Our children are the lights of our lives and celebrating
their birthday is a wonderful reminder of their gracious
arrival into our world. Planning the perfect birthday
party for them, however, is a little less wonderful,
and for many parents an intimating and stressful task.
Not only do parents want their child’s party
to be a success, but they also want the time to enjoy
watching their child take part in the festivities.
Over the years, through my work with The Tiny Tiara,
I have discovered a few ways in which to help parents
make the party planning process a little more pleasant.
When you imagine the fun your child will have at
their party remember that there are many aspects of
the party that take time to plan. Invitations need
to be mailed, cake needs to be ordered, supplies and
decorations purchased, special requests to fulfill,
entertainers or entertainment facilities need to be
booked well in advance. The first thing to remember
is to allow at least 4-6 weeks to prepare, plan and
organize your celebration. Many of the more memorable
parties that I have planned have been the ones that
have been planned in advance to allow all creative
elements and finishing touches to be well thought
resources brought together seamlessly.
Another way to make the planning for your child’s
party a little less stressful is to choose an appropriate
theme. When thinking of a theme for your child’s
party, there are several things to consider such as
the age and gender of your child and their guests.
If your child is old enough, ask for their input.
Children are always very honest and up front regarding
their likes and dislikes. Not only will you gain some
insight into making your child’s party dreams
a reality but also planning together with your child
will add a positive element to the party planning
Once a theme has been chosen the next step is to
determine an itemized budget for the party. Many parents
that I have worked with didn’t realize the importance
of a budget and ended up spending excess amounts money
at the last minute and on items that, although may
have been necessary, weren’t considered in the
initial planning of the party. By the time you factor
in invitations, decorations, plates, cutlery, cake,
food, drinks, supplies for games and activities, prizes,
favours etc., the cost of a great children’s
party can be pricey!
Know what you are getting into! Determine costs and
look for ways to reduce expenses. Many entertainment
facilities provide package deals for parents to host
a fun party at an affordable price. At The Tiny Tiara,
much of the costs of hosting a party are reduced because
items like party decorations, plates, cutlery, costumes,
favours etc. are provided in the package thereby not
only reducing cost but grunt work as well.
Another way to minimize the stress of hosting a party
in honour of your little one is to create an itinerary.
Itineraries are an extremely helpful way to keep the
major events of the party on track and help to guide
your child and their guests smoothly from one activity
to another. When creating an itinerary, remember that
the usual running time for a child’s party is
approximately 2 hours from start to finish. Within
this 2 hour time frame be sure to include all major
party events such as greeting guests, an activity
or game, singing happy birthday, having birthday cake,
and possibly opening gifts. For those parents who
really don’t know where to begin when it comes
to an itinerary, there is help. Children’s entertainers
can be hired and will come with an itinerary or plan
of events and entertain your child and their guests.
Each and every Tiny Tiara celebration not only centers
around a theme-oriented detailed itinerary but all
celebrations include all of the resources needed for
exciting activities, fun and interactive games, elaborate
costumes and make-up. We also provide every event
with a Tiny Tiara Event Designer to professionally
plan, organize and tend to every refined detail of
your child’s classically elegant and special
day as well as a Tiny Tiara Celebration-Day Hostess
to guide party material set-up and breakdown and ensure
the flawless flow of planned party events.
Over the years I have seen many parents take on too
much when it comes to their child’s party. A
sure way of minimizing stress is to get help! Help
can come in many forms. However asking for or hiring
help seems to be the biggest under utilized aspect
of the party planning process. As a result parents
find themselves running around and consumed by the
behind-the-scene tasks that they miss those special
moments of their child’s day. When I created
The Tiny Tiara, my goal was to provide parents with
all of the necessities to create a wonderfully whimsical
party while still having time to watch their child
enjoy the festivities and celebrate the milestone.
Watching the joy on your child’s face as they
experience their party reminds us of our childhood
and allows us to ‘relive’ our childhood
through the eyes of our children. Every moment is
special and the memorizes of planning your child’s
party can be wonderful as well. Best of luck will
all of your party planning endeavors!
By Nicola Lohnes, The Tiny Tiara
905-956-0950 • www.tinytiaraparties.com