When you’re planning a birthday party for your little one, it can be easy to be so caught up in thinking about how to make it special for the kids that you forget about your other guests. We all know how tricky it can be to make friends as an adult and your child’s birthday party is a great opportunity to meet other parents and make new friends.
Often parents will drop and run when it comes to a kid’s birthday party, so here we’ve come up with a few ways to make your child’s party a bit more adult friendly.
Provide some adult nibbles
It’s hard to go past those childhood classics like fairy bread and party pies, but most adults would probably prefer a nice cheese platter and some mini quiches. Having some adult food available as well will encourage the other parents to hang around and socialise. You don’t need to put on a full spread, but a little effort will go a long way in creating the right atmosphere. And while we’re on the subject of refreshments….
Consider offering some adult beverages
There’s a saying (I just made up) that goes, “it’s easy to make friends when you give them wine.” Obviously, a children’s party is not the place for a booze-up, but one or two glasses of a nice dry white or a fruity red is perfectly acceptable. If you’d rather not offer alcohol then some nice juice or mineral water can be a great alternative.
Hire some entertainment
One of the best (and easiest) ways to make your kid’s party more adult friendly is to pass the reins over to a professional. Hiring a child’s party entertainer takes a lot of the pressure off you as a parent. It’s not easy to keep a dozen over-excited small children safe, having fun and getting along, so why not let an expert handle it? Then you have the freedom to sit back and relax over a glass of wine and antipasti with the other parents.