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If you’re going to have a great birthday party for your kid, you want it to be memorable for the child. Too many people just go through the motions when making a party for their child and then when it’s all over, you’ve pretty much forgotten it by the next day. It shouldn’t be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way. Your child’s birthday parties will give some of the most memorable and lasting images of her childhood. Creating a special day does not take a huge amount of money, it just takes a little bit of forethought and planning. Here are my ten best tips for making your child’s birthday party a fun and special day.

1. Always begin by coming up with a great theme for the event. A good start is to brainstorm about your child’s beloved interests, like: activities, places, movies, toys, hobbies, etc. that your little one enjoys. The possibilities are truly endless!

2. Decide where your party will be held. My favorite party place is our backyard (economical, large, and always available!). However, we have also hosted parties and both grandparents’ homes (one has an awesome kitchen, and one has a pool!), an expensive recreation center, a go-carts and kiddie rides park, and Chuck-E-Cheese. Make sure the venue will be available on the date you need it.

3. Book your party at the home or other location of your choice, and then get to work on the invitations! Compile an address list, and make sure you mail your invitations at least two-weeks in advance! You can also e-mail invites if you are in a time crunch or are having a less formal party.

4. Start accumulating your party things! I love searching for party ware, games, party favors, and decorations. Having a theme makes this process so much easier. I love Birthday Express for the high quality of their plates, napkins, and cups.

5. Plan your menu, including refreshments and your cake. Decide if you will make a homemade cake, buy the cake, or maybe ask Grandma to help with this item? (While I like to bake, my mother-in-law loves to make my daughter’s birthday cake. I usually let her!).

6. Write down the itinerary for the party, and try to estimate how long each event will take. So, if you have a two-hour party, you will know just how long you should spend on games, presents, refreshments, etc.

7. Make sure you have someone writing down who gave each present while your child is opening gifts… this will make thank you note writing so much easier!

8. Have all of your decorations, party ware, balloons, etc., opened and ready to go the night before the party. Make sure you put decorating time into your itinerary!

9. Remember your theme in everything you buy, games you plan, and food you make. This truly creates a party to remember.

10. Play it safe. Safety is of the utmost importance for your birthday party, and that’s true before, during, and after the party is over. Particularly among adult parties where alcoholic beverages may play a role, it’s important that you ensure guests have a means of getting home safely and efficiently.

Too many times great parties have become great tragedies because of issues like drinking and driving.

Offering things like shuttle services to your guests will also send the message that you want them there and that you care about their comfort and well-being. If uncertain about the logistics, let Creative Party Rental guide you through the process today. They have more than ten years of experience in the party rental business. Whether you’re planning a wedding or quinceañeros, we are your one-stop shop for all types of party rental equipment.

If you’ve planned birthday parties for your child before, you know how exhausting it is. If this is your first time, and if you read nothing else, you want to stick one rule: you want it to be about your child. No matter how tempting it would be to have a full-blown Frozen themed birthday, if they are not into it you have to drop the idea.

No matter how daunting the idea may seem at first, being organized and putting some time and energy into planning the party is the key. It’s the secret ingredient to making the day in smiles!

1. Pre-Planning the Party

Before you can start the planning process, get a notebook or open an excel sheet and prepare a checklist and a tracker. You will input all the necessary information so you have everything you need in one place. The more organized you are, the easier this will be.

2. Prepare a Budget

On that excel workbook, add a sheet and determine how you are willing and how much you can afford to spend on this party. While you want your child to have the best birthday ever, money might be tight. The budget helps because it sets limits from the get-go. Based on this, you already know what you must cross off from your list.

3. Choose a Date

Even if you want to throw the party on the day of their birthday itself, things won’t always work out the way you want. Between other children’s birthday parties, school holidays and days on which you are not allowed to throw parties (Yes! This is really a thing! Some schools have rules about this – remember to check with your child’s school just to be on the safe side.), you might not be able to do that. So, take all these factors int consideration when setting the date.

