Everywhere you look, there are tips for having parties — recipes for cocktails and exotic appetizers — Pinterest boards dedicated to little black dresses.
Must be nice! Here in my world, adult parties aren’t happening. With wee little ones and no sitters, the “Grown-Up Parties” will just have to wait a few years. No, for us, when it comes to the Holiday Season, we celebrate with Kidlets . . . and other parents also in this stage of life.
Today, instead of giving you ideas for the perfect adult Christmas party, I want to share my Top Five Tips for Planning Family-Friendly Holiday Parties.
5 Tips for Kid-Friendly Holiday Parties
(1) Be it Simple or Elaborate, Pick a Theme.
Trust me — a theme gives YOU direction as you start brainstorming for your party and will help in every aspect of planning: food, decor, activities, invitations.
Some ideas for Kid Holiday Parties:
North Pole Breakfast — invite friends and family over for a weekend brunch where pajamas and house-shoes are welcome! Use your Christmas decorations to set a festive tone and cook your favorite holiday breakfast recipes. I’m going to have a recap later this week about our recent North Pole breakfast (including recipes and activities). In the meantime, here are some kid-friendly breakfast dishes to get you started!
- Christmas Tree Eggs in a Basket
- Holiday Crustless Quiche
- Snowman Pancakes
- Cranberry-Orange Cinnamon Rolls
(visit my North Pole Breakfast Pinterest Board for more ideas)
Polar Express Pajama Party — this party doesn’t get any easier. Make popcorn (or cookies) and hot chocolate, press play on the movie, and then watch your PJ-clad Kidlets become mesmerized by this Holiday Classic.
(visit my Polar Express Pinterest Board for more ideas & resources)
Other Party Themes? Cookie Decorating or Gingerbread House Decorating Parties and Children’s Book Exchanges are easy to put together and fun for kids of all ages!
2) Food: Make it Fun, Make it Easy, Make it Kid-Friendly
We all know kids are notorious for being picky eaters, so take some time to plan food items kids will like — both fun and healthy options. Don’t forget to check with your guests to see if any attendees have food allergies!
- DIY Hot Chocolate Bar
- Individual Veggie 7 Dip Cups
- Babybel Cheese Santas
- Sandwiches cut from Christmas Cookie Cutters
- Cream Cheese & Ham Pinwheels
(visit my Kid Food Pinterest Board for more kid-friendly food ideas)
3) Don’t Forget To Plan An Activity
Nearly every child enjoys making something and a simple game is a good way to break the ice at a party. Providing a craft table, with art supplies or project kits (like ornament kits sold at Target or Hobby Lobby) gives kids the chance to express themselves AND they end up with a party favor!
- Christmas Charades
- Christmas Tree Craft
- Reindeer Headbands
- Snowman Ornament (note: I would suggest plastic clear balls over glass ones)
4) Call On Your Little Helpers!
Unless you are planning this party as a surprise for your own children, let your kids participate in the planning for your kid-friendly holiday party. They will have fun browsing Pinterest with you and having a say in the party’s theme, food, and activities will only make them more excited!
Don’t forget to have them take an active roll in the actual prep-work as well! They can help clean and decorate, and — depending on your menu — assist with baking and food prep.
Let them help you. It’s quality time for both of you and they will be proud of their involvement.
5) Don’t Stress!
Believe me — I fully understand that throwing a party can be stressful.
(oh the stories my husband could tell ….)
Don’t let yourself reach the point where it isn’t fun for you. This party is for your family — your children. Enjoy the time with them. Laugh when they laugh and smile as they squeal with siblings and friends.
This is more important than tracking down those late RSVP’ers. . . more important than having “the party of the year.” Enjoy your handiwork but enjoy your family more!
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