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How to plan a mess-free kids party

Every child dreams of the perfect birthday party with many friends, fun games and tons of delicious food. However, throwing the ideal kids party isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Well, setting up the right strategy will help you avoid all the stress that comes along with such an important for both parents and children event. There are several things to consider if you want to plan a fun, yet mess-free party for the kids.

Sophia Evans
Sophia is a mother of two. She has a lot of experience cleaning after the “creative chaos” generated by her kids. She owns a small cleaning business and that takes a lot of her time and energy.

First, decide on the number of guests – typically, children under 4 or 5 will have equally great time with 3 and 13 friends. The question is whether you can handle more than five young kids, for instance. After all, you need to keep them entertained and avoid conflicts between them, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. School-age children on the other hand will want the entire class at the party, which means you can end up with up to 30 kids in your home. In this case, one small room won’t be enough and you might want to consider a party in the backyard, which will no doubt will also be less messy.

 

Next, choose the right length of the party and the theme, depending on the kids’ age. The younger they are, the less time they will play without getting tired. 3-year-olds usually stay engaged for an hour and a half, while three hours should be enough for 7-year-olds. If the party is too long they will simply get bored, but if it’s too short, they won’t want to leave. Younger kids will love animal-themed parties, while older ones might want to be pirates, for instance. For a mess-free experience, SW5 Tidy London Cleaners suggest to plan ahead the games and activities, as well, simplifying as much as possible. Avoid games that include a lot of running and jumping around – you don’t want broken things and toys in every corner of the house. Paint, glue, water and play dough aren’t the best option, either. Start the party with one of two more competitive, active games, and then continue with some quieter activity. Gift opening will also keep the children occupied and entertained without too much commotion.

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Kids and cakePlan everything with clean-up in mind. This means opting for disposable cups and plates, paper decorations and less clutter in the room where you are organizing the party. Remove fragile items, personal belongings, toys, etc. Cleaning your home after the party will be easier, if you try to pick up some of the garbage while the party is still going. Remove the carpet if you worry about it being stained from fruit juice and dirty shoes or put an older one in its place. Clean up spills right away instead of wandering how to get rid of them later. Try to provide enough space for the kids to play their games – even if you’ve planned more peaceful activities for them, they may want something else. Getting rid of a few pieces of furniture may prove useful when it’s time to tidy up and clean.

 

Another essential part of the good strategy for a mess-free kids party is choosing the right food. First of all, you don’t need huge amounts of lavish, extravagant meals – which ultimately means a big mess. Simplify the menu by considering food allergies and relying on classic kids’ favorites and finger foods. Smaller bites are more suitable for kids, especially if they are colorful and fun. Cupcakes and brownies without frosting, mini pizzas and a rainbow cake are great options, especially for younger kids who will have hard time handling the food on their own.

Finally, make sure kids will enjoy every minute of the party you are planning, whether it’s mess-free or not. But if you stick to these simple tips, cleaning afterwards shouldn’t be a huge problem.

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Thank you Sophia for providing such a great and simple guide for moms to follow when planning parties!

Emma

A Military Spouse stationed in the middle of nowhere. Emma loves to cook for her family (while dodging dirty dishes). She is blessed to be a stay at home mom with 3 kiddos. She is passionate about cloth diapering, car seat safety, breastfeeding, homeschooling, frugal living, babywearing, and her Christian faith. More Molly Messy than Susie Homemaker, she has been trying to improve her housekeeping and related skills.

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