4. Set the Time

This will depend on your child’s age. The younger they are, the better it is to keep the party short. 2 hours minimum should be good – they have enough time to have fun but it is not too long that they get sleepy, tired and cranky. If they are older though, your child might prefer to have a sleep-over. So, plan your activities accordingly.

5. Sit Down Your Child and Discuss the Party with Them

Do not tell them to plan their party because let’s face it – they are children. Do you really think you’ll be able to do everything their imagination comes up with? No. So instead, ask them about the theme and their favorite food. If you want to have them more involved in the process, take them shopping with you.

6. The Guest List

That will depend on the age of your child and sometimes their schools. Some schools have rules that stipulate all the kids in their class should be invited. Also, decide if you want the parents to stay or not.

7. Invitations

Now that you’ve gotten everything sorted out, it’s time to send out the invitation. You need to give parents enough time to prepare, so, we would recommend sending the invites at least 4 weeks before the birthday party. You can also involve your child by having them help you with the design of the invitations.

8. Enlisting Helpers

Birthday parties for children are never easy or simple. You will be unable to manage the children, supervise the games and pour drinks all on your own. If you have an older child, then ask them to help you out. Otherwise, talk to another parent, a friend of yours or hire a babysitter.

9. The theme for the party

Generally, your child must already have an idea for the theme. Whether it’s a Disney, Harry Potter, Naruto or Spiderman, the theme gives you the blueprint you need to start the planning. From decorations to the cake, activities and entertainment, ensure you adapt them to the theme. If your child is too young to choose the theme, you can pick one of the following and go with it:

  1. Princesses
  2. Pirates
  3. Fairies
  4. Superheroes
  5. Toy Story
  6. Ninja turtles

If you are not having the party at your place, you can let the location dictate the theme. Popular birthday locations include:

  1. Swimming pools
  2. Skating rinks
  3. Cinema
  4. Pottery classes
  5. Soft Play Centres
  6. Paintball park

10. Entertainment

There are several things you can do to entertain your guests. The least expensive option (read more tiring) is coming up with games yourself and setting them up. If you already have too much on your plate, hire someone else to do it for you. Ensure you have everything they will need and, if you want it to be extra special, talk with them to see if they can come up with something that fits your theme.

There you go! As simple as that! You are now ready to start planning! Happy planning!

Planning your kid’s birthday party but don’t want to break the bank? We got your back! Being a parent as well, I understand that planning a birthday can be costly. Last year, I decided to try some methods which proved to be very cost-cutting. That’s why I decided to share my best tips with you to stick to a budget while planning your next bash.

1. Timing is important.

As Danielle Walker, the author of Against All Grain has rightly said,“ Plan your party from 2 p.m to 5 p.m.” It is indeed the best time to throw a party. Guests normally don’t expect a full course meal if you are hosting your party after lunch and before dinner. The message is quite clear that only snacks will be served.

2. Planning is vital.

Make a list of all the party supplies that you will be needing. It is important to go supply shopping early. You can opt to go for a month or weeks before the party. It will give you time to compare different prices from different shops plus it will save you from any last minute shopping. During the party, you will be at ease to know that you have everything set.

3. Go Digital.

I know that it can be fascinating to sit around and make your DIY birthday invitation cards. Paper invitations cost a lot of money and energy. For your next event, make use of awesome technology around us and choose a free electronic invitation with RSVP option that way, you can count your number of guests as well.

4. Opt for a Dual party.

Your kid’s friend’s birthday is right around the corner? Instead of planning for only one, you can collaborate with the other kid’s parent and have a dual party. This will help to split the cost and responsibilities. However, make sure that each child gets their own cake.

5. Avoid traps of party stores.

Sometimes, it is baseless to shop for things at party stores as you can find the same thing for a much better price in the wholesale supermarket. The goal is to cut down cost.

6. Make use of your networks.

Contact your personal connections or community resources for entertainment. Once my friends asked their friend who was a police officer, to come to the party in his uniform. The kids were pretty much excited to see a cop. Kids are easily entertained.

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