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The Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Planning Checklist
Birthday party planning for your kid is no child’s play. Children can be quite demanding when it comes to their idea of a perfect party. Whether it’s the theme, the décor or the music, every kid wants some wow factor. But planning can get very overwhelming and stressful for parents who really want to put up a great show but are pulled in every possible direction.
But do not fret! We have some great tips that can come in handy in birthday party planning. Let’s check out the birthday party planning tips and checklist that will guide you through the process and make sure you have a good time while making your little one’s birthday a memorable affair.
1. Stay Away From Social Media
Your child’s birthday celebration is for the enjoyment of your family and friends and should reflect your sense of aesthetics. Instagram and Pinterest may have beautiful pictures of birthday party planning with exquisite decorations, grand themes, and magnificent cakes.
But most of these parties are organized by professionals with months of meticulous planning, are implemented by pros and have budgets that may not agree with yours. So stop surfing through those pictures right at the start and use internet resources at a later stage when you have a clear idea of what you want and just require a few pointers.
2. Involve Your Child
Your child will be excited to be involved in the birthday party planning. But their involvement can get a little tricky. Children, influenced by what they’ve seen on TV or in other parties, may have suggestions that are difficult to implement.
But at the end of the day, do take their opinions on decisions and if they are being unreasonable, talk them through the process. Both your child and you will have a great time.
3. Manage Your Time
Kids can change their mind on every tiny detail. This is the risk you run if you start planning too early. The best is to start at a time which gives you ample scope to rectify any blunders. Also, don’t start so early on that your child outgrows his or her love for the theme or ideas you had started out with.
And let’s not start on the dangers of planning too close to the actual party. Timing is crucial to birthday party planning.
4. Start With the Party Location and then Check with the Important Guests
There are some things you have to decide at the very outset. The location of your party is the first thing you must decide. Your venue will dictate your date, your number of invitees, the budget of your party and all your arrangements.
Then you must check with the guests that you must have and make sure that they are available that day. It would be terrible if your child’s friends from school or the neighborhood cannot make it to the party. Be prepared to make adjustments.
5. Research Online
With your location, date, and budget is in place, this is a good time to go online and take a few ideas. With a fair idea about your theme, go through the internet to find easy ways to turn your kid’s idea to reality.
Take cues on the cake, decorations, color schemes etc. But don’t get carried away with extravagant ideas. Focus on simple elements that are easy to make or buy and don’t stress you out. And if you want to splurge on something, choose one thing; the cake, the decorations, the caterers or the venue.
6. Go Easy on Everything
Most importantly, be kind to yourself. At the end of the day, the party should be fun for everyone and not for the benefit of social media.
Go easy on yourself during the course of the birthday party planning, don’t go overboard and always feel free to opt for choices that are trouble-free for you. Ask for help, don’t take it all upon yourself and you are sure to have a great time planning the party.
6 Weeks Ahead
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3 Weeks Ahead
2 Weeks Ahead
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1-2 Days Ahead
With the party right around the corner, this would be a good time to finish as much as you can and leave bare minimum for the day of the event. Leave only what cannot be done in advance.
On The Day Of The Party
Your child’s birthday is an occasion close to your heart and you shouldn’t forget to have a blast.
With our week wise division of your tasks and guidelines on birthday party planning, there is no reason why this party won’t be a roaring success. Relax, go with the flow and have a great time.