#1 Location, Location, Location
While having your birthday celebration at an off-site location is still very much on trend the types of venues parents are selecting to celebrate has changed. Instead of large entertainment centers party planning parents are opting for more controlled settings such as art studios to host their celebrations. The cozier environment that a studio provides is often a plus for pint sized guest that have sensory integration difficulties and for those that are easily over stimulated by busier environments. Parents also appreciate the more controlled setting because it allows them to enjoy the occasion and maintain a safe and comfortable environment without the worry of children getting lost or separated from the group which can occur at larger less controlled venues.
#2 Creative Expression Rocks!
Today’s party planning parents are choosing themes which emphasize creativity. By engaging guest in wonderful art based projects that match the style and personality of the guest of honor participants are allowed to exercise creative expression which has numerous positive impacts on children including; positive self- esteem, fostering healthy relationships, and team work. The personal and social-emotional benefits are endless. There are also numerous projects for children to choose from to express themselves on their special day. From creating colorful tutus, to designing their very own superhero capes (Click here to See Coopers Color to Canvas for complete of Art Activities to choose from) the options are endless!
#3 No Stress Party Planning
No stress party planning is here to stay; parents continue to work with businesses they can trust to bring their child’s celebration to life. More and more parents prefer to enjoy the birthday celebration by socializing and mingling with guest rather than being tied to actual management of the festivities. Other helpful tips for a stress free party include: 1.) Remember to invite all of your child’s classmates to the party, this promotes an inclusive environment and leaves no room for anyone feeling left out. 2.) If serving cake remember to check for food allergies. 3.) Make sure guest RSVP so you know exactly how many guest to plan for 4.)In the event children are being dropped off make sure you have all parents contact information. 5.) If there are any children that require special accommodations due to physical or learning exceptionalities let your site host know so that arrangements may be made to ensure their comfort.
#4 Check Out Beauty & the Beast, Amazing World of Gumball, and More!
Need help with goody bags? Look to Disney, Sprout, Nick Jr and your child’s interest for inspiration. This year Disney will release an updated version to Beauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon. Both will likely serve as great theme ideas for goody bags. Other popular children’s shows can also serve as inspiration. If your child isn’t big on TV consider Minecraft, Legos or their favorite sport or hobby for goody bag inspiration.
#5 Budget Smart
Creating a wonderful birthday experience for your child and staying within your budget is super important while party planning. While birthdays are the one day where you can indulge it is important to balance your wants and needs . Consider how much you want to spend ahead of time. Whether you decide to go big or small set the wheels in motion early.
Happy Birthday Planning-
Erin J. Cooper
Coopers Color to Canvas
Coopers Color to Canvas is super excited about celebrating your child’s birthday. We have wonderful party plans to accommodate budgets of all sizes and we would love to have you and your child celebrate with us. Schedule your next birthday party with us by emailing or calling us today.