For many people, organizing a birthday party is an annual feature. Even so, hosts tend to make common mistakes. Keep them in mind to have a stress-free, fun birthday party!
Birthdays are not just celebrations of a special day, they also make memories for years to come. The primary objective of any birthday party is having a great time, not just for your child, but also for the guests and very importantly – You.
It is never too early to book your venue. With the date not being an issue, getting the perfect venue for your child’s party is about booking it on time. ‘Giving yourself a head start of about a month or two is always a good idea’, says the venue hire expert team at Hafla, who have helped organize quite a few birthday parties. According to them, ‘This may seem odd if you’re not into planning in advance, but it’s definitely better than having to deal with a tantrum!’ They also suggest getting on an app to check if the weather is pleasant enough for an outdoor party. Getting the venue of your choice also means that there will be no compromises when it comes to deciding the size of your guest list or entertainment options.
Focus on fun
Younger kids making up your guest list? Don’t forget to simplify the program so that they can focus on the fun. Children typically have shorter attention spans and get distracted easily. For example, it would help to put away the bouncy house if you have a magician lined up to perform. Or, just ensure that there isn’t too much to do at one time – multiple diversions mean chaos! Don’t have the time to juggle all of this? Let our Hafla expert draw up an entertainment schedule and also help select products and services that will suit the age bracket of your guest list.
Allergies are a matter of concern, especially when you are responsible for a bunch of kids who are not exactly watching out for their own selves! Keep them safe by asking parents to share information about allergies in advance. This will help you to draw up a menu without those ingredients. Be sure to instruct your caterer accordingly.
Face it – you can’t do EVERYTHING. If you’re offered help, take it, especially if the average age of your guest list is in single digits. Venues and vendors can organize party helpers. You could also sit back, relax, and have an experienced event planner from Hafla take on the responsibility of organizing the party.
Some boo-boos can be rectified, but this one is irreversible. If you are going to be too busy to don the shutterbug hat, then remember to appoint a friend or a relative to take on this all-important duty! Alternatively, you could hire a professional photographer to do the job – Hafla will be happy to set you up with one that suits your style.
Common Do’s and Don’ts to Avoid Mistakes While Planning a Birthday Party :
|Start planning early||Procrastinate until the last minute|
|Set a realistic budget||Overspend beyond your means|
|Personalize the party with a theme||Ignore the birthday person’s interests|
|Create a guest list based on preferences||Invite too many or too few guests|
|Book the venue in advance||Wait too long and risk losing your desired venue|
|Plan age-appropriate activities and entertainment||Neglect entertainment and leave guests bored|
|Stay organized with checklists and timelines||Wing it and rely on memory alone|
|Communicate party details clearly to guests||Assume guests will remember all the information|
|Have a backup plan for unforeseen circumstances||Overlook potential issues and lack contingency plans|
|Enjoy the celebration and have fun||Stress out and forget to savor the special moments|
Handy Checklist for Birthday Party:
|Determine party theme||4-6 weeks before the party|
|Create guest list||4-6 weeks before the party|
|Send out invitations||3-4 weeks before the party|
|Book the venue||4-6 weeks before the party|
|Plan and order decorations||3-4 weeks before the party|
|Arrange for party supplies||2-3 weeks before the party|
|Plan the menu and order the cake||2-3 weeks before the party|
|Organize entertainment or games||2-3 weeks before the party|
|Purchase or make party favors||1-2 weeks before the party|
|Confirm RSVPs||1 week before the party|
|Follow up with non-responders||Few days before the party|
|Prepare a detailed schedule||1 day before the party|
|Set up decorations||On the day of the party|
|Set up food and drinks||On the day of the party|
|Coordinate entertainment||On the day of the party|
|Welcome and entertain guests||During the party|
|Serve food and cake||During the party|
|Capture photos and videos||During the party|
|Thank guests and distribute favors||End of the party|
|Clean up and return rentals||After the party|
The timeline provided is a general guideline. You may adjust it based on your specific party requirements and preferences.