Guest post contributed by Irshad Alam
It always seems that your son or daughter has grown up too early although it has been years since you have seen him or her slowly take tiny footsteps and pave their way to adulthood. Parents, all over the world share this common sentiment and it is not a surprise they treat their children as if they are still the toddlers who need mum’s help to reach, even, their favorite toy.
But that is not the case anymore. Your kid has finally grown up and now is the time to celebrate their 18th birthday. But this task, no matter how fun and exciting it sounds, has its own set of challenges.
Your kids have suddenly grown into young adults who have a mind of their own and have very specific opinions about everything. It is for this reason then it becomes even harder for you to plan up everything without knowing their consent.
But don’t worry. Here are some tips that if you keep in mind will enable you to throw a dashing party for their 18th birthday.
Don’t Think of Throwing a Surprise Party
It may seem to be a lucrative option for you to catch the birthday boy or girl off-guard by planning up a surprise party for him or her. But this may not seem to be such a great idea, in this case.
When it is such an important occasion, it is vital that you keep your kid involved in every step of the planning process. It is expected that he or she should have the maximum input for the event as the day and night are all about that person.
This is vital, especially in the case of deciding the guest list and arranging the food. You obviously do not want to invite someone with whom your son fell out years ago or arrange pizzas and shakes while your daughter’s heart craves for lasagne and gelatos.
Arrange for a Great Venue
Booking a special venue has more perks to offer than you have thought of. Let’s talk about the obvious two here.
First, this one makes the event a bit more special. Second, if your kid invites hosts of friends then it saves your home from being ruined and littered and spares you from the harassment of cleaning everything afterward.
Choose an Exciting Theme
No matter how old you are no one is ever tired of getting dressed up and this will help to make the 18th birthday even more successful for your kid and worth remembering for years.
You should arrange for a black and white theme or for Mission Impossible or James Bond theme. Talk it out with your kid and judge what he or she prefers the most. On the basis of that, decide the party theme.
Be Relaxed But Careful
You can still be a responsible parent and keep an eye on everyone around. But this does not mean that you will be too interfering and be the killjoy of the party. Let them have their share of fun and do not limit your child’s style. Be responsible without being interfering.
Appoint a Party Planner
This way you take all the stress out of your party and just sit back and enjoy. A professional party planner does everything for you right from arranging for the theme to the catering and the seating arrangement to organizing the DJs and the dance floor.
So appointing an experienced and reputed party planning company helps you to throw all your worries to the wind and watch your kid and his or her friends have the time of their life.