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When you're a kid, your birthday seems like the least stressful day of your life. Your family buys you presents, makes your favorite foods and makes you feel special. It isn't until you have kids of your own that you realize how much work goes into those special days. Many parents start stressing about a birthday party months ahead of time and don't stop until the day after the party is over. But, there are ways to plan and host a party without driving yourself crazy. First, ask your child what he or she wants in a party. A lot of times, kids can tell you exactly what they would like and make it much easier for you to plan. And, even if they don't know precisely what they want or if it their ideas are unrealistic, you can still get a better understanding of what to do.
Once you have a general idea of what the party should be like, it's time to start the planning process. One crucial step in keeping the pressure low is to not take on all the responsibility yourself. Don't be afraid to ask your friends and family to help out. Grandmothers love that stuff! And, most businesses that offer birthday parties will do most of the work for you. At Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, you book your party and don't have to worry about it again until you check in. That's a huge relief for busy parents who just don't have the time to buy a cake, decorations, balloons and hats and then still plan games and a meal.
Another important aspect is to have some sort of structure. A bunch of kids running wild does not make for a stress-free birthday party. So, make sure you have something planned that will hold children's interest during the time between cutting the cake and opening presents. It can be as simple as a game or short video. For example, at Boondocks the party hosts do magic tricks in the downtime when your party is waiting for pizza so that no one gets bored or antsy.
A lot of stressful situations can arise on the day of the party. Your daughter may catch a cold or there may have been a snowstorm the night before. But, you can't control everything. Just make the best of whatever situations arise. The more extreme, the better the story you and your child will have to tell years from now! And, if you plan your party through someone else, all the details should be finalized days ahead of time and you can rest assured that everything that can be controlled is set.
The most important thing to remember is that birthdays are special no matter what. Kids don't usually notice if the frosting is wrong or if their aunt is running late. Just try to relax and let yourself have a good time without sweating the small stuff. You can let someone else take care of everything and enjoy capturing the moments that you and your child will remember forever.