Organizing your child’s birthday party at home can be stressful and overwhelming. From picking the theme, crafting the invitations, to decorating your house, and scouting for party giveaways, there are certainly a lot of things you need to tick off your checklist. If you are on the verge of throwing in the towel or at a loss as to where to start, here are five steps you can follow when preparing for your child’s birthday party.
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1. Determine your budget
Before you begin with the preparations, the first thing you need to figure out is the birthday budget. Setting a budget early on can help you keep your expenditures in check. Since you no longer need to spend money on the venue, you can allot that budget for something else. Decide on a figure that you are comfortable with. List down your priorities and try to filter them. If your child is old enough to make decisions, consider talking to them about what they want for their party. Remember that your goal is to make your child happy on their birthday and not to throw an instagrammable event for your social media followers.
2. Pick the time and date
After deciding on the budget, the next step is to settle on the time and date. If your child wants to do it on the actual day of their birthday, go ahead and do so. However, if they’re not particular on the day, consider having the party on a weekend. Make sure to choose a day when the weather is nice so that you can have the party in your backyard and you can save your indoor furnishings from being damaged. In addition, choose a time that works for everyone, especially for the birthday celebrant. Keep in mind that younger kids need their afternoon nap, so make sure to schedule the party after your kid gets their much-needed rest. The last thing you want is a grumpy child throwing tantrums due to lack of sleep.
3. Plan the food
The next step is to create the menu for the party. Depending on the guests’ age group, and your kid’s personal preferences, list down different food options. You also need to factor in your kitchen’s space and storage. Unless you’ll be ordering outside food, make sure you have a large area to prepare the food, a durable and functional kitchen oven or equipment to cook them, and enough space in your refrigerator to store leftovers. Try to limit the quantities of food that you’ll be preparing to avoid having food waste. In addition, make sure that you also prepare food for the parents of the children who’ll be attending. While you don’t need to go overboard with their menu, it would be a nice gesture to serve them a platter of fruits or inexpensive hors d’oeuvres.
4. Send out the invitations
Before you start on the guest list, make sure that you check your budget first, as it will dictate how many people you can accommodate. It is also a good idea to ask your kid who they would like to invite. Do they want their cousins and neighborhood kids to attend, or are they planning to invite their entire class? Also, decide on how you’ll be sending out the invitations. Will you be sending them through the mail or digitally?
5. Choose a theme
One of the crucial parts of planning a birthday party is selecting the theme. If your little one has a specific theme in mind, then you can start looking for party decorations, cutleries, and party giveaways that match it. If they are too young to tell you what they want, consider what their interests are. Think of their favorite characters, toys, and the activities he enjoys doing. Remember that some themes may be more challenging to plan than others, so try to choose one that offers several options for accessories and decorations. Here are some unique birthday party ideas to consider:
- Ice-cream parties
- Milk and cookies party
- Bounce house
- Balloon party
- Unicorn party
- Mermaid birthday party
- Pirate party
- Outdoor drive-in movie night
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party
If your child loves playing in the water and you have enough space in your backyard, consider renting a foam machine and throwing a foam party instead. Remember that whatever birthday theme you choose, it must be something that your child will genuinely enjoy.
Organizing your kid’s birthday party entails careful planning. While these steps can help you throw the best party for your little one, it is still important that you do what’s best for them and your entire family.