7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Children’s Birthday Party in Dubai
Telling your child that you are planning a huge party for his or her birthday will quickly earn you a big kiss and a warm hug. Birthday parties are always a huge deal for children and, as a parent, you will really need to work hard to meet their expectations.
If you want to throw the perfect birthday party in Dubai for your child, here are some planning tips that are guaranteed help you out:
1. Create a guest list
Your child’s guests will dictate a lot of things: the size of the venue, the theme, the menu, the games or activities, etc.
Because of this, one of the first things you have to do is to ask your child how many guests he or she plans on inviting. Will he or she invite everyone in the class? What about his or her friends from the neighborhood, summer camp, or church?
Ask your other kids if they plan on inviting their friends as well. Lastly, don’t forget to include the parents or adults who will accompany your child’s guests in your list so that you can make allowances for the food and drinks that will be served.
2. Pick out a birthday party theme
The theme will also play an important role in helping you design the invitations, decorate the venue, and with choosing the menu items.
Asking your child what theme he or she likes will allow you to narrow down your list for the best one for the birthday party.
However, it is more practical to choose a theme that works with you, not against you. Your child may ask for a complicated theme from his or her favorite film or cartoon, which can be quite hard to work with.
You can suggest timeless themes that never go out of style such as jungle, pirates or princesses. They are always fun, and you can easily find decorations that match with these themes, and you can keep them for future reuse as well.
3. Come up with a budget
It can be easy to go overboard with giving your child a great birthday party. However, you don’t have to spend more than you want or need to at this party. Setting a budget for the event will help you out with this.
Find ways to save money on other elements of the party such as on the invitations, games, activities, and décor. You will find numerous affordable DIY party decorating ideas and examples of fun games and activities for the party online.
4. Find the right venue
There are several advantages to having the party in your home. These include having quick access to all key supplies and having plenty of time to set up everything. Your child will also be in a comfortable place while the party is going on.
But if you think your home isn’t suitable for a children’s party, you will have to look for another possible venue.
Dubai has several parks and beaches that are great for children’s parties. Some are free while others require a certain fee so include this in your budget. There are also entertainment and recreation centers which you can hire as well.
If you will be throwing the party outdoors, do it in the late afternoon or early evening so that your kids and all the guests won’t feel too hot that they might end up not enjoying the festivities.
5. Make the party magical
Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste can stimulate children’s imaginations. As such, make sure you have all these elements in the party venue.
The beach or a pool will be the perfect venue for a pirate-themed party. You won’t have to put a lot of additional décor to emphasize the theme. Playing some beach tunes or songs from pirate movies and cartoon shows will set the stage, too.
A barbecue will be great for this type of party or any other theme as long as the party is held outdoors. Additionally, you can add fun features such as face painting and balloon sculptures.
6. Create a list of activities and games for the kids to play
To have a lively party, come up with a variety of games and activities relevant to the theme. For instance, if you’re throwing a pirate-themed party at the beach, include a treasure hunt as part of the activities.
Include games that will encourage the kids to interact as well such as relay races or musical chairs so that they will get to know one another.
You can also cover all the party tables with paper table cloths so the kids can doodle, draw or write their birthday messages while waiting for the party to start.
7. Make sure the party foods are yummy and fun to eat
Be imaginative with the food you plan to serve but keep them simple. Start by serving finger foods that are in tune with the party’s theme. For example, you can serve cookies resembling gold coins at a pirate-themed party.
If your child and the guests are old enough, consider having them prepare their own food. Arrange the ingredients and toppings on the bar or table and let the kids prepare their burgers, mini-pizzas, tacos, waffles, or ice cream sundaes.
Planning an amazing children’s birthday party will take up a lot of your time. But if you give it the attention it needs, and plan accordingly, there’s no reason why it won’t be great.
But if you are too busy with work or other things, hire a party planner to organize everything for you. With their help, your child will have an amazing party – one that he or she will remember for a really long time.
In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest was history.