As you’ve may noticed I’m writing this blogpost in English to reach out to all parents who could use a little help on how to plan a birthday party for their kids. Ofcourse you should not consider this as ‘the way’, but because we succeed in the past with ‘our way’, hopefully it will give you some inspiration! I’m gonna let you take a closer look in this birthday blog serie which will contain 4 parts. Today you’ll read about How to | Planning a birthday party #1. Enjoy!
What does your child want?
Guess this is the most importing step to start a party right, don’t you think? 😉 Ask your child about what she likes or what her ideas are about the party and how many children she likes to invite. It can’t be only what your child wants of course, but having a little chat about it may be useful. Her self-esteem will grow and she’ll get the feeling that her opinion is importnat too and if it was only for that, you never should skip this step. Sharing ideas and let your child help pick is a good starting point for a successful party! So get your (bullet) journal ready and let’s get some things clear!
Planning 4 weeks in advance
A time frame of four weeks to get things planned is more than enough. As soon as you mention ‘birthday party’ it may occur that from that day your child is gonna drive you crazy with all the questions and asking how many days until the big day…You can make a calendar together to fix this problem too. 😉 In this first week you can write the first ideas or themes (My Little Pony Party/ Star Wars/ Barbie/etc) down so you’ll have a clear view about a certain theme. In this period of time it is useful to know whether to plan the party at home or on location. If you want to take the children to a circus for example, you have to be aware of the fact the you’re dependent on other people and their agenda’s. Now you also figured out how many children you want to host. Right?
You know how many children you will be hosting? Good! Time to send the invitations! I personally prefer to send out invitations by email instead of letting my daughter handing them over at school. There may be children disappointed because they won’t receive an invitation, so be careful with this. A nice way to sent invitations with is Paperless Post.
As soon as the invitations are sent, you want to start with a schedule of which activities you want for the birthday. Does the activity need other supplies you don’t have? Than make sure to rent/borrow/buy them. Think about the weather. What if?….Do you have enough or other space to do the activity? What do the little guests receive when the party is over? A goodie bag? A photo? Something else which takes time to prepare in advance? Now is the time to order things to fill the goodie bags with. Love this part of the plan! 😀
All of these action bullets are made at least 4 weeks in advance, so be sure that you’re in time! Next week I’ll give you some inspiration about the menu and allergies and what to plan 3 weeks in advance. Stay tuned!
How do you usually start with the first step? Please let me know in the comments! Love to read about it!