Our summers are full of one unforgettable kid’s party after another. Whether it’s our own kid’s birthdays, or their friends, we are busy, busy, busy with parties. Planning a kid’s party can be a tad overwhelming.
These 8 tips will help make the process a bit smoother.
1 ~ Choose a fun theme. Look at your child and determine exactly what makes them the most happy at this moment. Run with it…even if it’s something completely random…like balloons!
2 ~ Plan ahead. Start your pinterest board, Trello card, or hand written list. There is no wrong way to do this. Brain storm all the ideas that you would love to do. Don’t focus on any limitations…just become inspired. The sooner you do this, the more time you will be able to turn your inspiration into reality.
3 ~ Start shopping as soon as you figure out your theme. Catch things when they are on sale or clearance. Spending a few dollars every week can help spread your budget out and make the final party less painful. I was buying tiaras and wands out of the Target dollar bins for months before Little Miss’ party. I had no idea what I was going to do with them…but I knew that I needed them.
4 ~ Plan a kid friendly menu. What are their favorite foods? What are they pushing away right now? Corn on the cob is always a favorite…but don’t serve it if the entire guest list is missing their two front teeth!
5 ~ Get organized. Create a list with three categories: To Do, To Buy, & Menu. Then start thinking about each part of your party and list anything that is necessary in the three categories. I usually do this step twice. Once about a month out, and the second time the weekend before.
6 ~ If you’re crafting…start early. This is one that I really need to work on. I am the queen of procrastination. But the earlier you start cutting cute monsters out of paper, the more likely you will actually do it. Otherwise you’ll end up spending more money at the party supply store.
8 ~ Make a crazy fun activity. This should be your main focus. At the end of the day, your kids are not going to remember what color flowers they had on their table…but they will remember the feeling of conquering the Hashi, having a video game come to life, or playing dress up in an actual castle.
If you’re looking for some extra party inspiration, check out our party archives!
What are some of your sanity saving tips? Share them in the comments!
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