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How To Keep Adults Entertained At Your Kid’s Birthday Party

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Throwing parties can be a lot of fun, but hosting a party that is fun for both kids and parents can seem challenging. Ever wonder how to throw a party other parents will enjoy as much as the little ones? Hosting adult-friendly kids' parties isn’t as difficult as you may think - with a little preparation and foresight, you can ensure that everyone invited has a great time.

As much as we all enjoy a good theme party and a slice of cheese pizza, it does starts to get repetitive after a while. If you have grown-ups in attendance, your party should be adjusted accordingly to include everyone! Whether you are inviting all parents to a summer bash or just leaving an open door to parents who have a shy child as a safety net, it's important to plan ahead. 

Here are some tips on how to entertain adults at a kid's party - so at your next child's birthday the grown-ups (including yourself!) can have blast too. 

  • 1. Make Introductions

    It sounds obvious, but take the time to introduce your guests. It's common for a party host to be so wrapped up in making sure everything is running smoothly with the kids that they forget to make sure the parents are getting to know each other, too. You might assume everyone has met before, especially if it's a class party, but make introductions where you can. It sometimes takes a little nudge to get parents off their phones and interacting, but once people start chatting everyone has more fun!

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  • 2. Create A Space To Relax

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    Often at kids parties, all the chairs have been taken to the craft table or gathered up for games, leaving adults to stand for the whole party. Don't forget to set up a comfortable spot near the food and drinks where parents can sit and watch the kids play. This also creates a natural gathering area that will encourage parents to socialize and get to know each other.

    Don't have enough chairs? Get creative! Indoor stools, benches, or even loveseats can be pulled into the yard for an afternoon to create a cool, comfy, outdoor party room. 

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  • 3. Give Them A Heads Up

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    When sending out your invitations, let people know what to expect. Everyone will have more fun if they are prepared! Sometimes parents aren't sure if they are supposed to stay for the party or just drop off the little ones and go. By making it clear on the invite that this is a party for both kids and adults, you can clear up any confusion. This way they can make plans to stay and enjoy all the fun! 

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  • 4. Provide Adult Beverages

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    If you've invited adults to your party, you should provide something other than juice boxes for them to drink. When you're throwing an afternoon gathering, offering up mimosas or other brunch cocktails is a great option. Set out a variety of juices, champagne, and plastic flutes. 

    If alcohol doesn't make sense for your party or venue, flavored sparkling waters or non-alcoholic punch can be great options. And don't forget coffee. If you've got coffee, everyone is happy!

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