When you’re throwing a party for your kids during the summer, you have to keep many metaphorical (and sometimes physical) plates spinning. Between coordinating locations, choosing food, and making sure friends are dropped off and picked up on time, there’s plenty that you need to keep in mind.
To throw an effective summer party, you need to cover safety, scheduling, entertainment, and refreshments. It’s great to be able to lean on other parents for help, too. Between considering a bounce house rental and picking out a portable ice maker so you can create shaved ice cones, here are a few fun ideas to help you throw an enjoyable party for your kids this summer.
Prioritize the entertainment.
It might not seem like it to some, but kids can be fairly picky customers. If you don’t have ways to keep them entertained, they’ll create their own entertainment. In some situations, this can lead to exciting, spontaneous activities and memorable moments. In others, it can lead to a bit of a mess around the house or party venue. With that in mind, you can turn your next event or kids’ party into a day to remember with the right entertainment. So, where do you find bounce houses? Can you rent an obstacle course? How do you get a rental from Point A to Point B?
Consider party rental services to find the right supplies for your special event. Whether you need a larger party tent for a Smash Bros-themed birthday party, carnival games, inflatables, bounce houses, or something else, the right party rental company can help you find the right equipment. Plus, many rental companies will work with you to help nail down the logistics of your event. The right rental company can even transport different equipment sizes to and from your event at specified times and assist with setup and teardown. Whether you need chair rental in Long Island or a cotton candy machine, you’ve got options.
If you’d like, you can also look for managed event services and rentals. Whether you’re renting a dunk tank, a water tank, or a bounce house, having someone on hand to manage the service can free you up to focus on the children. This can be helpful if you don’t have secondary supervision or benefit from an extra pair of hands. But, again, other parents are often a great resource for this.
Think about the refreshments.
Whether you’re setting up a shaved ice station or you have a build-your-own soda bar, you need to have some refreshments or beverages on hand. This is particularly important if you’re throwing a party outdoors. As temperatures climb on hot summer days, you should have solutions to keep everyone healthy and hydrated. With a water reservoir and an ice machine, this is a much easier way to create batches of ice-cold beverages and refreshments. You can even get a portable ice maker on Amazon, so you’re not spending too much on each batch. While a countertop or portable ice maker can’t make as much ice as, say, a commercial ice machine, you can still up your ice production game.
For a fun idea, get a portable ice maker that can make shaved ice. Then, you can buy fun, fruity syrups in every color of the rainbow and have your kids and friends develop colorful shaved ice treats. Of course, you can also make your own syrups and color them if you want to limit sugar intake or are worried about any dietary restrictions. This is a fun way to use fresh ice, keep everyone cooled down, and encourage a hands-on confectionary activity.
Stock up on the essentials.
When you’re having a bunch of kids gather together in any space, there’s bound to be the occasional mess, accident, or spill. With this in mind, please anticipate these slip-ups before they ever happen. That’s why it’s a good idea to create a fairly exhaustive shopping list that will help you stock up on everyday items that will help guarantee that your party will be a success. In addition, this frees you up to focus on how much ice and table linens you have and can make clean-up a breeze.
It’s also smart to stock up on sunscreen if your kids are going to be outdoors. Choose a high-quality SPF that can protect you from several harmful rays. Also, make sure that everyone at the party regularly reapplies their sunscreen each hour. Nothing ruins a party quite like a bad sunburn or a few painful tan lines. Other common supplies include paper towels, disposable dinner supplies, and bottled water.
With these tips in mind, it’s that much easier for parents to throw a safe, enjoyable party for their kids. Whether you’re planning fun outdoor activities or you’re considering renting a venue and paying for a bounce house, the right entertainment, refreshments, and supplies can make any kids’ party more of a success. This summer, it’s never been better to party on.