One of the most fun things about Christmas is being able to experience it through the eyes of children. We’ve all been there, eagerly anticipating that special day in December.
If you are hosting a Christmas party that will include children, you can expect a lot of happy excitement and activity. To avoid the stress for you as the host/hostess or for the parents of those rambunctious cuties, here are some of my tips for throwing a kid-friendly holiday party.
1. Prepare the bathrooms.
Besides the kitchen, the bathroom will likely be one of the most used rooms in the house. Make sure it’s well-stocked with enough toilet paper, towels, soap, etc.
And, if you have more than one bathroom, make sure they are all guest-ready. When Uncle Lou is taking his time, you may have to quickly escort little Johnny to the bathroom upstairs since his pee pee dance can only hold the floodgates so long.
2. Prepare a diaper changing station.
If you are expecting non-potty trained children, have a place ready for parents to change their babies, preferably in another room besides where people would be eating. Even if you don’t have a changing table, a blanket on the floor with some wipes will be appreciated by any mom.
3. Use covered cups.
Little kids and spilled drinks are inevitable. Use covered straw cups to help minimize the mess. We usually pull out our Take & Toss straw cups, put a piece of masking tape on each of them, and leave out a Sharpie for labeling.
4. Use shatter-proof plates for the kids.
Paper, plastic, or (my favorite) Corelle plates. Kids will not care about your fine china. But you’ll care if you have to sweep up a million pieces of it off the floor.
5. Have toys ready.
Some things to keep in mind …
- Put away toys that you don’t want to clean up afterwards. In other words, don’t leave out the thousand-piece puzzle sets if you don’t want to sort it afterwards.
- Put away toys with small pieces for the safety of younger children. Our box of small Lego bricks are usually out of sight during these parties.
- No matter how well you organized the toys, they will likely all get dumped on the floor. Just be ok with this.
6. Wrap extra gifts.
What kid wants to be left out of opening presents? Have some wrapped gifts ready, in case someone was missed in the gift exchange or you have a family come unexpectedly.
7. Have a designated nap room.
We’ve made our bedroom available for sleeping babies. If you have a play pen on hand, have it ready. The parents will thank you for it.
So, as you start making your preparations for your big party, don’t forget the little ones. After all, they are really the ones who make this time of year magical.
What are your tips for throwing a kid-friendly holiday bash?
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