|1 – The theme and the venue|
|How far in advance to book a venue will depend on the time of year, for example, at Christmas or other busy times, you may have to book months in advance. Make sure that the party venue either at home or elsewhere is safe and child friendly.
Creating a theme is probably one of the most important aspects of party planning, once you have your theme the whole concept will start to come together. Why not have a wild animal or farmyard party? We have a wide range of one-size top and tail outfits that can be used to theme the party and would be ideal party favours or prizes
|2 – Create a guest list|
|It’s always a good idea to enlist other mums to help on the day, close friends and relatives always come in handy, ask them to arrive half an hour before everyone else.
Make sure to invite a special friend of siblings so that they are not left out.
Try and make it so that the invitations give everyone a clue as to the theme of the party it will add to the anticipation. Think about the party theme, and make the invitations appropriate. For example, if the theme is wild animals you could photocopy pictures of wild animals onto card and make these the invitations.
Remember to say on the invitations what the party is celebrating, who it is for, who is being invited, what the theme is, and where and at what time it is to be held.
Ask guests to RSVP, and then 2 or 3 days before the party check with those who haven’t responded to find out if they are coming or not, so that you can have an exact guest list.
|3 – Partyware and Decorations|
|It’s always a good idea to order party ware and decorations as soon as you have decided upon the theme. If your party is outdoors, and is a barbeque or Halloween party, make sure that children are kept safely away from fires and naked flames.|
|4 – Activities and Prizes|
|Most parties will last for about 2 hours, everyone begins to get tired if the party lasts much longer than this. You will need to think of activities to keep the first arrivals busy, it also helps to make the shy ones feel at home, perhaps some colouring, or puzzle game. Once everyone has arrived, they need to be gathered together for the first game.
Always consider the age of the children when planning games and activities and try and plan more games than you need in case they go a little quicker than you expected them to. It’s a good idea to write out a schedule of the games and activities in case you forget any.
|5 – Food and Drinks|
|If you are preparing the food and drinks yourself, find recipes and make a list of all ingredients. Finger food and snacks are always a good idea to start the party with. If possible you can try and make the food match the party theme.
If you are having the party food made by someone else, make sure it is ordered in advance, especially the birthday cake and check a week before just to make sure your order hasn’t been overlooked.
|6 – The Big Day Arrives|
|Don't forget to record the event! Make sure you have your camera or phone. Disposable cameras can be fun to give to guests to take the shots that you miss. Don’t forget birthday candles and matches if it is a Birthday party!
Remember to stay sane. Children always get excited at parties and there are bound to be a few little mishaps, stay calm, enjoy yourself, and keep a sense of humour. It could be a good idea to take a small first aid kit, plasters, etc. The most important thing to remember is that you are celebrating the birthday of someone very precious. So enjoy yourself.
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