Setting Up The Party Area
Part of the secret to a well organized party is properly
setting up the party area. Start by reviewing your party
schedule and imagine how each of the activities will flow
from one area to the next. Anticipate what you will need in
each area and get these items ready ahead of
Most tables are adult size and too high for small
children to sit at comfortably. To make children size tables
you can use a flat surface such as a door or a folding table
with the legs folded up, placed on top of a base
approximately 20” high
. The base can be crates, boxes, or
an end table, but the items should be the same size to keep
the table from rocking.
You can find inexpensive plastic chairs specifically
designed for children at many discount stores. If you do
not have extra chairs, you can ask your guest to bring child
size chairs from their home.
Have at least two empty trash cans and extra trash bags
as the typical party generates a ton of garbage. Remove the
lids to make it easier for the children to toss the trash in.
You will also need a trash bag nearby when your child is
opening the presents. Don't get upset about spills or
messes as these are bound to happen. Have towels and
cloths placed in several locations to make cleaning up
Prepare your party area
by locking up anything that is
breakable or dangerous. Close off restricted areas and
make it clear that no one is allowed in these rooms. Go
over the entire area with safety in mind. Some of the items
often overlooked in backyard parties are charcoal
fluid, garden chemicals, and gardening tools and
Make sure that all family pets are locked up in different
room and properly taken care of.
Be realistic on how many children will fit in your party
area. A smaller group is easier to keep under control, but
you can compensate for this factor by having extra adult
help during the party.