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

Updated July 25, 2019 637 votes 60 voters 6.6k views14 items

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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. 

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    Hire A Sitter To Help

    A big mistake a lot of parents make is thinking they don't need help. You may indeed be a superhero and capable of handling everything on your own, but you certainly won't enjoy the party as much that way.

    Hiring your favorite babysitter for the afternoon is a worthwhile use of your party budget. Having an extra set of hands for set up, activities, and clean up means you have more time to socialize with the adult guests. The other parents can hang around the snack table and having a drink guilt-free knowing someone else is keeping an eye on the kiddos.  

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    Keep Crafts Simple

    An interactive crafting activity always sounds like a fun idea but often just ends up overcomplicating things. When choosing a craft for your party, consider how involved the other adults will need to be in assisting their child. Keep it simple. The reality is that a three-year-old isn't going to thread all those tiny beads onto a string - their parent will. If an activity is going to end up being difficult to complete, skip it! There are plenty of crafts and games that are easy for little ones, and everyone will appreciate you thinking ahead. 

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    Don't Forget Food For The Adults

    At many children's parties, the adults are so concerned with getting the kids to stop and eat something that they forget about food for themselves. A spread of cheese pizza, potato chips, and cupcakes is great for kids, but it's not every adult's favorite lunch.

    Set up a table with finger foods grown ups can enjoy - cheese, grapes, nuts, olives, and veggies are great options. The other parents will appreciate having something substantial to eat while their kids play. The adult snack table is also a natural way for parents to gather in one place and break the ice! Win win. 

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    Break Out The Nintendo Switch

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    Having a Nintendo Switch set up somewhere at the party could keep kids and adults alike happy. When the younger ones head off to do something else, the adults could easily get in some more intense games of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart, or maybe let the swears fly – quietly – by trying some custom Mario Maker 2 levels.

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