1 – Pick a Date & Time:
Make sure it works for the grandparents and best friend, wouldn’t want them to miss it. Also, timing is key…for toddler’s think about planning an earlier party so that it ends just before their afternoon nap; whereas for older kids, afternoon parties are best.
2 – Set a Budget:
Before you start planning, set a budget and STICK TO IT. When you start thinking decorations, food, cake, party favors – it all starts toadd up quickly. By setting a clear budget, it will help you decide what is really important.
3 – Send Invitations a Few Weeks Ahead:
Again, timing is key…if you send the invitations out too early, parents tend to forget and if you send the invitations too late, many won’t be able to make it. Rule of thumb is 2-4 weeks.
4 – Serve Kid’s Favorites:
Keep it simple, you can never go wrong with kid’s favorites (pizza, hot dogs, chips, etc.)
5 – Keep the Party Short:
Younger children tire out from all the excitement after about 1 ½ hours and older children (and parents) after about 2-3 hours.