5 Tips for Planning an Awesome Birthday Party

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Who doesn't love to have a great birthday party? After all, birthdays are meant to make you feel special whether you are turning sixty or sixteen. However, an awesome birthday party requires perfect planning. Planning a party may not be the rocket science, but it isn't a piece of cake either.


Even the smallest birthday parties require days of planning. You can't just order a cake, put some random decorations together, invite a few people over and call it a birthday party. After reading this post, you will know exactly how to plan a birthday party, whether it is for your kid or spouse.


1) Prepare a Guest List


The first thing you probably should do is to put together a guest list. The number of guests will determine the size of everything else you need from party venue to the food. You need to be realistic about the guest list. Consider inviting the people who mean the most for the person whose birthday you are celebrating.


For example, if you are planning a birthday party for your preschooler, you may want to consult him (if he is old enough) before preparing the list. You can invite only children making it a drop off party or welcome parents as well. It can also be a gender-neutral, or boys only or girls only party. You don't have to have the same guest list every year. You can add new people to the list or omit some of the old ones. It all depends.


2) Set a Party Budget


Never plan a party without a well-thought-out budget. You will need to spend on invitations, birthday cake, food, beverages, drinks, presents, decorations, party theme, entertainment, and maybe the venue. Consider all of these factors while setting up your budget.


You can throw a decent party without breaking the bank. On the other hand, even if you are aiming for an extravaganza, you still need to set a budget and stick to it. You will also need to decide how much you are going to spend on each item in your itinerary. For example, you may want to spend more on food and set up an outdoor movie projector for the entertainment if it's a small, family only party.


3) Decide the Venue, Date and Time


The first obvious choice is your home or the backyard or lawn. But, setting up decorations and the food as well as clean up afterward can be very tiresome, especially in a small house. You don't want to feel that kind of pressure while planning the party.


Fortunately, you have plenty of rental options. In fact, you can rent a small space in a local park, pool, the beach, restaurant or the community recreation hall for a decent price. The availability of an offsite location will determine the date and time of your party. But, you also need sufficient time to plan the entire party. So, consider the date and time accordingly.


4) Choose a Theme and Prepare the Decorations


The right theme and appropriate decorations can brighten up a birthday party. Use your creative side to come up with unique party themes and decorations. You can choose a dinosaur bash theme for a preschooler or throw a vintage style Great Gatsby Party for your spouse or best friend. Although you can pick any party theme, make sure it suits your invitations, decorations, food, and the entertainment.


If possible, you can set a dress code that goes with your birthday theme. You can also create a board where the guests can write their birthday quotes or wishes. It is quite popular and goes with almost every party theme. Do a little digging online to find out birthday party themes for various age groups. Search the nearby dollar store to find out whether you can get the necessary supplies for the decorations. You can even use party and crafts supplies from previous projects and parties.


5) Plan the Menu and the Entertainment


The menu will depend on both, age groups of your guests and what time the party starts and ends. If it overlaps mealtime, you may want to consider adding more than just finger foods on your menu. However, keep it simple as it will reduce prep time and save money as well.


Usually, comfort food with lots of cheese, butter, sugar, and deep fried or grilled dishes are a big hit at most birthday parties. Pizzas, puffs, veggie dips, corn dogs, and ice cream are some of the most popular foods in kids' parties. Adults, on the other hand, may prefer restaurant-style food such as crostini, chicken sandwiches or sliders, meatballs, stuffed veggies, ham, and grilled meat and veggies.


Over to You


Without planning, a birthday party can turn into a nightmare. Hopefully, these 5 tips will help you throw the best birthday party ever for your loved one without putting you under a lot of stress. Don't forget to enjoy the party just like everyone else. And yes, if you know any other tricks that may have helped you plan an awesome birthday party in the past, feel free to share them in the comments below.


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