Make a Memorable Daytime Bash for Kids: A Step-by-Step Birthday Timeline

Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by Project Party

Are you looking for ideas on how to throw a memorable and fun birthday bash for your kids? Well, look no further! We’ve got the perfect plan for making sure your little ones will have a blast on their special day. Here is our step-by-step birthday timeline of awesomeness that will ensure you’ll have an unforgettable celebration full of laughter and smiles. So grab those party hats, blow up some balloons and let’s get this birthday bash started!

10:30 AM – Start Setting up the Venue, Decorations and Food (Birthday Time Kick-Off)

10:30 AM is the perfect point in your birthday timeline to start prepping for a child’s party, but finding energy can be hard. With exhaustion and lack of sleep, we’ll just power through with coffee and stale crackers. Balloons on the wall are enough, right? Kids are easily impressed, aren’t they? Maybe one more stale cracker will help.

Setting up for a kid’s party is a lot of work, but seeing the look on their faces is worth it. Creating a fun atmosphere for your child and their friends is satisfying, and who doesn’t love an excuse to act like a kid again? Let’s put on our party hats and get this celebration started!

Birthday styling and decorations
The amount of time you need for birthday party decoration and styling totally depends on how ”over the top” you want to go – if you’re aiming for a Kardashian-level celebration, you may need to start planning a year in advance!

11:00 AM – Set up Music Playlist and Meet With Entertainers

Time to set up a music playlist and meet with entertainers – if only my head wasn’t constantly “Wiggling” from cleaning up after kids. My brain is like a bowl of jelly, but we’ll push through. The playlist’s been located – juice and glitter-stained from the last party. Do entertainers mind performing in a room that smells like socks and spilled milk? If they can make 5-year-olds giggle, they’re superheroes. Let’s crank up the volume and hope for a spontaneous dance party. A parent can dream, right?

Despite the chaos, I’m secretly looking forward to this party. Seeing my child’s excitement and singing silly songs with the kids is fun. Hosting a kid’s party is a chance to let go of worries, be silly, and make happy memories. Let’s have some fun and cherish these memories!

11.15 AM – Guests Begin to Arrive

It’s 11.15 AM and the guests are arriving – but who is that kid again? We’ve been to so many parties, all kids look the same. And, the parents are Jim and Lisa? Presents need to be stacked up, just like we’re playing Tetris with wrapping paper and bows. Here’s hoping I don’t mix up any names or presents – happy party time, everyone!

Keeping track of kids and parents can be overwhelming, but having a house full of people and energy is exciting. Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones is fun. Seeing my child’s excitement and opening presents is priceless. So, let’s embrace the chaos and enjoy the little moments in your birthday timeline that make a kid’s party special!

11.20 AM – Begin Serving Light Refreshments Such as Juice and Cupcakes

Oh, juice and cupcakes, are the perfect combination to keep your kids healthy and ready for an Instagram-worthy photo! Because nothing screams “health and wellness” like a sugar-filled cupcake and a glass of juice that may or may not be mostly artificial sweeteners. And, who needs vitamins and nutrients when you can just have a sugar rush all afternoon?

Getting your kids involved in creating cupcakes and decorating the table is a fun way to spend quality time together while teaching them the importance of healthy eating habits. By ensuring that the food is healthy and safe while still appealing to their tastes, you can establish good habits for their lifetime. Involving them in the process also develops their creativity and confidence in the kitchen. It’s a win-win!

11:25-11:30 AM – Begin Organised Games Like Pin the Tale or a Craft Table

Ah, yes! Because what’s better than forced fun and the possibility of tantrums from the kids who didn’t quite get the hang of pinning the tail on the donkey? Or what about a craft table, where your children can create another masterpiece for that fridge gallery that’s already overflowing with glitter and glue-covered monstrosities? Because who needs unstructured playtime or free play when you can micromanage every aspect of their fun?

Organising organized games in the birthday timeline like Pin the Tail or musical chairs can be a great opportunity to develop your child’s ability to sit and concentrate. These types of games help build invaluable cognitive and problem-solving skills in children, while also teaching them patience and turn-taking. Moreover, parents can utilize this time to have a few necessary grown-up conversations they can’t always have amidst running around with their little ones.

12.15 PM – Serve Lunch Such as Sandwiches, Fruit and Vegetables (Birthday Timeline Break Time)

Yep, more food! At this point, I’m sure everyone – kids and adults alike – is ready for a proper meal.

And what better way to get your children to eat something healthy than by having them help prepare it? Whether you’re serving sandwiches, fruit, or vegetables, involving your child in the preparation process helps give them ownership of their own meals and encourages them to try new foods.

1.00 PM – Cut the Birthday Cake Or Any Other Desired Dessert

Ah, yes, the moment we’ve all been waiting for for-the cutting of the cake! Because who needs presents, cake, and excitement when you can focus on one sole thing? And it’s not just any cake- it’s the cake your kids have been bragging about for weeks to ensure you remember how to make their favourite frosting. If you’re lucky, you may even get a little sprinkle of saliva from the kiddos who want to help blow out the candles (extra germs for the win!).

