Planning a kid birthday party for one of your kiddos? I have my middle daughter’s party with her friends this weekend, so I’m right in the middle of the craziness. I thought I should share with you some of my tips and tricks. 😉
First of all, you should begin party planning 4-6 weeks ahead of time in order to not have WAY too much to do that last week. Like all things, a little planning and discipline will make your life so much easier. For example, instead of having 8 things to do in one week, you could have 2 things to do each week for 4 weeks. You would feel a lot less overwhelmed, don’t you think?
Second, use Pinterest to get a variety ideas on your chosen theme. If it’s not your goal to be the next party that everyone else copies, it’s okay to be the one who copies everyone else! Focus your creativity on what you love and what you’re good at, and use other people’s ideas for the rest. I am NOT crafty or artistic, so I like to create a Pinterest board of everything that I think looks cool…then weed out everything that is going to be too hard or time consuming.
Third, leave no more than decorating and food prep for the last week before the party. It is easy to underestimate how long these things could take, or how busy your week may become with other things. For me, I have a heavy work week the week of my daughter’s party, so I’m super glad that I have done some of the work ahead of time.
I created a simple checklist to help keep on track. You can use this checklist for the next kid birthday party you’re planning to keep on top of your to-do list as well. I like a checklist that lays out how far ahead I should begin each task so I don’t feel overwhelmed the week of the party (or worse, the day before!)
Click the link below to download your copy of this checklist!
Happy party planning!