BIRTHDAY PARTY CHECKLIST...
3-4 Weeks before your party
[ ] Cuddle up with your child. Decide if you want a party theme.
[ ] Create the guest list. Guests generally range from friends at daycare, school or the neighborhood, then add close relatives.
[ ] Pick party date and time. Parties are generally 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long.
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[ ] Get party supplies, decorations, party favors, activities and prizes for games. Be sure to get enough tableware for the adults attending, as well.
2-3 Weeks before your party
[ ] Send the invitations. It is best to ask guests to RSVP to get an estimate of how many children to expect.
[ ] Decide on activities and games to play. Consider the age of the children and plan games and activities accordingly. Plan more games than you expect to use in case you run out of activities before the party is over.
[ ] Plan your menu.
[ ] Arrange for extra help on the party day from friends or relatives.
1 Week before the party
[ ] Order cake from a bakery if you are not baking your own. Bake cake and freeze it, if making your own.
[ ] Make other foods that can be made ahead of time. Store in the freezer.
[ ] Write out a final schedule of activities for the party. Johnny Ould provides a lot of Free Party Planning ideas here in this web site, filled with great activities, games, decorating tips and recipes.
[ ] Confirm any orders placed for the cake and/or party supplies.
[ ] Let siblings invite a special friend over for the day so they won't feel left out. They can either play apart from the party or they can be helpers.
2-3 Days before the party
[ ] Buy remaining food for the party. Buy film and/or videotape.
[ ] Check batteries for the camera and/or camcorder.
[ ] Get an exact guest count. Call those who haven't responded.
[ ] Arrange to have balloons filled with helium to pick up the day of the party. It is fun to have each guest go home with a balloon. However, Jonathon T. Wizard can provide his unique balloon scuptures, magically and fun created at the party for just a $1 per child!
1 Day before the party (Jonathon T. Wizard will call around the dinner hour to confirm his appearance so we all can sleep knowing everything is in place!)
[ ] Finish decorating the cake, or pick up the cake from the bakery.
[ ] Make sure you have plenty of candles and matches.
[ ] Pick up helium-filled balloons. (if that is your choice)
[ ] Child-proof the party area.
[ ] Decorate any indoor areas (save outdoor decorating for day of the party).
[ ] Prepare food that can be made ahead of time.
[ ] Prepare foods and beverages that could not be made ahead of time.
[ ] Take plenty of pictures and videos to commemorate this special day.
[ ] Plan a Nap for Yourself After the party!
Remember, young guests will be excited, mishaps may occur. Keep your sense of humor. Even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned, the most important part is to enjoy the day as you celebrate the life of your child!
Balloons & Streamers
Hang balloons in bunches for the best effect. Use them anywhere it strikes your fancy - doorways, walls, indoors or out. The more the better! If you choose to use helium balloons, wait until the party day to ensure they float well! Use curling ribbon to tie balloons together. Leave extra ribbon hanging and use scissors to curl it. Gather six or eight streamers and attach them to the ceiling in the center of the party room (or over the table). Use a light fixture over the table, if you have one, as the center point for the streamers. Twist each streamer as you walk it to the wall and attach it at shoulder height. Put two differently colored streamers back-to-back and twist to make attractive two-tone streamers.
Smile for the Camera
Be sure to take lots of pictures. You and your child will want to remember this special party. Polaroid pictures work well as party favors because they capture the fun instantly. If using regular film, a helpful hint is to have extra prints made and send them to the parents afterward. Remember, it's not necessary to have everyone in each picture. Focus on small groups and avoid posing all the photos. Candids capture the laughter best!
Spread your Birthday table cover on your party table. If the table can be damaged, be sure to place a protective covering on first. If your child has any theme-related toys, you can add them to the table for a more festive display. Cut several one-to-two-foot-long pieces of curling ribbon. Curl it by pulling between your thumb and the blade of your scissors and lay the resulting curls on your table for added color. It's your choice whether to set out only the napkins, forks and spoons, saving the plates and cups until the food is served. However, the overall visual effect is greater when all the partyware is on the table when the guests arrive.
Tips for A Successful Birthday Party
1. Mail invitations two weeks before the party date.
2. Plan a safe, comfortable place for the party. One where the children can have fun and not hurt themselves or your home. If planning an outdoor party be sure to have a backup plan in case of bad weather.
3. Limit the party time to two hours or less for children under six of age. Up to three hours is fine for older children.
4. Have more activities than you plan to use prepared in advance. Activities often take less time than planned and you may want to keep the children busy.
5. Include the birthday child in preparations as often as possible. Have him or her stuff the party favor bags, make suggestions for games, help with the decorations, set the table, and mail the invitations - even if that only means putting them in the mailbox.
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