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June 3, 2011 12:22 PM Subscribe
What are the basics of a birthday party (with lunch) for a 3-year old?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Society & Culture (41 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm hosting a birthday party for my 3-year old but it occurs to me that having never been to a kid's birthday party since I was a child 40 years ago, the rules and expectations may have changed. The party is from 11-2 on a Sunday, which was chosen in case her invited friend have naps to work around. So we'll be feeding the kids lunch.
I expect that there will be about 4-5 other kids from 2-4 years old along with their parents. A few are friends who have kids of a similar age and a few are kids from daycare. So not everyone knows each other but I don't imagine that's a big deal.
We're not hiring entertainers or getting a bouncy house or anything fancy like that. We're having cake and ice cream and that parts seems fairly self-explanatory. We'll probably do that after lunch and at the end of the party by 1pm.
1. Should I plan an activity for the kids? I'm sure they'll be fine just running around playing but do people usually orchestrate the party a bit more at this age?
2. What are some good, easy lunch choices that can hopefully appeal to parents and kids? I know what we would eat on a normal lunch routine obviously but should I go beyond lunch meat, cheese, and fruit?
3. Do I need to provide good bags for the kids to take home?
4. Should we open the presents at the party or wait until the guests have left?
5. Do I send thank you notes on behalf of my child to those who attend?
Are there big no-nos for kids birthday parties these days or things that everyone does now that I have no clue about?