Planning the Perfect Summer Party that’s Kid-Friendly
Summer parties are a great way to spend quality time with the family. During the summer season, kids have a lot of free time, making it the perfect opportunity for them to get involved in the events, too. Kids can play an active role in every aspect of party planning. Allowing them to participate not only teaches responsibility, but also gives them the opportunity to explore their creative side. Giving a child the freedom to use their imagination lets them express themselves in new and unique ways — and what better way to put imagination to use than at a party?
Choose a Theme
There are many different themes suitable for summer parties. If the kids are going to be involved in the party planning process, it is important they be given the opportunity to help choose the theme. The right theme will set the mood for the entire gathering, and helps to determine what games and activities are planned. It will also determine what type of decorations will be needed to set the mood and create an atmosphere.
Buy, or Make, Decorations
Once the theme for the party is selected, the next step is to start prepping the decorations. Depending on the theme you’ve decided on, children can help make some of the decorations, or they can accompany you to the store to purchase them. Purchase the materials you need, and give the children the chance to make them by providing instructions and examples. Children can make backdrops by painting large pieces of cardboard, or make name tags, table centerpieces and create games to keep guests of all ages occupied. Children of all ages benefit from working with others on projects where they can see the end result and enjoy themselves.
Preparing Your Lawn
Before any decorating can take place, the lawn must be prepared. Luckily, if you are already an owner of artificial grass, your backyard prep will save time and effort. Homeowners with natural grass lawns must mow, trim and remove any yard waste prior to guests’ arrival. Those with an artificial turf lawn only have to make sure the yard is free of debris, and that furniture and tables are ready for use. If the weather is hot, a quick spray with the hose will eliminate any dust that may be resting on your turf.
Allow your children to brush or sweep the artificial turf, and they will help keep the blades upright — and, as a bonus, it gives them time to burn off excess energy before the party starts. Artificial turf requires little to no upkeep, and can be cleaned in a matter of minutes, depending on the size of the lawn. Kids can easily prepare the lawn for a summer party, freeing up the adults for the more complicated aspects of planning and preparing.
A summer party isn’t complete without exciting, lively decorations to set the mood. Children can help decorate for the party in several ways: they can decorate tables, help hang decorations on walls, and can set out centerpieces or backdrops. Pair younger kids with an adult or an older teenager, and they can work together to hang decorations or place decorative items throughout your outdoor space. Kids who are given responsibility when it comes to preparing for the party are more likely to appreciate the effort put into it — and, of course, they’ll have fun while they are there. Many times, when children are included in the preparation process, it becomes just as much fun as the party itself.
Author: Tim Taylor
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