It’s that time of year when it seems like a holiday lurks around every corner. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a bajillion and one Pinterest boards just STUFFED to the gills with party and holiday ideas. We sure WANT to celebrate everything, don’t we?
But the thing that stops us is a lack of time. You too? Yeah, I know. I’m certain you’d love to create glorious memories for your loved ones, but that little time-beasty keeps you from all the fun.
That’s why I’ve put together a few ideas for creating a simple, stress-free Halloween Party for kids.
First, it’s important to keep the party to a few categories. Too many parties start with a small idea and grow into a huge, stress-filled event. So, keep it small by grouping what you plan into no more than four categories: 1 - Food Depending on the size of your guest list, keep food to 2 savory dishes, 2 sweet dishes, and a drink. 2 - Invitations & Guest Lists Can you do electronic invitations? These are a breeze to design using free graphics programs like PicMonkey or Adobe Spark. Or, just create an event on Facebook or EventBrite and add your contacts to the event. Simple, breezy, and they’ll get reminders about your party, too! 3 - Location & Decor Make everything double as decor - the food, the dishes, the linens, the favors. Also, consider any home decor you’d purchase anyway - how can that be used to decorate for the party (even if you have the party at another location?) (Check out these friendly & fun Halloween party favors right here…)
4 - Planning & Prep Book enough time in advance that you can do 1-2 tasks every couple of days, rather than a bunch on one day. Create a party calendar and plan from the date of the party backwards. (Double the value of the planning by using fun, colored pens while you plan, so you can keep the planning pages for your scrapbook later.)
When planning for a kids party, it’s tempting to just do it yourself. But give them tasks to help with and use it as a chance to spend time together. For example, plain butcher paper can be turned into a party tablecloth or wall hanging with a few glitter glue sticks and an hour of fun on the floor. I’ll be back next week with some fun ideas for Halloween Party favors.