Friday, June 7, 2013

Important Components of a Three-Year-Old's Birthday Party

Well-planned party = happy kid 

Congratulations are in order if you’re planning your child’s third birthday party. Kids this age are usually more independent and able to participate in traditional party activities.

A well-planned party is the key to keeping the birthday kid happy - and out of trouble. Typically, a party of no more than 90 minutes is ideal for keeping kids this age entertained without any tantrums. Many kids will have outgrown tantrums by this age, but they are still learning how to be social.

Some ideas for important components of a three-year-old birthday party:

Theme: Most kids have favorite book or TV show characters that would make a great jumping-off point for a party theme. Among some favorites for kids in this age range: Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Train, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters, Bob the Builder, the Backyardigans, Yo Gabba Gabba. If you prefer a party that isn’t based on a character, you can build a whole theme out of a favorite color, hobby or activity. For example, perhaps the birthday kid loves going to the zoo. You could build your party around a zoo theme, complete with little zoo animals and jungle decor.

Decorations: Balloons and streamers still go a long way for kids this age and add a colorful touch to your party. Use your theme to build mini-scenes around the party area. Be prepared for kids to want to touch and maybe even play with some of these.

Games: Musical chairs, pin the tail (or a different variation of this game), Simon Says and mini scavenger hunts are good games for kids this age. You can also create your own game based on your theme. For example, a Dora party could feature three different game challenges

Entertainment: Hiring entertainers for kids this age is not really necessary since kids most enjoy playing with other kids during parties, but you could consider having a face painter or a puppet show. A small bounce house is also a great way for kids to burn up some energy before sitting down for the opening of gifts.

Food: Simple finger food is best as kids this age still have difficulty wanting to sit still long enough for a meal. Half sandwiches or wraps with vegetable and fruit kebabs are healthy choices for a small meal. Consider serving the cake outdoors if you can for minimal worries about accidental spills.

Treat bags: You can usually find inexpensive toys, crafts items and small books at the dollar section of your local Target or dollar store. You’ll often be fortunate to find items that tie in well with your theme, but it’s best to try shopping for these as far in advance as possible for best selection and pricing.

Cake: This plays center stage in a three-year-old’s birthday party. Your little one is bound to remember this cake for a long time. At Ontario Bakery, we’ve got plenty of options.

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