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Avoiding Birthday Party Disasters

Birthday DisasterKids’ birthday parties are one of the things that parents look forward to, and dread the most. With all of the running around to make sure everyone has food, is having fun, and to make sure everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to miss out on all the best moments.

If something goes wrong on the day of the party, it can be even more difficult for parents to get in on the fun. Here are a few of the more common disasters that can strike your kid’s party, and ways to prevent and cope with them:


  • Unwanted Guests: When planning the guest list, it is very important to talk to your child. Inviting an unwanted guest can ruin the party for them and for you. Many parents have shared horror stories online about the guest who broke their child’s gifts, destroyed the cake, and wrecked their home. If they’d only talked to their birthday boy or girl, they would have known to leave that particular name off the invite list.
  •  No Guests: Even worse than having an unwelcome guest is having no guest at all. Nothing is quite so devastating to a child than a birthday party where no one or almost no one shows up. Even though you’ve put time and effort into the invitations, children can be forgetful and cruel. Be sure to talk to the parents on your guest list, establishing who will and will not be there from the more reliable source.
  • Pet Catastrophes:  One of the most common last minute emergencies parents’ face is at the hands of a family member: the family pet. Whether it’s a dog dragging the cake off the table for a taste, or a cat stomping through it, beware! We all know, the dog that never takes human food, and the cat that never jumps onto the counter will break those trends only when it matters most. Don’t take your eye off that cake until you’re sure that the local wildlife has been accounted for. 
  • Supply Shortages: Making sure you don’t run out of plates, cups, and utensils is very important. It would be a shame to have to break out the good china when it’s time for cake just because all your plastic plates were used as body armor in a stick/sword fight. Come prepared, stock up, and don’t be afraid to have enough plastic dishes for every picnic your family takes for the next ten years. 
  • Boredom: The worst way a kid’s birthday party can go wrong is if the guests get bored. Most of the time kids are perfectly happy to entertain themselves, but when they run out of ideas, you have to be ready to step in. Have some creative games and craft projects ready to keep those little hands busy until it’s time to say goodbye.

When everything goes wrong and it seems like your party has turned into a catastrophe, remember that you and your child are still making memories. Try to find the humor in it and keep a cool head. You can always find a way to make your child’s birthday special, and this awful day may wind up being one of your favorite memories.





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Contributed by Jenny Franklin

Jenny Franklin is a mother, a party planner and a blogger. She often writes on the topics of children's birthdays as a freelance writer for girls’ birthday party supplies producer, Party Pail.

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