When planning your children’s birthday party, there is so much to consider in terms of preparation. Often you may find you are worried about whether or not the day will be as fun and exciting as possible.

There are many ways you can ensure the party is a hit for the birthday boy or girl and all their friends, no matter the venue or theme.

First, ensure you let your child’s friends and their parents know well in advance when you plan on having the party. This will help to make sure that as many are able to attend as possible.

There’s nothing worse than throwing a party and having nobody show up, however, this is a likely occurrence if you leave it to the last minute. Planning well ahead will ensure that your children’s friends’ parents are able to organise their time so they can attend.

Next, plan the entire day out from start to finish to help you organise yourself and have a clear idea of how the day will pan out. This may seem obvious, but it can easily be forgotten.

Managing a group of excited children can be difficult enough as it is, even more so if you are unorganised or have no way of keeping track of what needs to be done. Set aside time for food, for blowing out candles, for gift giving and so on.

If you are booking a venue, such as a soft play centre, it is a great idea to get in touch with the staff and see if there is any way they can help to organise the day with you.

Many venues will offer food and refreshments as part of the package, so they will be able to let you know when food will be served, where you can set up base and this can help the day go by a lot smoother.

Next, choose a theme! Whether you want a typical birthday theme or want to branch out and do something more personalised, deciding on this early on will make decoration buying a lot easier.

You can stock up on all you need gradually rather than having to rush out last minute this way. It also allows you to make other parents aware of exactly what type of party you are throwing, so they can sort out appropriate costumes, outfits and gifts.

Handing out party bags is a great touch that can help to end the celebration on a high note. This will ensure that everyone leaves happy and can help to stop any upset that the festivities are over.

These don’t have to be extravagant, simply sending each child home with a slice of cake, some sweets and a small toy or even some stickers is usually all you need.

Children are usually relatively easy to please and as long as there are some fun activities, a cake and a party bag to take home, your party will likely be a hit!