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Tic Toc! Perfect Party Timing Tips

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How much time do you have for your event?
To plan and prepare, to decorate, to bake?
To party?

Having too little time for your event prep leaves you unprepared and stressed.  But too much time, can leave kids bored and restless. 

So how do you figure out the perfect amount of time?  Here are a few tips and tricks:

1       1- Consider the ages of the party guests. Younger children have shorter attention spans. They move from game to game with lightning speed, while older kids can handle more complicated, lengthy activities.  A good rule of thumb is a 1 to 1.5 hour party for kids under five.  And 2-3 hours for kids 6-10.  Older kids and teens can handle 3+ hours and will enjoy overnights or time to just hang out after the party.

2       2- Estimate activity times but keep this area flexible. It really depends on how long it takes your guests to complete the individual activities you have planned. And that can vary kid to kid.

3       3- Keep in mind meals can take time.  Especially if you need to prepare or set out food- plan for that. Just cake and ice cream won't take long, but leave time to sing and cut the cake. Take pictures, etc.

4       4- Be flexible.  Have a few games that you can use to fill time if you need, but that you can leave out if things are taking awhile.  Save a simple activity to do as guests arrive and something to stay busy after the event while waiting for rides home.


Here's some party activities to consider:
 
a.       Movies – Choose something to match your party theme!
 
b.      Crafts – decorating a bag or party hat is a fun way to begin a party.
 
c.       Games – Ring around the Rosies and Duck, Duck, Goose for little ones and Tag or Red Rover for older kids. Use variations of games they know, changing names or titles to match the theme of your celebration.  (Duck, Duck, Goose becomes Fish, Fish, Shark)
 
d.      Free time – With the right space set up, let the kids have fun and jsut play. You may want to block off certain rooms or areas of the house with crepe paper or a fun paper STOP sign.

5       5- Sleepover parties are in a category all their own!  They take extra prep time, extra meals and extra involvement, but of course, they are extra fun.  Just follow the tips above and know that there will be more “Free time” than a typical party and you’ll probably need more recovery time too!

Whatever theme you choose, no matter how many kids there are, and now matter the ages of your guests, parties are fun! There’s always a little chaos, (it’s part of the excitement!) but careful planning and flexible activities can ensure everyone has a great time and goes home with wonderful memories of your celebration.

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