Planning your child’s birthday party can be extremely stressful. But it needn’t be. My daughter and son have their birthdays exactly two weeks apart, which means that I need to very organised so that I don’t get stressed at the end of April and beginning of May. I manage to stay on top of everything and everything goes smoothly, so I thought I would share my top five tips for planning a children’s party with minimal/no stress. And How to manage a childrens party table set up
Planning Your Childrens party
1. Decide on your budget. If you know how much you can afford for the total party, you can have a clear idea as to the types of parties you should look into. Don’t wait until you’ve booked something to realise that you won’t have enough for party bags. You should also take into account what you will spend on gifts for your child.
Childrens Party Venues
Book your party venue 3-4 months before the party. First decide where the party will be located at – a hall, soft play, farm, etc. If you leave it too late, you are likely to be stuck with an inconvenient time or a more costly venue. Of course, you could have the party at home. Consider how many guests you will be inviting and how you can accommodate everyone.
Here are my top three pics for childrens party venues in the USA and UK.
3. Send party invites out 4-5 weeks before the party. Give your guests plenty of time to organise their schedules (with a two-week RSVP window). And if they aren’t free, then you have time to invite other guests without them feeling like they’re on the D-list. In the past, I have given paper invites. Last year I tried a group email for my daughter’s 8th birthday party. Both methods were fine, but neither were that efficient.
This year I have used Paperless Post for both parties. Not only was I able to choose customisable cards, but they were emailed so I didn’t have to worry about handing them out (though you can order paper invites). I can then track everyone’s attendance, and even see when invitees have opened the email. You can send messages to remind people to RSVP, and general reminders about the party. Not to mention the fact that guests don’t have to worry about losing the invite. Sign up for a Paperless Post account and you can keep track of yours and everyone else’s parties.