If you have a child's birthday party looming, and the thought of entertaining 20 or more young children for 2 hours fills you with panic, then read on.
I've found that like most important life events, such as moving house, going on holiday, having a baby....the importance is in the planning.
If you spend 20 minutes or so (even less) to sit down, take a deep breath and actually plan your party, then it will seem all the less daunting, and infinitely more manageable.
I've found an excellent online birthday party checklist which may be of use. It is very detailed, so covers all the relevant points. Take a look at it, use it, and relax!