When it comes to planning a memorable party for your little man, the 8th birthday is one of the more difficult ones to master. He’s too old for some of the things he used to love (and has probably deemed it ‘too babyish’ for him – after all, he’s almost an adult in his mind!), and isn’t old enough for the kind of party you’d plan for a budding teenager.
So, how do you make sure he blows out those 8 candles with a smile and not in a tearful tantrum? Well, there’s more to a memorable party than finding the perfect gifts for an 8-year-old boy to consider.
Here are some key parts of planning that perfect party for an 8-year-old boy.
Choose a theme
Yes, it’s tricky to find a theme that’ll stick, especially when his favourite game, character, or
cartoon seems to change on a weekly basis. But a solid theme will ensure a clear indication to other children about the fun they’re in store for!
Keep it broad and you’ll reduce any chances of last-minute mind changing. A Batman-themed part is fine, but how about a superheroes theme instead? It’s broad and it’s easy for the other kids to get excited for!
Plan two types of invitations
Send out a colourful invitation with two very different sections. One that’s strictly for kids, and one for adults. Include contact details, directions, and an email address for them to send over any dietary or medical requirements you may need to be aware of.
Set clear times, and mention any other potential issues (will they need a change of clothes? Is parking difficult in your street?). It may sound small but your fellow parents will greatly appreciate it!
Change the settings
Wherever the party is taking place, a few changes in scenery can make all the difference. Even at home! Have food in one place, presents in another part of the room, and games/activities outside.
Not only will it feel like a more varied party, but the kids will enjoy not being stuck in one specific place all day, reducing any potential restless children.
Allocate a moment that’s just for the birthday boy
This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s something that’s easily forgotten when a busy parent is responsible for multiple children at once.
Be sure to gather everyone around for the cake, and sing happy birthday. Time it so that there are no other activities going on at the same time to avoid distractions.
Gift bags can make all the difference
There’s a fine art to putting together a memorable gift bag. This is the final piece of the perfect party puzzle. Think of it as a way to make your special little guy a playground hero on Monday morning.
Small touches like an extra toy or some (parent-approved) sweets with a handful of other goodies will have the kids leaving with smiles, parents collecting their children with ease, and one very happy 8-year-old boy!