If you’re planning your child’s birthday party for the first time, the experience can be overwhelming and even confusing. At one point, maybe you’ve felt like there’s simply too much much to do and you don’t know where to start. But don’t allow yourself to give in to all the stress as you might end up forgetting one of the key elements of the party instead. For instance, you might forget to buy American sweets as party favours and treats for your kid and his same-age guests. And what a tragedy that would be if you didn’t have their favourite sweets at the party!
If you find the whole party-planning process extremely complicated, you can simplify it instead by breaking it down to a few simple steps that include only the most important elements of the party. To create this step-by-step process, these reminders can help you out.
1. Decide on a theme.
While not all parties need to have a theme, it’s recommended that you have one to ensure that it’s more unique. Aside from this, the celebrant will be more invested in his party if it features a theme that’s in line with his own hobbies or interests. When choosing a theme, don’t just limit yourself to the activities that your kid loves doing. For instance, you can also consider his favourite cartoon characters or superheroes.
2. Choose the guests and send the invitations.
Your number of guests will often depend on the limits of the budget for your party. Consider how much you can afford to spend and calculate how much you can spend on each guest. After deciding on the guests, send out the invitations. You can opt for store-bought invitations or you can make them yourself. The latter is more practical if you’re only inviting a few people, not to mention that it feels more personal too.
3. Pick the venue.
There are lots of great venues for kids’ birthday parties, but where you choose to hold the party will decide on your budget and the number of guests invited. If you’re inviting his neighbourhood friends and his classmates, for instance, it would be better to rent a big venue so you can have enough space for everyone. However, if you’ve chosen to make the party a bit more intimate, you can just hold it in your own backyard. When picking a venue, it’s important to consider the weather and current season. For instance, you don’t want to hold an outdoor party in the middle of chilly autumn or freezing winter.
4. Decide on the menu.
When creating the menu for your party, it’s crucial that you allow for any dietary restrictions and allergies that anyone attending the party might have. Once you’ve decided the menu, decide on whether you’re hiring a caterer or preparing the food yourself. Aside from the actual meals, you should also prepare the desserts too. And don’t forget the most important element of all—the birthday cake! You can choose to bake this yourself or buy a store-bought one.
5. Pick out some fun games and party favours.
It’s not a party if you don’t prepare some fun activities for the celebrant and his or her guests. Choose games that are age-appropriate and interesting to them, and make sure everyone gets a chance to play. Finally, prepare some party favours that you can give away as prizes for the games or as souvenirs for the party.