It is that time of year again. You are in charge of hosting your kid’s birthday party, and you want it to be a fun time for all involved.

But, for you, it can seem like an overwhelming endeavor. How do you ensure that everything goes to plan? That you don’t forget some essentials? That your child actually has fun?

No matter what style of birthday party you are planning, for it to be successful, you are going to have to put some time and effort into getting it all together. But, it will be worth it on the day when you can enjoy the event with your child!

In addition to finding the best party decorations in Dubai (or wherever you reside), here are three more essential elements of a kid’s birthday party.

1. Music

No matter the age of your child, music is essential for every party. While it may not include the disco-funk of your own parties, you still want to create a playlist before the party to ensure that the tunes continue playing throughout the whole event. The last thing you need to be doing is running backwards and forwards from the device providing the songs.

Alternatively, you could opt to utilize a popular radio station or music streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music as these have pre-curated kid’s birthday party mixes.

Whichever option you decide to go for, make sure that you are playing the music at a reasonable volume, but not too loud that the kids have to scream and shout even louder than usual to be heard.

2. Food and Drink

Kids love to eat, and the food and drink offerings at a party are often their favorite part — especially if there are a sweet-tasting birthday cake and a variety of sugary treats.

If the attendees are older kids, you can offer them almost anything. For example, large slices of pizza and super-sized sandwiches are always an excellent option.

However, if they are on the younger side, then you will need to have smaller sized options and refrain from anything that is too hard or crunchy. If you have chosen a theme for the party, look for ways to include it in the snacks and dishes for some extra fun.

Before planning your menu, ask parents to alert you of any food allergies or intolerances that their child may have.

Also, depending on the age of the children attending your party, you are going to want to pay special consideration to where you set out the food and how you can keep the mess to a minimum. On that note, don’t neglect to place lots of plates and napkins around for everyone’s convenience.

3. Entertainment

Having great music and delicious food may be enough for an adult party, but kids also need to be entertained. (They aren’t just going to stand around gossiping.) When it comes to entertainment for the party, it is again going to depend on the age of the children, the theme of the party, and where it is being held.

There is a reason that so many kids parties are held at bowling alleys, ice-skating rinks, and movie theatres — the entertainment is sorted! However, many parents find it a lot more satisfying, and children find it a lot more fun, to have a party at a different location.

For your next kid’s birthday party, opt to hold it in the garden within your property or in a local park. By choosing this type of locale as your venue, you have far more control over the options for entertainment.

Inflatables and bouncy castles are some of the most beloved forms of entertainment for children, as they encourage imaginative or pretend play and are an excellent way for youngsters to socialize and develop friendships.

Plus, having a bouncy castle or inflatable at a party provides kids with the chance to get outside and be active. When you find a reliable bouncy castle hire in Dubai (or wherever you reside), you won’t believe how much fun the kids will all have!

Have you recently thrown your kids a birthday party? What tips and tricks have you learned to ensure it all runs smoothly, while still being fun? Let us know in the comments below!


In 2008, Managing Director and Founder of The Big Moo Events Lorate Hamzeh left a successful career in Human Resources to venture into the niche market of children’s entertainment. By introducing the UAE to Singing Telegrams, Lorate attracted the attention of the children’s entertainment market with a collection of fun mascots. Within a year, Lorate added children’s entertainers and bouncers to the company’s ever-growing list of services, and the rest was history.

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