Cutting the cake is a time-honoured tradition that signifies the culmination of a wonderful year in the life of your child. It’s a moment of true celebration, not just for the child themselves but for the entire family. This is especially true for younger children who can find it hard to understand what’s going on during the day’s events, but everyone can get behind the excitement of cake! Additionally, this moment makes for an excellent photo opportunity to memorialize the day and your child’s growth.

When it comes to kids and cake, be careful, because one minute they’re posing for a cute photo and the next they’re using it as an opportunity for a good old fashioned “smash face”!

1.00-1.15 PM – Offer Ice Creams During Cake Cutting Time (Warning: Birthday Timeline Sugar High-Point)

Oh, sure, because nothing pairs better with cake than a brain freeze! Nothing says, “let’s celebrate” like shivering, teeth chattering, and a headache that lasts hours. But hey, it’s not like we need our brains for anything important, right? Kids love sugar, so why not give them a double dose of it? Because when your child has the sugar high from both the cake and ice cream, they’ll be bouncing off the walls for hours!

But more importantly, offering ice cream during cake-cutting time is a great way to extend the celebration and create memories that will last for years. This can also be an opportunity to discuss nutrition, healthy eating habits, portion control, and more with your children as they enjoy their treats (note: be realistic in your birthday timeline as cake time doesn’t need to be a lesson).

1.15-2 PM – Invite the Kids to Go Outside and Play

Because what could be more fun than dragging a bunch of sugar-fueled kids outside to run around and play when they’re already bouncing off the walls indoors? The sun won’t be too hot, the bugs won’t be too aggressive, and the kids won’t be too sweaty- it’s going to be a perfect moment! Not to mention that we don’t need to worry too much about injuries, less-than-stellar sportsmanship, or accidental mud massages, right?

Getting the kids outside to play and interact with one another is a great way for parents to take a well-deserved break after all the hard work they’ve done to make the day special. While the kids are playing, parents can have a moment to breathe, rest, and maybe even take a bit of downtime to recharge. Additionally, children will develop social skills, and learn how to interact and build relationships with others while engaging in physical activities will help them maintain healthy physical, and emotional well-being.

2 PM – Begin Handing Out Goodie Bags to Guests (Birthday Timeline Bribery Opportunity)

Ah, yes, the moment we’ve all been waiting for for-the goody bags! Because what’s a birthday party without a bag full of choking hazards and toys that will be played with for a maximum of 2.5 seconds before being discarded? And don’t forget about the sugar-packed candy that will ensure your little ones remain bouncing off the walls long after the party is over. Be prepared to hear requests for goody bags starting the moment the kids arrive, and don’t be surprised if they’re reviewed more thoroughly than a school essay!

Giving out goodie bags to guests at a party can be a great way to give kids something special to take home with them at the end of the day. It’s an opportunity for you to be creative and put together bags full of things that will have sentimental value, like personalized gifts. You can also include educational or fun activities that promote well-being, such as colouring books or puzzles. If you forget this part in your birthday timeline don’t worry because the kids will remind you.

If you’re planning a kid’s party, be warned – the scrutiny on the goody or loot bags will be more intense than a Supreme Court hearing – don’t skimp on the candy!

2:20 PM – Wrap Up With a Group Photo

Who knew herding cats could be so much fun? Just kidding, wrangling 20+ kids to look in one direction and smile is a challenge like no other. Try not to get overwhelmed when 5 of them run off while the others are busy throwing apples, and if you do get it all together prepare for some pretty impressive comparisons with military drills.

Looking back on these photos of your children and their friends will certainly bring some much-needed laughter, even years down the road. While it was somewhat stressful getting everyone in place for the group photo, you’ll appreciate the result once you look back at them later. It’s a testament to how much your children have grown, as well as how strong their friendships are. Plus, it’s always nice to have a few reminders that parenting isn’t all bad! Short story, do not forget about collecting photos and memories and make time for it in your birthday timeline.

2:45 PM – Parents Arrive to Pick Up Their Children

The sweet sound of parents arriving to finally take their children off our hands! It’s been a great day filled with fun activities, but we can all feel the energy shift as parents come to retrieve their offspring. Despite the occasional tears and tantrums that accompany this transition, it’s always a pleasure to see our little ones running off with beaming smiles. We reflect on yet another successful day and look forward to the memories we’ll make together when they return. Now let us wave them off until the next time…

Create Lasting Memories and Social Skills with a Thoughtfully Planned Birthday Timeline

Birthday parties are a great way for kids to have fun and make memories, as well as learn important social skills. By carefully planning out the birthday timeline of events throughout the day, you can ensure everyone has an enjoyable time without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. From outdoor activities that foster physical development to goody bags full of surprises and even a group photo at the end, it’s all part of this special celebration! As parents arrive to pick up their children with beaming smiles, we know yet another successful birthday party is in our books – until next time!