(NAPSA) - A fun and festive celebration is what most children would like for their birthdays-and exactly what parents would like to provide. However, with busy schedules and precious little time for planning, parents often find party planning stressful and frustrating, as they are forced to play catch-up at the last minute.
Fortunately, with a little pre-planning, pulling together a child's birthday party can be a cinch for parents and party planners alike. Here are some quick tips:
Keep an extra box of cake mix or brownie mix in your pantry. Cupcakes are easy to make and decorate at home and make a great alternative to that birthday cake that did not get ordered. Plus, decorating these treats is a fun, creative activity that kids will enjoy. In addition to sprinkles and mini candies, also keep a stash of party supplies such as birthday candles, paper plates, cups, napkins and plasticware.
Create a "Gift Box" of timeless items. Include wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows and cards. Then add board games, puzzles and activity sets to save a last-minute trip to the store for a birthday gift. A supply of party favors such as noisemakers, stickers and crayons also come in handy when trying to plan a party with little time to spare.
Ready, set, decorate. Balloons provide an easy and cost-effective way to decorate when you are short on time. Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits include a portable helium tank, balloons and ribbon-everything you need to have quick and easy helium balloons at a moments notice or for your next party. Balloons can be inflated quickly and used to decorate the outside of your house to mark the party destination. You can also use balloons to decorate inside by creating a balloon arch around a doorway or tying helium-filled balloons to chairs. Depending on the number and size of balloons you inflate, one Balloon Time kit can be used for multiple occasions, and is safe to store.
Let the games begin. It wouldn't be a party without games, so inflate some extra balloons while decorating. Keep kids entertained with a couple of easy games such as a balloon relay. Use a CD player or radio for other fun games with helium balloons, such as hot potato or leap frog.
By using any of the above tips, you can spend your valuable time enjoying your child's birthday instead of stressing over planning the party.