By the time your child reaches his third birthday, he understands the excitement behind the party. To a 3 year old, that probably means presents, cake and playing with friends. He will likely want to help pick the theme of his party but is still easy to please. Keeping the party simple helps you stay sane while the kids enjoy the sugar-high and excitement of the party.
Family members, such as aunts, uncles and grandparents, often make up the majority of the guest list for a 3 year old. Neighbors and family friends may also make the cut if you have a close relationship. Three-year-old children may have friends from a playgroup, day care or preschool program that they want to include in the party. Too many guests equals a headache for you, often creating a chaotic environment and adding to the costs of the party. Limit the invitations to the closest friends and family to keep things under control.
Planning the party around your child’s normal daily schedule reduces the chances of a major meltdown while the guests sing “Happy Birthday.” If possible, schedule the party a few hours before or after your toddler’s normal nap time. Tired children often turn into crabby children–even if there is a party going on. Limiting the party to no more than two hours also helps avoid a birthday temper tantrum.
Entertainment for a third birthday party doesn’t have to be elaborate. Simple party games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Duck, Duck, Goose work well. Basic craft activities also keep the kids entertained. If you have both older and younger kids at the party, setting up different activities gives all the kids something to do. For example, you might set up building blocks for younger kids to use while you play an organized game with the older kids.
Certain birthday party venues offer built-in entertainment for your child’s third birthday. The playground equipment at a park keeps the party guests entertained. Other venue options that offer entertainment include zoos, farms, amusement parks and pizza places with kids’ games.
The kids at the third birthday party won’t likely sit still for long. Getting kids to eat at a party is often a challenge. Child-friendly food, such as pizza or hot dogs, is the best option for the party. The food is easy to make and the kids can eat a little in between playing.
The planning process involves lots of details and decisions. Starting the party planning at least six weeks before the actual party gives you plenty of time to handle all of the details so you aren’t scrambling right before the party. A theme for the party helps the planning process. You can get themed invitations, decorations and gift bags for the guests. Consider your toddler’s favorite characters and activities if you need inspiration for the party theme.
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