Planning your kid’s birthday party can be a stressful event. There is a lot to think about and you will want to make sure everything runs as well as it can so your son or daughter has a day they can remember for their rest of their lives. With so many different aspects of the party to keep in mind, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is some advice on how to plan everything so the event goes off with a bang.
Two Months Before
Start planning with plenty of time ahead of you so you’re not totally stressed out at the last minute. Speak to your son or daughter to find out exactly what kind of party they would like to have and you can go from here. Once you have decided on the activity, start to put together a list of who to invite. The type of party will probably affect how many people can come (some activities are more expensive than others and are better with fewer people).
Start planning the entertainment and book the venue if you need to. Your child can speak to their friends to make sure everyone will be available on the day you are planning to host the party.
One Month Before
Design and send out the invitations. These can either be sent in the post or handed out at school. If you include RSVPs with them, it makes it easier to keep track of everyone who can make it. Start to plan the rough schedule of the party, but remember to keep things flexible as no one likes fun that has been too rigidly organized! Plan any supplies you need including decorations, games and party bags.
Plan out the menu. For your own peace of mind, it is a good idea to keep things simple and kids enjoy food like pizza which is easy to prepare. Also, think about what type of cake you would like. Take a look at http://www.allcakeprices.com/costco-cakes-and-prices to get some inspiration. Enlist any extra help you need from older siblings or other parents.
One Week Before
Chase up anyone who has not yet responded to the invitations. Do any major cleaning around the house you need to and start to buy the supplies you need for the party. Confirm with the entertainment and finalize any time schedules.
One Day Before
Do a final clean of the house and organize the furniture in a social way, bringing in any extra seating you need. Put up your decorations and prepare all the food so that it is ready to be cooked. Also, think about any space that needs to be cleared for activities you have planned. Get the outdoor area ready too if you are planning to take the party out here.
All that’s left to do is run the party itself and then all the stresses are over…for one year at least!