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List : Kids Party Planning Checklist

Posted by on May. 7, 2007 at 5:17 AM
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Question: What part of birthday parties gives you the most anxiety?


The decor

The activities and entertainment

The food

the kids and them running wild

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Party planning is like a marathon.  It’s good for you & it can be fun but if you don’t do it right you can get seriously injured. (Alright, so I’ve never seen someone actually collapse from exhaustion from planning a 3 year old’s Chuckey Cheese Birthday, but at the end of the day, with cake smeared pants and confetti coming from, only God knows where, you darn well feel like it .) Yet, there is a light at the end of the sugar- hyped tunnel.  There is a key to unlock the magic door of Party bliss (or avoiding total party meltdown). Ready? …. Preparation.  I know, that ugly word my mother overused, the one word that shows me I am truly turning into my mother, Preparation…. .  I don’t like it, so let’s get to the point:  Great parties don’t happen by accident, it takes planning. Realizing that I have a lot more birthday parties to throw in my future, I sat at the feet of a few people who do it well. Here’s what I learned.  Bad news: Parties take planning and planning means lists.  Good news: I hate lists, so I’ll keep it as short as possible. 

Party CountdownThe Plan: 8 weeks before

Finalize guest list

Estimate your party budgetBook your entertainer:

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Set party date and Time

Find Location

Select a theme

The Guests: 7 weeks before           

If you’re going to, Hire a caterer               

Create and send RSVP’s               

Decide activities & goody bags, then purchase necessary items.                               

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Take Stock: 6 weeks before

Plan your party menu

Take inventory of table wear, place settings and décor.  Acquire what you lack.

Order any party rental equipment.

The Home stretch: Five days before               

Call to confirm your caterer and entertainment               

Buy Piñata and Fillers               

Order cake or make and freeze one.

Three days before

Hit the grocery store for snacks, mini juice boxes, food and drinks for adults and paper goods. Don’t forget: ice, birthday candles, extra garbage bags and paper towels.

Two days before               

Wrap presents               

Pack up the goody bags               

Take care of camera and video equipment : batteries, memory, film.                Mentally run through itinerary, make sure you have more than enough to fill the time.

1 day before               

Restock 1st aide kit               

Assemble cake or cupcakes               

Put up décor and set a place for gifts               

Set up craft supplies and games               

HINT: IF you’re serving ice cream, pre-scoop it into cupcake liners and freeze until cake time

The Big Day!           

Tie balloons to mailbox or front door               

Pick up cake               

Place cake accessories are in a handy spot               

Chill drinks in cooler               

Relax, smile and have a good time.

by on May. 7, 2007 at 5:17 AM
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