It takes a village to raise a child and it should not take a village to plan a birthday party. It can get a bit overwhelming to organize a party, given that you have a limited budget and you want to stretch your dollar as much as possible to have a wonderful day for your child. There are venues that take care of the party for you, but it can get pricy.
Here is a step by step guide of how to organize your child’s party:
- Come up with a couple of dates (preferably weekends) for the party: Look at the calendar and look for holidays that could interfere with the party. A lot of parents take trips during the long weekends. Also remember, the party does not have to be on the same weekend as your child’s birthday week.
- Once you have a couple of tentative dates down, now put pen and paper together and depending on the age of your child, get a sense of what they want for a party. That will give you a sense of the theme, what kind of cake, decorations and possibly the venue.
- I always struggle with the venue. I complain and rightfully so, the venue’s for parties and events are sooooo expensive. If you have a huge house where you can host then you are all set, if not then make a couple of calls and do a compare of the prices, what you are getting. I would recommend calling farms or stores like Michaels to host.
- Once you have a venue and date finalized, now send out the greeting cards. I would say steps 1 and 2 should happen atleast 2 -3 months away so as to give you enough time to plan.
- Layout a to do list for buying decorations, food, cake.
- As you get closer to the date about 1 month away, send the invites. Always give an RSVP date that is 2-3 weeks away from the party.
- 2 weeks away start gathering the decorations and finalize the food and cake. Put the decorations in a box so as to keep everything in one place.
- Now wait for the RSVP’s.
- Sit tight till the day. As the venue to get their earlier to decorate and lay the food.
- Enjoy the day