– Baby –

How Many Guests?

Immediate family & close friends (Grandparents & Best Friends).

What Time?

Avoid nap time, mornings are better.

What Food?

Finger foods that steer clear of choking hazards for the children, don’t forget to cater for the adults too, and of course cake!

Location

At home or a small child-friendly venue with plenty of seats for the adults.

 – Pre-School –

How Many Guests?

Between 3 -4 guests will be enough of a handful.

One guest of each year of age is a good rule of thumb. Consider having a family party.

What Time?

Avoid nap time. don’t schedule party for more than 2 hours.

What Food?

Finger sandwiches. pina cut-up fruit or veggies. cake. coffee or soda for parents. juice or water for children.

Location

Home, or child-friendly activity venue (like child’s gymnastics studio or other physical activity).

 – Child (5-10 years) –

How Many Guests?

One guest for each year of age. try to limit to closest circle of friends (avoid inviting the entire class).

What Time?

The younger the child, the earlier the party. Keep it to 2-3 hours.

What Food?

Keep the menu fun and simple, but go all out with a fun themed cake.

Location

Take the party on the road: a venue like a kids art centre or a soft play centre can be a great destination.

 – Pre-teen –

How Many Guests?

Work out a guest list based on budget & type of party. Fewer than 15 might be a good benchmark.

What Time?

Make sure it doesn’t conflict with any major school events, sports games or community activities.

What Food?

This is a great age for a build- your-own party: serve bagel pizzas, tacos, sandwiches and let the kids help. Don’t forget the cake.

Location

This is a great age for a sleepover, or for the more adventurous try an arcade or laster-tag.

 – Teen (13+) –

How Many Guests?

Have a set guest list – don’t allow drop-ins (i.e. “crashers”). Limit to the number that your home or venue can reasonably accommodate.

What Time?

If your teen wants an evening party, set a specific departure time and make sure kids stick to it.

What Food?

Let your teen choose a theme, but think about serving up munchies to go along with the activities: fancy popcorn and nachos to accompany a movie marathon, etc.

Location

Home, restaurant or local venue.