Whether for a first birthday or a fiftieth, planning a birthday party requires some serious organizational skills, not to mention a memory like an elephant. For many people, the key to throwing a successful event lies simply in writing things down. So to help you get your own plan together, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more important elements you’ll want to keep in mind:
Budgets Are Easy To Blow
Before you start shopping, write down everything you’ll need to buy, and how much you estimate it will cost. Then look at the total amount and consider if you can live with that budget. If not, you’ll need to find ways to cut costs.
Does The Venue Match The Guest List?
Whether you’re hosting the party at home or have rented space at a local restaurant, make sure that the location can accommodate the number of guests you intend to invite. There are limits for occupancy that you’ll need to stay within, so ask the venue manager before booking to make sure it lines up with your plans. Beyond legalities, you want to make sure there is enough space for people to be comfortable at the party, but not so much that the place feels empty.
You Can Ask For Help
Schedules nowadays are packed to the brim, and you may simply not have enough time to do everything yourself. Ask a friend or family member to take care of something for you, even if it’s just picking up some ice cream or setting out cups and plates before people arrive.
Pick A Theme
Particularly for children’s parties, you’ll want to choose a theme and decorate around that. Whether it’s pink princesses or superheroes, having a central thread actually makes decorating easier. That being said, you don’t need to go overboard. Make the theme clear with a few key items like cups and plates, but beyond that you can stick to basics.
Plan Some Party Games
Parties can start somewhat slowly, so plan some games to get it rolling. Whether it’s pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, or simply some crafts, games can provide structure to a party and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
If You Can Finish Something Ahead Of Time, Then Do It
The day of an event is always hectic, so take some pressure off yourself by doing everything possible in advance. For example, set the table and decorate the day before the party. If certain foods will keep in the fridge, then get them made and simply take them out when you’re ready. By taking care of these things before the “big day,” you can focus on time-sensitive items like greeting guests when they arrive.
Whether you’re planning a party for your child, husband, friend, or family member, preparing ahead and keeping the above tips in mind can help you make it a smashing success with minimal stress. However, remember above all else that a birthday party is a time for everyone to have fun, including the host. Don’t worry if small things don’t go as planned because in the end, all anyone will remember was that it was a great time.
Samantha Hunt works at eInvite.com, an online retailer of custom stationery, all-in-one wedding invitations, birthday party invites and other personalized paper goods.
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