Planning a kid Christmas party can be stressful which is why I'm here to give you some tips and ideas to make your Christmas party really easy to prepare.
I am a naturally organized person but with that goes the stress of trying to be organized! However I think I have it sassed now and if you are looking for some ideas to help Christmas party planning go with a bang then read on about how I do it......
Choose the date
Christmas day and the week building up to it are probably going to be a bit manic so unless you are mightily adventurous I would suggest not having a kid Christmas party then. Christmas trees and decorations start going on sale at the beginning of December so why not plan a kid Christmas party in the early part of December or between Christmas and New Year.
Make use of your freezer
Prepare as much food as you can in advance and pop it in the freezer. Christmas is a time of impromptu guests so having some bite size snacks that can be quickly heated in the oven or microwave will save you a lot of anxiety.
Shop out of season and grab those bargains
The January sales are a great time for picking up Christmas bargains – toys, cards, crackers, Christmas party decorations and even some edible goodies that have a long shelf life.
Have some gifts in reserve
Have some small unisex gifts wrapped and ready for those impromptu Christmas party guests. If you don't use them, save them till next year. Remember though to make a note of what's inside.
Overestimate the number of guests coming to the kid Christmas party
You'll think that you have it under control but there will always be the sibling, cousin and friend that has come to stay and who wants to join in with all the kid Christmas party fun.
Start a bits and bobs scrap box
If you and the kids are going to make kid Christmas party decorations, it is so much easier if you have all the scraps, cardboard rolls, boxes, ribbons, card etc. already to hand.
Book Kid Christmas party venues/entertainers well in advance
If you are sure of what you want make sure you book at least several months ahead. Some places are even booked years in advance! Find kid Christmas party entertainers in your area.
Make a small donation to charity
Whilst you are having a great time there will always be those that are less fortunate than yourself. Donate some money to charity, buy Christmas charity cards and get the kids to clear out all the toys that they never use and give them to the nearest children's hospital. The party guests could also bring one toy that they wish to donate.
Christmas Cracker Invitations
Get an inner cardboard tube like what you get in kitchen foil, and cover with red or green crepe paper. Make sure the paper is 4 inches longer than the tube at each end. Write the invites on paper, then roll them up and place inside the inner cardboard roll. Tie the end of the paper with colored ribbon so the invite looks like a Christmas cracker.
Christmas Tree Invitation
Using green craft paper, cut out Christmas tree shapes. Decorate one side with glitter glue and write the party details on the other. Punch a hole at the top of the tree and thread a ribbon through.
It is always worth having a mixture of game and crafts at a Christmas party as continually playing games can be tiring for the kids – and for you! Below are a few Christmas craft suggestions which have always been popular with my kids.
Below are a few games to get you started. Plus I have a whole page of kids Christmas Party Games
Christmas is a time for treats. Kids (and adults!) want to feel a little indulged and spoiled and what a great way to do it with the kids party food......cookies, cakes, sweets and lots of festive looking nibbles are sure to go down well.
Decorate the table with a green or red table cloth and then give a generous sprinkling of tinsel, glitter and small Christmas tree decorations. Have small crackers on the table and paper hats or how about a Christmas centerpiece. Here are some party food ideas which always go down a treat:
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