Every parent will eventually be tasked with planning and executing a kid’s birthday party at some point. Even those lucky enough to be in a relationship with an event-planning genius need to be prepared in case their partner gets tied up with another commitment. And winging it isn’t a good idea because you could easily go way over budget or find yourself faced with a guest who has a severe allergy you weren’t expecting.
Check out these seven tips to help ensure a smooth and memorable birthday party.
1. Budget your time and money
Before you get too carried away with any ideas of throwing the ultimate party you never got to experience as a child, figure out how much time and money you can commit to a party. If booking a venue is a reasonable expense, start looking into reservations as soon as you can. Popular party spots can book up well in advance and you don’t want to end up scrambling. The nice thing about locations that specialize in parties is they take care of most of the planning for you. Just know they can be costly.
For those with a more limited budget, an at-home party is going to be the best option. Party supplies can actually be pretty cheap if you stick to basics like balloons and streamers.