Being organized is the key to throwing a great children's party, so plan ahead and don't leave it to the last minute. Ask your child what they would like to do for their party, and if the idea isn't too outrageous, consider going along with whatever it is they would like to do. You might find that there is some activity that is all the rage with the kids at the moment, so it will save you having to dream up something special. With really young children party games at home are still popular, but children about eight years and older generally like a bit more entertainment. There are plenty of party hire ideas, and depending on their age, you may choose to organise a petting zoo, a clown, have a fairy party with a visiting guest or have a snake handler provide the entertainment.
Ask your child what they want
Unless the idea is completely ridiculous or way over your budget, you might want to consider taking the advice of your child in regards to what they would like to do for their party. Often there is some playhouse or park that is popular with the kids at school, or they have been to a party somewhere and they would like to have their party at the same place. Perhaps they have a few ideas about what they would like to eat or when they want to have it. It is their party after all so it doesn't hurt to find out what they want to do.
Choose invitations early and set a date as soon as you can. If your child is old enough they will be able to distribute them amongst their friends, but if you feel that they might not reach the intended party guests you could send them by mail or email. You might be in contact with the parents of your child's friends via a social networking site, so you could let them know this way, or sending around a text message is just as effective.
Choosing a theme for a child's party can be a great idea because it then sets the tone for the whole event. If you choose a theme you can then tie in the invitations, have children dressed up in costumes, have food and decorations to suit and even provide entertainment that all matches in. For younger girls you might want to have a fairy party, a princess party or have a pink party, where absolutely everything and everyone is pink. Older girls might like a disco or to come dressed up as their favourite television or movie characters. Boys are happy with pirate themes, spooky parties or having some sort of sporting theme. Older boys would probably not like a theme so much, but rather would like to go somewhere like a go-karting track or skate park.
Children's parties often seem to have fairly extravagant entertainment nowadays, but you don't need to do this if your budget won't allow. Younger children are happy with party games like 'Pass the parcel' or 'Pin the tail on the donkey'. You can hire all sorts of different entertainment, from clowns that do balloon animals, to having a fairy or princess arriving to delight little girls, or having a mobile animal farm in your backyard. A lot of children's magazines have advertisements towards the back with many different party entertainment ideas.