By Rob Grigor
Let's face it, to most people
the task of organising a children's party is a daunting one. No matter how brave
you feel before the event, the real test comes on the day itself as
you prepare to receive into your home a horde of youngsters, most of
whom you have never met before. Furthermore the day poses many questions
such as: Will there be enough room, food, games, prizes? How will we
cope with the naughty ones, cry babies, children who will not leave
their parents? Should we have balloons, blowers, hats, party bags, etc,
etc? The list is seemingly endless.
Faced with all these decisions
it is hardly surprising that many people take a certain amount
of pot-luck with their
preparations, reasoning that after all "they're only kids"
and "it is only for a couple of hours". In reality both of
these assumptions are a recipe for disaster. To imagine that "they're
only kids", is to suppose that keeping them entertained on the
day will be a simple affair and that they will delight in every game
or activity which you have arranged for them. Anyone who has ever been
present at, or indeed organised their own children's party, will know
that this is sadly not the case and invariably the little darlings,
bored or disinterested with the programme of events, will resort to
making their own "entertainment"!
Similarly "a couple of hours"
can be made to seem like a lifetime when, with half of the party still
to go, you suddenly realise that you have played all the games, tea
was over much faster than expected and you have no idea how you are
going to prevent the impending destruction of all you hold dear as the
guests perform their own unique interpretation of "The Charge of
the Light Brigade".
Perhaps you feel that
all of this is par for the course and, with the cost of House
Contents Insurance being what it is, it's about time you had
some of your money back! Maybe you feel that a children's party
without all hell being let loose just would not feel right. After
all you may reason that even if the assembled throng are running
riot, at least they are enjoying themselves. If you find yourself
nodding in agreement with the last couple of points then maybe
this book is not for you and your money could be more wisely
spent on a good interior decorator. If, on the other hand, you
would like to tip the odds firmly in your favour the next time
your offspring are blessed with a birthday, read on now. You won't regret
it and neither will the kids!