Planning a birthday party can feel overwhelming, but it’s not if you break it down into small tasks. Planning birthday parties is both fun and stressful. There are many elements of a good party to take into consideration, and the responsibility of the party being a blast falls on you. There are some fail-safe steps to take in order to plan a fantastic birthday party that will have everyone involved and having fun. Make sure that you have fun along the way!
- Choose a date for the birthday party.
The sooner you choose a date, the sooner you can get started with planning other elements of the party. Consult with the person whose birthday it is to determine a good day for the party. Check their schedule and take note of any holidays around that time. Keep in mind that many people travel for different holidays. It is advisable to host the party on a weekend. More people will be willing and able to come if it is on a weekend, because many people do not have to work on the weekends.
- Select a time for the party.
Appropriate times will vary based on who the party is for and the age of that person. If you are throwing a birthday party for a child, host it in the late morning or early afternoon. This is most convenient for families. If you are throwing a party for an adult, then an evening party is appropriate.
- Decide on a budget for the party.
An important part of planning a birthday party is budget. Parties can easily consume a great deal of money, so it is important to come up with a budget and stick to it. Come up with an overall budget, meaning a total amount that you want to spend on the birthday party. Break down each element of the party (e.g. invitations, food, drink, decorations, venue) and decide how much should be spent in each area.
- Create a guest list for the party. There are a few reasons for doing this.
A guest list will help you ensure that no one is forgotten when sending out invitations. It will aid you in deciding where to hold the party. A guest list of 12 people means you could host the party in someone’s home, if you wanted to do so, but a guest list of 50 people will likely need to be held somewhere else. This will eliminate the risk of people the birthday person does not want attending showing up to the party. Having a number of guests in mind enables you to determine how much food and drink will need to be provided, if you are doing that yourself or having it catered.
- Consider where to have the party.
Take into consideration what the birthday person wants. If he/she wants a more elaborate party, then work to plan the party in a venue that enables that. If he/she is into small gatherings with close friends, then aim for that instead.You will need to decide if you want to have the party in your home or someone else’s home in order to keep the venue cost-free. Think about making a reservation at a restaurant if your party is of a reasonable size. Most restaurants can accommodate up to about 25 people without too much issue. Another idea is to host the party at a party or banquet hall. This will be a more expensive option, but it can easily accommodate more people. Think about the guest list and keep in mind if any guests need accommodations. Be sure that wherever you choose caters to people who need certain accommodations, like wheelchairs.
At last Congratulations ! You have successfully planned a birthday party. Happy Planning !