What’s so hard about planning a birthday party?
It’s just a matter of inviting people and having food and drinks ready, right?
Well, if you’re sure the birthday celebrant will be happy with a simple celebration, that may be fine. But if you want the event to be a bit more special, you need to make an effort to plan it.
Don’t worry though. Birthday planning doesn’t have to take up all of your time.
Here, we’ll talk about the basics of how to plan a birthday party that’s as special as your loved one.
Setting a Budget
It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a party for an adult or a child. A budget should be the first item on your birthday planning list.
Not only does your budget affect every aspect of the party – from the theme to the food options to the decorations, etc., but it also helps you avoid unnecessary expenses. If you know how much you can afford to spend, you’ll find it easier to decide which details to DIY (e.g. decorations) and which ones to splurge on.
Creating a Guest List
You won’t find a “how to plan a birthday party guide” that says “just invite whomever.” Remember, you’re planning this for a loved one. You should check with them to make sure you’re not forgetting anyone who should be on the guest list.
Having a guest list will also help you pick out the right venue. If the celebrant doesn’t have a lot of people he or she wants to invite, you can hold the party in someone’s home.
But if there are more than 50 people, you’ll need to choose a bigger place. And you might have to spring for catering, too.
Tip: Whether you’re planning a birthday party with 30 or 300 guests, it will be hard to stay on top of things if you only rely on your memory. Make sure you’re documenting everything by using a spreadsheet or a planner.
Lucky for you, there are some awesome free planners online. You just need to customize one to suit your birthday planning needs.
Choosing a Date
Weekends are a good option when you’re picking out a date for the party. A lot of people don’t have work on Saturdays and Sundays, so they’d be more willing to come if invited.
Of course, it’s important you send out invitations in advance. Your guests may have weekends free, but it doesn’t mean they won’t have other plans. The earlier you can send out invitations, the better.
Plan a Birthday Party the Celebrant Will Love
The most important thing when planning a birthday party for a loved one is to put yourself in his or her shoes. Think about what theme or themes suit their personality. And from there, you can start planning the food and drinks, decorations, entertainment options, and so on.
Need More Party Planning Tips?
Now that you know the basics of how to plan a birthday party, don’t hesitate to level up your event planning skills. Who knows? It could end up being the right career for you.
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