call me at (732) 536-0404 or email me at Dylan@Partiesdydylan.com. Good luck with your party planning!