Trying to make a birthday party as special as possible for your little one is one of the main things you’ll think about as the day draws nearer. From the initial brainstorming and creating a guest list with your little one, through to ensuring that the day goes as smoothly as possible, the stress of creating an unforgettable party is well worth it when you see the smile on their face.
Luckily, you’re not alone in the planning process. There are plenty of tips and advice online for you to browse, while friends and family who have already been through the party-planning process a dozen times will also have their own words of wisdom. Here are some top tips and advice to help you get off the starting blocks so that you know exactly what to do when your turn to party plan arrives.
Decide on the time and the place
The first thing you need to choose is the venue for the party, when it will be and what time on the day you wish for it to take place. Consider the ages of the kids you are inviting and make sure they’re not waiting around too long for the food element. When choosing a date, check that it doesn’t coincide with anything major that may stop kids from turning up, such as Easter holidays or sports days. As for the venue, that’s up to you. If you’re feeling brave and you have the space, a party at home would be the cheapest option, while village halls are available if you’re planning on inviting the whole class.
There’s nothing worse than some last minute planning, only to find out that the venue you wanted isn’t available and the kids your little one wanted to invite can’t make it because of pre-arranged plans. Give parents plenty of heads-up, not only so that they can book it into the calendar, but also so that you can organise replacements if others can’t make it.
Incorporate a Theme
No matter how simple, a theme that runs throughout the day can help to cement the various aspects of the part together. From a fancy dress code to the activities and décor planned, you can go wild! Plus, with affordable outfits from the George fancy dress department available, the party guests won’t have to worry about having to spend a fortune to get kitted out.
Set a budget
It can easily get out of hand if you don’t set a budget, and stick to it. From the venue hire to food, party bags and activities – it all costs and it’s up to you to keep in control of it.
Think outside the box
If you want to be a little different and do a party that will be fun and memorable, think outside the box. You don’t have to spend a fortune to be quirky, either. Perhaps pay homage to your child’s favourite game, or organise a petting zoo to come to your home. Who needs another village hall disco, anyway?
Don’t feel like you need to reach for the valium, or the vodka, just yet! Planning parties doesn’t have to be stressful; take your time, enjoy the planning and take every eventuality as and when it comes. The result will be a very happy child!