If planning your child’s birthday party is stressing you out, step back, take a breath, and then follow these simple steps. With some preplanning, your children’s birthday party will be a rousing success!

ChildrensBirthdayPartyOutdoorsHave a Game Plan. 
The key to a successful birthday party is in the planning. Make a to-do list to save you from the mental drain of trying to juggle tasks by memory. It will remove stress and break party planning down into small easy to complete steps.  

Team Up With Your Child for Planning.
Start with talking with your child and make them part of the party planning process. Children as young as three can help with their preferences for the party theme and activities. It will be more fun for everyone when the party reflects the guest of honor.

Decide on a Reasonable Number of Guests.
A common rule of thumb is to invite the same number of guests as your child’s age. Think that’s too small? Consider the venue and plan accordingly. Be sure to consider your child’s temperament as well – will they enjoy a smaller or larger party?

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Keep Invitations Simple.
Printed invitations are wonderful – but if electronic invitations work better for you, go for it. 

Set an End Time.
Always err on the side of a shorter party and be sure to write a specific end time on the invitation. As children get older, most parents will expect to drop off kids and pick them up at the end of the party. If you’d like some adult help, be sure to arrange it ahead of time.

Have a Plan B for Outdoor Parties.
If you’re planning an outdoor party, have a plan for inclement weather. You just never know what weather these beautiful mountains will give you – so have an inside plan just in case. 

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Ask for RSVPs but Don’t Worry About the Stragglers.
It’s handy to know exactly how many people are going to show up at your child’s party, but a few RSVPs are bound to get lost in the hustle bustle of family life. Plan on a few extra attendees and don’t worry about it.

Stick to Simple Games or Activities.
Simple games like hide and seek, or tag are as popular today as they were when we were little. For older kids, add variations to make it more challenging. Piñatas are always a hit! For some children, an activity or craft is more up their alley. Pick something simple that your child will have fun with but that is easy to clean up.

Consider the Time of Day when Planning Food.
If you enjoy creating a full food spread, go for it! Schedule the party for close to a mealtime. If the idea of feeding everyone stresses you or your budget then schedule a time mid-day or after dinner. 

Simplify the Décor BirthdayPartyDecor
It’s amazing how far balloons, streamers, or tissue paper balls go toward creating a festive atmosphere. A festive party atmosphere can be created in just minutes with plates, napkins, a disposable tablecloth, and a couple of decorations.

Make a List and Check it Twice!
Use your list to help all the pieces fall into place. Order any food ahead of time and be sure to verify the delivery date, time, and place! Pick up party supplies ahead of time… or call ahead and have supplies and balloons set aside for you to pick up the day of the party. 

Don’t Forget to Enjoy!
After planning ahead and getting ready ahead of time, relax and enjoy! Focus on what’s important – making memories and enjoying time with family and friends. Don’t stress about the rest! What your child will remember most about their birthday party is how it felt to be loved and celebrated.