Planning a birthday party for our little ones can be a lot of stress and hard work. We have to make a lot of phone calls, we need to meet dietary needs, we have to hire entertainment and we also need to decorate the house. With so much on our minds, it can be hard trying to balance work and our duties as a mother, but with this simple-to-follow checklist, hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of how to go about it.
1. Have you sent invitations out?
If you’re still early in the stages of planning, then remember you need to send invitations out to people and it can’t just be spread via word of mouth. Having an invitation will also give your guests an address and contact information in case they have questions, and it’s a great way for your child to spread the word about their upcoming birthday party to school friends. You can use a free online invitation maker to help you make simple but informative invitations. It doesn’t take long, it’s cheap to print out and you can even send the invitations over social media.
2. Have you planned the food?
One of the most important safety considerations for a kid’s birthday party is the food. Allergies and other dietary needs are extremely important to take into consideration. The last thing you want is for a child to suffer an allergic reaction or have a stomach ache because you neglected their condition. Ensure that when you plan the food, you take all of the children’s dietary needs into consideration.
3. Have you made a list of supplies?
Before going out on a big shopping spree for supplies, make sure you write down a list of things you’re going to need from the store. Perhaps you’ve never written a shopping list before or maybe you’re forgetful, but it’s important that you do so to save yourself time and hassle by visiting the store over and over again. You can use an app on your smartphone to plan a list and then simply check each item off as you put them in your shopping cart. Include things such as food, the latest films, entertainment items, disposable cutlery, napkins and so on.
4. Has the cake been ordered?
The most crucial component of a birthday party is the cake. The cake has to be big, spectacular, and there should be enough to feed all of your guests. If you want something that stands out then you’re going to need to order a cake from a local bakery. Make sure they have cakes displayed to show you what they’re capable of and don’t be afraid of ordering something very specific, such as a design that your child wants.
5. Have you planned the entertainment?
A birthday party should last a couple of hours and it should have a lot of entertainment to keep the kids busy. If you planned on renting anything such as a bouncy castle, then make sure you have to time to set it up and pack it up before it has to be taken away. Most of the time, the rental staff should be able to give you a hand, but it’s never a bad idea to keep the area clear before they arrive. Ensure that all of your board games have the right pieces and that the video game consoles are all in working condition for when the kids come over.