My daughter’s birthday is in July. Every year, so far, come April I start to get this crazy anxiety about how to give her the perfect party. I always let her pick a theme. She never picks anything common where I could just walk in Party City and purchase a cute party pack and be on my way. Everything about her is unique and so are her birthday themes. So, if you go crazy over things that shouldn’t be such a big deal, Ima give you a few tips that have helped me tremendously. It’s called early preparation, so party day is a breeze.
First – Set a Budget. DO NOT GO BROKE OVER A BIRTHDAY! DO NOT COMPARE OR TRY TO PLAY KEEP UP WITH THE JONES’. A party is cake, sometimes ice cream and play. That doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For me, our family budget is $1,000.00. That is it, with gifts and party included.
Second – Don’t do everything at once. Start homemade crafts a month early. Plan your menu and order your cake a month ahead of time. It also helps with the budget because there are NO last-minute impulse buys. Prep food the night before the party and keep it simple. I don’t try to please parents at kid parties. Sure, they can eat but the menu is not for them. Rather the party is at a place, at home or the park. Our menus are strictly KID FRIENDLY! (Sorry, I personally feel alcohol at children parties are a huge NO NO. Besides it being tacky, think of the safety of the children. You pour the parents drinks, then in a few hours send innocent children home with them in a car! Nothing about it makes sense. I don’t hate a lot of things, but I HATE seeing people do this)
Third – Every parent needs to know about Oriental Trading Company. It is an awesome resource for bulk buys like piñata stuffers and the gift bags you give away. Almost all of our give away gifts come from that site. Why, because the prices can’t be beat. Also, Etsy has the greatest homemade invites, party snacks & treats. If you like unique things that will set your party apart from the last party, check the site out. I guarantee you will fall in love. Plus, when you mix in their beautiful homemade treats, other moms will assume you made them and envy your homemaking skills. (I guess I just told on myself.) Hey, I’m realistic. I can’t always be the black Martha Stewart. Momma gets tired! Also, the Dollar Store for plates, cups, napkins, table cloths, thank you cards and crafts. (Much cheaper than Party City.)
Fourth – If everyone can have a seat, everyone will be comfortable. Sure, everyone won’t sit all at once but in case they would like to, make sure you have enough seating. This means if they do NOT RSVP, check in just to make sure. ALSO, BUY WATER, A LOT OF WATER. No matter what other beverage you serve WATER is the most important.
Fifth – Most importantly, pick a reliable friend or friends to take pictures. Everyone has great camera phones now anyway, so ask them to use them and email the pictures. So, you can have fun and stay in the moment with your child! When it’s over, all we have are memories.
Save money by skipping buying expensive balloons. Kids just pop them, and they are only good for a day. Instead, buy a pack of balloons, blow them up and put them on the floor for the kids to play with and grab 20 balloons from the dollar store. $20 and sometimes they last longer!
Smile, enjoy and don’t stress. At the end of the day, kids don’t care or know if everything isn’t perfect. All they know are their friends are there, they are having fun and there is a cake! LOL