You’re never too old or too young to celebrate a birthday, and with the right planning and preparation there’s no reason the host can’t enjoy the party as much as their guests!
To help simplify things, we’ve compiled some think-ahead steps to take the stress out of what should be a celebratory and enjoyable event for everyone involved.
Stick to a budget – Be realistic about what you can spend and then stick to it. Do you want a big extravagant cake? Are you hiring entertainment? Allocate the largest amount of money to the ‘must haves’ on your list and then adjust the remainder of your budget accordingly.
Who to invite – Will it be just a few close friends, co-workers, family? Unless you’re planning a surprise party, work with whoever’s party it is to determine how many guests are invited (don’t forget to work within your budget).
When and Where – Once you have a rough idea of how many people are attending, you’ll need to decide where and when to have the birthday party. If your home isn’t large enough will you need to book a venue? Whatever you do, decide on a location that is convenient for the majority of guests to get to, and home from.
Send Invitations – Once you’ve decided on the above three bullet points, it’s time to send invitations. Make sure you invite guests 4-6 weeks ahead of time so that they can make travel and/or childcare arrangements, and buy a gift! Invitations range from formal and traditional to casual and fun and many people choose to print their own – especially if they’re on a budget.
What to eat – Whether you’ve decided on serving finger food or are having the event catered, planning ahead is key. If hosting the party at an external venue, make sure you speak to the catering manager who can talk you through the best options dependent on the space hired, and any dietary requirements. When planning drinks, make sure there are alcohol-free options available.
Entertainment – Many parties work well with just background music, but it’s a good idea to have some fun activities planned in case your guests need help getting into the party mood! Things that don’t have too many rules and are easy to play usually go down well – the game charades is often a good one for large groups of people.
Home decoration and cutlery – Make sure your decorations give guests a sense of the occasion, even if it’s just balloons at the front door and banners in the rooms. With cutlery, having enough paper cups and plates, napkins, knives and forks means you won’t be on washing up duty, at least until the next day…
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