Having a kids’ party can be difficult. The reasons? Most moms want to make sure the little ones love their kid’s party, but since there will likely be other parents and adults in attendance, it’s important they enjoy it as well. There may even be some adults there who aren’t parents at all, so as a host you probably don’t want them to feel like they’re not part of the fun.
So how do you make a party that the kids are going to have a blast at while balancing that against what the adults are going to find enjoyable?
Designate an Adult Area
When you think about the overall design of most kids’ parties, there’s probably a table set up for the little ones where they can enjoy cake, treats and whatever activities might be part of the event. At the same time, there aren’t often similar seating areas for the adults. Try to make the grownups feel comfortable and as if they have a good place to relax and enjoy food and drinks by adding a seating area, and if possible, a table as well. Try to add enough seats for all the adults. This will be a great place for the parents and other adults attending the party not just to relax without standing awkwardly, but also converse more easily.
Choose A Simple Theme
While your child might want an entirely character-themed birthday, there are ways to also keep the party theme simple and refined, which will help adults feel more like they’re at a gathering for all ages. Consider doing the theme your child chose with the cake, and perhaps a few other decorations such as the plates the little ones will eat from, but then do the rest of theme around a sophisticated color palette.
Offer Food Choices
If you’re having a party that includes guests of all ages, it’s a good idea to also provide food for all ages. Having food for both the kids and the adults can make people feel more comfortable and included. Try to have a table of foods for the adults, and you might even add in a signature cocktail that the parents will enjoy.
If you’ve ever been to a child’s party and seen adults milling around, unsure of what to do while their children are interacting, that’s likely because there weren’t planned activities. Try to choose a few activities parents can do with their kids, such as crafts or games. It will serve as an ice breaker and keep everyone occupied and involved while they’re at the party.
Hire a Babysitter
As a final note, if you really want a party where people of all ages can kick back and enjoy themselves, you might consider hiring a babysitter. Parents can feel on-edge and unable to socialize if they’re constantly making sure their children are safe and okay. A babysitter can relieve some of this anxiety and help everyone kick back, at least a bit.