Here is an easy to follow checklist to help you get ready for a birthday party.
1 month before the birthday party
- Set a realistic budget – a small budget doesn’t mean a dull party. It just means you have to be more creative.
- Pick your party date – avoid party dates on holidays and vacation dates because some of the invited friends may be out of town
- Select a party theme – popular party themes are beach, Hawaii, popular movies
- Make your guest list – the size of your guest list should be limited by your budget and the location of the party. If your house can only accommodate 30 people don’t invite a 100 people.
- Purchase party supplies, party favors, and decorations.
2-3 weeks before your party
- Purchase your party invitations and mail them. - If your guests have e-mail, you may be able to save a tree and go digital. Just e-mail your invitations to your guests.
- Collect party game ideas – keep in mind your guests. If you are inviting kids to your party, your games should be different than games for grown ups. Have a selection of games available not just one. Some games may work better with some than others.
- Plan what kind of food will you be serving. – If you have a limited budget, you could have a potluck party. A potluck party gives your guests a chance to shine by bringing their own special food creations.
- If you need help with preparation ask friends and family.
1 week before the party
- Order the birthday party cake – if you bake your own cake, you don’t need to worry about this.
- You can save time by cooking food in advance and keeping it in the freezer until the day of the party.
2-3 days before the party
- Make sure you have film in the camera or that you have enough batteries for the digital camera
- Try to get an exact guest count – contact key people and confirm that they will be able to make it to the party.
- Get decorations ready and make sure you have everything you need.
1 day before the party
- Get a good night’s sleep – parties are fun but they require a lot of work and you have to be strong
- Decorate and prepare the food.
- Make sure the party area is safe for all – keep children and people with disabilities in mind.
The Big Day - Party Time!
- Make sure you take pictures – if you are busy put a friend in charge of taking pictures and making the video.
Enjoy, relax and have fun! You have worked hard to create a special time for you and your guests.