Older kids are better off being entertained at parties later in the day. The reasons include the potential clash of sporting commitments and even such things as going shopping.
Many children over the age of 8 will be committed each week to playing sport such as soccer or basketball and often will not break the commitment for a kids birthday party. If you want all your friends to turn up on your big day, be mindful of this and plan the party after any likely games and sporting events.
Younger kids are best scheduled for parties early in the day. There are several reasons for this, the most important including that there may be younger siblings involved who may need to sleep after lunch each day. A party scheduled at such a time may be problematic for the mum involved and she may well decide taking one sibling to a party at sleep time for the other is simply too much hassle.
Younger kids are also much better behaved before lunch, so an early kids birthday party is likely to have a better response from the children than a later party. You are also less likely to get feral children wrecking your venue early in the day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to do a party?
Ask yourself, do you really want the bother inviting a load of children or adults to your home or venue. Perhaps it may be easier to simply take your closest friends to a venue elsewhere in Melbourne, such as a restuarant or pub. It may cheaper and easier as an option. If you have kids, maybe taking a few to the movies is a cheaper and easier option than a full-blown children's birthday party?
Home or elsewhere?
Cost means most people in Melbourne do their parties at home, rather than hiring a venue. Notwithstanding this, there are many venues for hire for parties, functions and events in most parts of Melbourne. These include, function centres, kinders on weekends, scout halls, rooms in hotels and more. These places are better equipped to deal with people who may break things and make a mess.
Paid entertainment or DYI?
While in years gone by, the concept of paying someone to entertain the kids at a party was reserved for the rich and famous, things have changed quite significantly in recent years. It's no exaggeration to say that the majority of kids birthday parties in Melbourne now feature some kind of paid entertainment or entertainer. This may be a clown, face-painter, animals or some other themed entertainment. These entertainers are not only affordable, but due to their expertise (they do this for a day job!), they can usually do a far better job of keeping the kids happy than say a mum or dad, who may work in some other occupation during the week.
Don't stress too much!
Regardless of what you decide to do for your next party. Don't stress too much over what may or may not happen. Most people will enjoy each other's company, no matter what entertainment is laid on and what food you serve. While good entertainment will make a party a more memorable experience, if things don't go quite according to plan, it will probably all be OK after the big event is over.