Birthday party planning can be stressful, so we’ve come up with a quick checklist to make sure it goes off without a hitch…
Two months beforehand
Choose a date and a venue.
Compose the guest list. People get booked up quickly so send a ‘save the date’ card to your prospective guests, especially grandparents and godparents.
Decide whether you want to theme your party — if you do, now’s the time to think about how you’ll carry the theme out.
If you want to hold the party in an outside venue rather than at home, then choose and book your venue now.
One month beforehand
Send out invitations, remembering to include directions and other details as appropriate. Ask people to RSVP.
Buy decorations and fun party favours from the confetti shop — and don’t forget disposable cameras so that all of your guests can help to record the fun.
Three weeks beforehand
Decide what you want to do about food and drink — will you concentrate on snack foods, or will you provide a sit-down dinner or a buffet dinner? Make a list of what you need to buy and prepare once you’ve decided.
Order a birthday cake if you’re buying one.
Two weeks beforehand
If you’re doing the music yourself, plan what you want to play. Make some mix tapes or CDs or a playlist with suitable music.
If there is any food that can be prepared and frozen in advance then do so now.
If you’re having a theme, get together any suitable decorations e.g. posters, disco balls.
One week beforehand
Clean out your fridge to give you more space for party food and drinks.
Buy non-perishable food and drink items and plastic cutlery, cups and crockery.
Remember to provide non-alcoholic drinks for drivers and young guests.
The day beforehand
Start to decorate your house or venue and prepare food.
Make sure that you have cameras and a camcorder in working order and full of film.
Pick up the birthday cake.
On the day
Put out food and drink and use paper tablecloths – it makes cleaning up a lot easier.
Clear away any valuables that might get smashed.
Check for any potential health and safety hazards, especially for toddlers.