How to Throw a Kid-Friendly Holiday Party
When Christmas rolls around, cheer is aplenty. If you’re hosting your annual holiday party and inviting families with children, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Planning a shindig that’s enjoyable for both adults and little ones is no small task, but with these tips in your arsenal, you’ll be set to pull off a holiday party to remember.
Have a Craft Table
The craft needn’t be complicated. Have the kids decorate a flat ceramic ornament with markers, or even do something as simple as writing a letter to Santa. Have a teen or older child oversee the crafts (especially if scissors are involved!). If you don’t already have art supplies laying around, use a Craftsy coupon to get the things you need at a discount.
Bake and Decorate Cookies and Cupcakes
You can’t go wrong with a bake and decorate party event. Have dough pre-made and throw the cookies into the oven right before guests start arriving. Your home will smell delicious, and the cookies will be fresh and ready to go once the little ones get there. After the cookies or cupcakes cool, set up a decorating station with frosting and sprinkles. You can also have the kids create a gingerbread house, but you’ll definitely need to enlist the help of a teenage party guest to oversee construction.
While your roasted duck and cheese board might appeal to the adult guests on your party roster, your refined menu might not be quite as satisfying to your younger guests. There’s plenty of yummy treats and eats that appeal to little tummies. Cook up a big batch of mac n cheese for ease and mini corndogs for some savory eats. You can also offer some healthy treats to appease parents: sliced fruit on toothpicks and chopped veggies are a great way to get a little bit of extra nutrition into your holiday party offerings. Don’t forget to set up a kids’ table for the little ones to sit around. This kind of seating arrangement is bound to be more fun for the kids, and certainly more relaxing for the parents.
Set Up a Play Room
Instead of having little ones scattered throughout the home (and taking part in all types of shenanigans), create a designated play area. If your own kids have a play room, clean up and call it the Christmas kids’ zone. If you don’t already have a play room, consider converting the basement or one of your children’s bedrooms into a party station for the kids on your guest list. As you prepare the space, consider the ages of your party guests. Buy some cheap party supplies. If there are little ones under 3, be sure to clear the room of toys that present a choking hazard. If there are pre-teens on your guest list, grab a few board games to keep them busy and laughing all night long.
Hire Some Extra Care
Hiring a babysitter from Care.com can help both little ones and adults alike enjoy your party to the fullest. A certified caretaker can keep watch over the kids while their parents mingle and take part in the best festivities. You’ll have peace of mind that the little ones have a watchful eye looking over them, leaving you able to get back to your other hosting duties.
Make Christmas Goodie Bags
When the night is over and it’s time for the kids to head home, send them on their way with goodie bags filled with Christmas trees. Throw in some Christmas tree-shaped erasers, candy canes, and fun little knick knacks that don’t break the bank. Head to The Dollar Store to find small toys and candies you can throw in paper bags.
Throw a Christmas party that both little ones and adults can enjoy, and incorporate these party features into your upcoming festivities.