Learn from other's mistakes about what not to do at a child's birthday party.

Kids birthday parties are not all fun and games. As the adult in charge, you have many responsibilities that you need to handle to make sure the party goes well. Use these lessons to help you navigate the challenges associated with your child’s next birthday party. It is time to stock up on balloons and order up your cake, so learn the things you should avoid at the next children's party you plan. 

Invite the Entire Pre-School

Unless the pre-school your child attends has less than 10 students, do not invite them all. Even if your child has had earlier parties with poor attendance, do not try to make up for it in one fell swoop. A party at the local Chuck E Cheese that seems affordable when you initially book it quickly becomes hard to manage financially when you have over 15 or 20 attendees. Use guest lists as a life lesson that you can start working on at a young age, engaging your child in deciding who he or she wants to invite. Remind your child that the entire class will get to celebrate together on the actual birthday with cupcakes or songs, however your pre-school will allow.

Force too Many Adults into a Child-Oriented Setting

The first couple of birthdays center on family and not the birthday child’s friends. When you are planning parties for the first couple of birthdays, keep this in mind and select proper settings that will work for adults and the few younger children that will attend. Instead of the local bounce house emporium or child-oriented amusement park, select from more sedate locations that lend themselves to multiple uses like a local park with swings and slides or even a clubhouse or large backyard with picnic tables and places to tie down balloons. If you do not have any settings locally that will work, reach out to family or friends who have homes or yards that are large enough to accommodate your gathering. When using someone else’s home for a party make sure you are respectful and do not expect too much from the homeowner as the party is your responsibility. This means making sure you organize and are responsible for cleanup, food, disposable items like plates and napkins, and handle all the decorating. While the homeowner may offer to handle these duties, it is not polite or appropriate to have them shoulder the burden of the party.

Let the Party Get Out of Hand

Once children get a bit older and more spirited it is important to make sure you keep a handle on the attendees and their behavior. You may think your 10-year-old and all of his friends will automatically know how to behave because they are good at home, but that does not mean much when you expose children to new experiences. Whether the party is one centered on paintball or laser tag, competitive natures can get ugly and feelings can get hurt. Make sure you have permission from parents for movies rated PG-13 or above and video games played with ratings approving them for older children than those attending.