A birthday party program should include entertainment activities, a meal and refreshments, a birthday cake and gifts. Depending on the age of the attendees, a program may also include periods of unstructured time for guests to visit and enjoy the company of others.
Birthday parties for all ages typically include activities such as crafts, games or other entertainment. The program should allow enough time for guests to fully enjoy the activity. Serving the meal or refreshments is the next important part of the program.
After the meal or snacks, guests can sing "Happy Birthday" while the party honoree blows out the candles and opens the gifts. Birthday cake should be served to all the guests at this time. During or after the gift opening, the hostess may hand out favors or gifts to party attendees. Depending on the length of the party, more activities and entertainment may follow the ceremonial cake and gift portion of the party.