Party planning can be stressful because clients always want their events to be perfect. Well, birthday party planning is even more stressful because clients are even more particular about how they want these parties. Birthday party planning can be a wild but beautiful beast if you can pull it off. Here are some tips about how best to insure an amazing party.
• Make a List, Check it Thrice
Many birthday party planners think themselves above using a list. They’ve knocked some awesome birthday parties out of the park and they’ve got a good memory, so what’s the point in making a list, right? Wrong! We cannot stress how important it is to make a list no matter how confident you are in your planning skills. It holds yourself accountable and documents everything that may slip past your mind. A list can also help you set small, achievable goals before reaching the end goal.
• Talk Money
Sure, no one wants to talk money right off the bat but it is necessary if you want the birthday party to go well. Once you know what someone’s willing to spend, you can budget and plan what’s possible within that budget. Do not rent a giant bounce house, a tiger, and a whole circus if the budget is only a couple-hundred dollars.
• Time and Place
Knowing the time and place of the event ahead of time can make for a smoother and more cohesive experience. Birthday party planning further solidifies this point in our mind. For instance, you don’t want to plan games that are an outside only affair if the birthday party takes place in the evening. Also, whether it’s at someone’s house, a public park or banquet hall, each willrequire a different approach. It’s best to get these details hashed out from the beginning so you don’t have to rework plans that are not compatible with the time and/or place.
• Good Eats
Let’s face it, some people are just going to show up for the food. The food at your birthday party can’t be bad or no one will want you to plan their birthday parties. At the same time, the food can’t be too messy or the clean-up is going to be a sticky affair. When it is about choosing foods that are best utilized for the location and event; children’s parties in a backyard will require delicious finger foods.But a fancy birthday party at a banquet hall will require a more sophisticated touch. Anticipate the needs of the party and each individual guest.
Finally, birthday planning can make for a stressful experience if you’re not prepared. Thankfully, by using the hints and tips listed above, you should be able to throw a great birthday party without a hitch (or at least not too many hitches). Now, get your birthday party planning shoes on and make a fun, memorable experience for everyone involved!