Expect the Unexpected
The hardest thing to plan for at any birthday party is the unexpected. Here's what you can do to keep chaos at bay:
- Be prepared for meltdowns. An adult helper can take a distraught child aside while the rest of the group continues celebrating.
- Stock band-aids, ice and tissue.
- If parents are dropping off children, be sure you know about any food allergies or relevant medical conditions.
- If you have pets, it's best to keep them separate from the guests. Include them in your family celebration — but know that some children are allergic to or afraid of even the gentlest animals. Similarly, many pets are afraid of small children who may not know that it's a bad idea to pull tails or step on paws.
Finally, remember that following guidelines is all well and good, but as every parent knows, sometimes the rules simply have to go out the window. Just as long as they don't all go out at once.
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