Hosting a children's Christmas
party can be stressful. The children are usually very excited
at the prospect of new toys from Father Christmas. Of course
excited children doesn't always mean giggly, energetic
children; it also can mean sulky children as they experience a
spectrum of emotions as part and parcel of the festive
excitement. The Christmas party host or hostess has to be
prepared for a number of situations.
Assuming you have the party
food and venue covered, all you have to do now is to sort out
a line up of interesting entertainment and party games.
Only choose games and
activities that are suitable for your party's age group. If
your games are too babyish, older kids will not participate.
Similarly, younger children will find older kids games too
complicated and will not want to play. Choosing games that
match your party will mean that the children that you are
entertaining will have a more enjoyable party.
If the children at the party
are not familiar with one another, make the first few games
non prize winning ice breaker games so that the children can
play together as a group, and everyone can get over their
shyness and make friends.
It's better to have too many
prizes than too few. Party games tend not to last as long as
you think they will, and you don't want to run out of prizes.
You also need to bear in mind that sometimes children enjoy a
party game so much that they want to play it again. If your
game schedule is too regimented an unscheduled game will make
you a prize short. You need to be a flexible play leader.
Dealing with children who don't
wish to join in is always difficult. You want every child to
enjoy the Christmas party but f course you can't give your
complete attention to one child who is reluctant to join in.
If after several urges of encouragement during the ice breaker
games, and during the first prize winning game; if the child
still wishes to not participate give that child a colouring
book or a puzzle book and some pencils. This way the solitary
child has a prize and fun, and you haven't neglected the rest
of the group.
Seeing a display of prizes to
choose from may sound fair and fun, but in reality it can
cause arguments and sulky children when more that one child
sets its sights on the same prize. Simply overcome this by
gift wrapping each prize and having a lucky dip type system.
This adds extra fun and excitement and the children will be
content that this system is fair.
Forward planning at children's
Christmas parties is essential if you wish to host an
enjoyable party for all, and I hope these tips will go some
way to helping your party run smoothly.