First, NYC-based Mommy Poppins has a great list of 10 tips to keep in mind if you decide to host a birthday party in your small home. Here are a few of my favorites:
• Limit the number of guests: This is probably the most important rule if you're going to attempt this. Keep it small and your young child won't be overwhelmed.
• Pick a simple theme that will interest your child and menu and activities can follow along.
• Set Up Play Stations: For example, snacks in the kitchen; art project in the living area.
• Clear the playing area: Put away larger toys and put out something simple: a big roll of paper, crayons, and stickers- that all can play with. We did the same thing at our daughter's 2nd birthday and it worked well.
And here are a few things that worked for our daughter's party:
• At our party, we also hired a musician we hear at our local library. It was good to have an activity to pull everyone together in the beginning of the party and get the kids that were a little more shy, warmed up. This also placed all of the children in the middle of our play area/living room.
• We actually moved all of the bulkier toys (tent, tunnel, etc.) into our bedroom, and moved our sofa, which is usually in the center of the room, against the wall to provide a big open space.
• Balloons! A bunch of balloons is all it takes to liven up a small space. Our
daughter requested purple and we had about 15 helium balloons. Each child got to take one home.
• Make sure you have good air circulation. A bunch of toddlers running around in our one bedroom quickly made things stuffy and hot even in the middle of winter. We opened up our bedroom window and bedroom door to let fresh air into the rest of the apartment.
• If you have a small kitchen table or kitchen, consider rolling out some butcher paper and floor pillows for snack time.
What tricks do you have when you host a party in a small apartment or home?
(Image: Gingiber/My Party: Violet)