Okay. So it’s that time of year again to start planning your child’s next birthday party. Of course you want the party to be fun and memorable for everyone who is in attendance. After all, this is an important day to you, your child, and your family. But how do you throw a party that is amazing without getting stressed out and worn down during the process?
As a mom of both a 19-year-old and a 9-year-old, I’ve thrown my share of parties. And although these parties usually went off without a hitch (or at least, a hitch that no one saw), I learned that most of the stress I put myself under was not necessary. Throwing a kid’s birthday party can actually be fun and drama-free!
Here are my six tips for throwing a kid’s birthday party without the stress:
1. Take Yourself Out of the Equation
Children, especially young ones, don’t notice every detail like you think they do. Usually when we are trying to make things perfect, it’s more about US than the kids. Take yourself out of the equation, and center the party on your child, not you. Your child doesn’t care if it’s perfect; she cares about the party itself: the fun factor, the friends, and of course, the presents. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. Create a Budget Early (and stick to it)
Sit down and make a budget before booking a venue, ordering food, etc. A budget will help you not overspend and keep the birthday party within your means. Utilize a spreadsheet or template to help you factor in everything involved, and when budgeting, see tip #1. You will thank yourself for doing so later.
3. Keep It Simple
As parents, we want the grandest, most lavish party available, but in reality, kids just want to have fun. Keep it simple. Have the party at the park or in the backyard. If you have more than one child, let them be a part of it by helping to make decorations and décor.
4. Party Somewhere Else
I enjoy throwing birthday parties in my home, but man, are they work! Putting up all of the decorations, making all of the food, and then cleaning up afterwards can add to your stress level. If you can, select a party at a location or venue that will do the work for you.
5. Ask For Help
Don’t do it alone. Work as a team with your spouse or significant other, or ask your family members for help. They too want to be a part of your child’s special day, and you’d be surprised how many people want to help make the party a success.
6. Online Invitations
Instead of stressing out over invitations (printing, classroom distribution, etc.), create an online invite. Send emails to each parent with the link of the invite, which can allow for easy RSVP’ing.
Birthday parties are a fun way to celebrate your child. Utilize these tips to help make your next shindig a stress-free affair!