Birthday Party Tips — the Talking Birthday Package
Having worked as a full-time birthday party package for the last 25 years at over 2,500 birthday parties in people’s homes and party places. I think I know a few things about birthday parties for kids 1 to 100..
From intimate events to extravagant affairs, birthday parties can be lots of fun for everyone. But if you have never planned one, where do you start?
Funny you should ask. Here are some ideas that will help make your party special without breaking the piggy bank. If you follow a few guidelines it will be easy to do. These tips are good for belated happy birthday celebrations too.
Party Date and Time
The first thing you need to decide on is a date and time. Most people want to have their happy birthday party on a weekend afternoon. This is a good time for a party, but many times it interferes with other activities such as soccer games, family outings, other birthday parties, etc. Also, the best entertainers usually fill their weekend schedules first. If you want to have the party on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, plan as far in advance as you can.
Saturday mornings are becoming more popular because that time interferes with fewer activities, and when the party is over, the rest of the day is free. Weekdays, however, are becoming the most popular party days. Weekday parties are not only a great way to break up the week, but also leave your weekends free for other activities.
Plan a few dates that you would like to have the party. Check your child’s activity schedule to be sure it doesn’t interfere with the party. Also make sure most of your child’s friends can make it to the party. Call the entertainer you want at the party and check their schedule and decide on a date and time (see Entertainment below).
The typical birthday party lasts two hours. If you plan on 15 minutes at the beginning of the party for late arrivals and 45 minutes for birthday cake and opening presents, that leaves a full hour you must fill with other activities and entertainment.
Decide on a Theme
You don’t need a theme, but it will often help make planning easier. If your daughter’s favorite things at the moment are Dalmatians, theme the party around them. If your son’s passion is Harry Potter, you have your theme. Others use baseball, soccer, football, ballet, Dino, princess, and many other ideas.
As far as themes go, don’t worry that everything at the party must fit the theme. A few decorations are fine, a cake is great, but there is no need to stress-out because you can’t find an entertainer that does a Star Wars show to fit your theme. Remember that a party should be fun for everyone, including the planner. For ideas checkout this section Age based themes.
This is a place where your theme should begin. Themed invitations will let everyone know the theme before they even get to the party. It is also a subtle suggestion of gift ideas for those who don’t have any idea what to get. Make sure you get the invitations out a minimum of three weeks before the party to give parents time to plan