Are you looking through birthday party themes because you want to make the event extra special? Are you looking for something different but don’t know where to start? What you really need is a handy four-step guide to help you with this problem, but where are you going to find something like that at this hour? No need to wish upon a star, or feverishly rub that Egyptian lamp you bought in the antique store. Behold, the text that you seek.
This four step guide will help you plan the perfect event by introducing you to various theme options, connecting with your guests, organizing your priorities and supplies, and making the big day enjoyable for all, including yourself. In Casa Gifts is now offering a great selection of birthday party decorations, themes, supplies – everything from table runners to favors, party straws to great birthday party favors.
Step One, Decide on One of the Birthday Party Themes
The first step in planning a birthday party is to pick a theme! This will set the mood of the party with matching décor, backdrops, awesome birthday party favors and maybe even a pony (Warning: Cleaning up after a pony is a nightmare). Or maybe skip the pony, it’s up to you.
In any case, your decision on a theme must be made before you can get started on your list of supplies and decorations. This is an important decision as almost every decision thereafter will be influenced by this first big step. There are many age appropriate themes to choose from with ideas coming from:
- favourite pastimes
- TV and movies
- food and beverages
- princes and princesses
- and much, much more!
Birthday party décor, favors, and decorations can be basic, elegant, relaxed and fun, and can even be based on a single favourite colour (or even a few complimentary colours). They can be as extravagant or as simple as your imagination and budget will allow, plus are widely available, although you’ll often find the best selection online. Yes, you can find birthday party favors for children off all ages…including adults! (Check out our ideas here!)
For you crafty DIYer’s out there who want to save some money (and you know who you are), there’s a nearly endless supply of great DIY decorating ideas, so unleash your inner Martha Stewart and get crafting. You know you want to.
Once you’ve decided on your theme and it’s met with the approval of the birthday boy or girl (assuming it’s not a surprise party), you can move on to step two.
Step Two, Select Your Birthday Party Invitations
Once you’ve decided on your theme (and date), it’s time to get those invitations out. Depending on your guest list, you may want to consider something a little more formal than a text message or email.
You could head down to your local store, and buy some blank invitations to fill out by hand. But better still is to save time and money by shopping online where you’ll find a large selection of options.
Either way, filling out invitations by hand has a real personal quality to it. For an informal event, you can text, tweet, Facebook message, and email to your heart’s content. Obviously, you know your guests best so the decision is yours to make.
Step Three, Making Your List and Checking it Twice
Everyone needs a list, right? This is an important step in making sure nothing gets missed, omitted or forgotten along the way.
Your list should include all the supplies you will need to serve your guests, like plates, cutlery, napkins, and cups. Make sure you get more than you need as you don’t want to come up short in this area. A good rule of thumb is to buy 20% more than you think you’ll need.
Don’t forget to include the decorations on your list too. Items like table runners, skirting, table cloths, birthday party favors, centrepieces, table confetti, name tags and straws, plus any other table décor that you fancy, should be itemized so they don’t get overlooked. Birthday party décor such as banners, signage, streamers, and balloons should also have a home on this list if they are appropriate for the party.
Food and beverages find their own category on this list and there are a few options that you may want to consider based on the size of the gathering and your budget. A smaller, intimate event remains pretty manageable when juggling your hosting duties and socializing with your guests, but what do you do for a larger group event? Panic? No. Well, maybe a little.
However, here are two better options. For a large group, have the celebration catered. Yes, this will cost you a few dollars but it may be worth it for your sanity. Catering can be less costly than you think, and you’ll benefit from their expertise in preparing a great spread for so many people. This will ensure that your guests will be well-fed and happy.
If your finances don’t allow for this option, consider recruiting a team of friends and family members to help out with the food preparation, serving, and cleanup. This will help you keep your sanity and still have a chance to enjoy the celebration. Keep in mind this last option is kind of like a social contract, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and return the favour when these people come to you needing a hand with their own celebrations.
Step Four, Enjoy the Party!
Every detail has been looked after and the guests are having a great time, and so should you! Remember to take the time to have fun, mingle with your guests and have a glass or two of your favourite beverage. The hard work’s behind you and you should enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Recap of the Four Steps to Incorporating Birthday Party Themes, Favor, and Décor into Your Planning Process
By following this four-step planning guide, your guests will enjoy a great experience and you get to keep your sanity. That’s a good deal. Remember to start with selecting your theme, send out those invitations, put together your list of supplies, birthday party décor, favors, food and beverages. Check over this list twice to make sure nothing has been missed. Finally, consider either catering or recruiting a team of helpers to make this event go off without a hitch. Happy planning!