When Maureen Lim’s son, Xavier, asked her if he could celebrate his fourth birthday in school, she agreed. But she also asked herself how she could make it extra special. “All children love parties, so I was keen to do more than just bring a birthday cake to his school,” says the 38-year-old banker.
“After talking to our son’s teacher, my husband and I decided to make a real event of it.” In addition to a large rainbow cake, she also prepared goodie bags, containing party hats, small toys and candy, decorated the classroom with balloons, and even catered the kids’ mid-morning snacks.
All in, she spent about $300. She also wanted the party to be a surprise, so she had her son’s teacher gather the other kids to sing the birthday song and watch while he cut his cake. “The party lasted a good 45 minutes, and the children had a lot of fun going through the goodie bags and feasting on the snacks and cakes,” says Maureen.
“We spent a small fortune, but Xavier was happy, so we consider it money well-spent.” Sharon Tham, also admits to spending a few hundred dollars on her daughter Sheena’s fourth birthday party at preschool. In addition to the cake, goodie bags and gifts for the children, party ware, decorations and a delicious lunch spread, the 36-year-old graphic designer also hired a magician and a balloon artist to entertain the class.
“Logistically, it was easier to have the party in preschool rather than at our house,” says Sharon. “Having the teachers around to keep an eye on the kids was a bonus, too. But above all, Sheena had a lot of fun and it was nice to be able to make her friends happy.”
A birthday party in preschool sounds easy, but if you want it to go off without a hitch, it’s important to plan well in advance. Cheryl Chan, senior principal from Learning Vision at Changi Business Park, suggests giving the preschool at least two weeks’ notice. She and the mums Young Parents interviewed share more of their best tips for a successful party: