Do you enjoy planning birthday parties? As much as I love organizing and planning, planning a kids birthday party is extremely stressful for me. Why? I don’t have that creative gene when it comes to putting a theme together and what activities to plan, etc, etc, etc!
Pinterest is a great place to search for themes but they aren’t always realistic and as a working mom, time is your biggest battle. There’s just not enough time to put together some of those amazing parties. There’s hope though, you can still plan for an amazing party without getting stressed, here’s how you can do it:
- Pick A Date: This will get the ball rolling once you’ve decided on a date.
- Number of Guests: Make a guest list. Review it a few times to see if there’s anyone that needs to be added or taken off the list. Your guest list will help you on deciding where to have the party, which is the next step. Some places have maximum capacity while others are pay per person or child which can add up very quickly.
- Pick A Location: Decide whether or not you’re going to have it at your house or somewhere else. Your guest list will help you decide a location. If you plan to have it somewhere else, start looking at the venues early because they get locked up quickly.
- Pick A Theme: It makes things much easier when there’s a theme. Easier to select party supplies, games, cake, etc. I used to be anti-theme because I think people take things to another level when there’s a theme but it really does make it easier to plan a party when a theme is chosen. You narrow the field down.
- Get Invitations Early: This one usually is a challenge for me because I like to order them through Tinyprints and those take longer than buying them at the store and filling in the invitations. So pick them out at early as you can, it’ll save time and stress. Utilize mailing options through stationary websites if you use them. They charge a little more for it but it’s worth it and off your list.
- Food & Beverage: Decide what kind of food you want to serve. If there will be kids, having kid friendly food is a must like chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, etc. Buy food and beverage in bulk, you’ll save time and money by doing so. Costco is one of the best places to buy in bulk. I heart Costco.
- Entertainment: Do you want to have entertainment? Most parties do but you don’t always need it. Sometimes having the friends and family there is enough.
- Put Your Plan on Paper: Write down all the details of your party or use an app. I prefer using paper because the art of writing it down makes me remember it vs. typing it on an app. Plus I don’t always like to be on my phone. Chose due dates for each category for when you want it completed. For example, your party is May 1st, have a due date of March 1st to have the invitations ordered by. Selecting a due date will keep you on task, otherwise you’ll procrastinate, trust me 😉
- Party Day: Enjoy! You’ve been working for a few months on your party, it’s time to reap the fruits of your labor.
Planning a birthday party or any party for that nature doesn’t have to be stressful. We put too much pressure on ourselves to have a perfect party. There’s no such thing, it doesn’t exist. The key to a stress free party is planning early and putting it on paper.
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Any tips or tricks you do to keep party planning stress free?