You want everything to go just right so your child’s birthday party is a hit. But can you really enjoy it if you’re stressed over every little detail? Before you suck all the fun out of party planning, take a deep breath and cut out the stress with these tips.
For some reason I always put off party planning. I’m left at the last minute to scramble finishing decorations and finalizing details. If you want a low-stress party planning experience, you have to start more than a week ahead of time. This gives you enough time to figure out what you’re doing and get together all of the components.
Make a Timeline
Along with starting early, you need to map out a timeline of what to do when. This keeps you on track and ensures you do everything you need to do before the party day. Try to get most things done before the actual day. If you’re scrambling to finish things as guests arrive, you’ll feel anything but relaxed.
Pass on the Work
Having a party at home saves you money, but it also means a lot more work for you. You have to clean before the guests arrive plus decorate, cook and plan activities. When everyone leaves, you’re left with a messy house that you have to clean again.
If the budget allows, have the party somewhere else. Choose a spot with built-in entertainment, such as a party place with bounce houses or a park with a playground. Even if you have to coordinate the activities, you cut out the cleaning aspect.
You can also cut your workload by hiring a caterer, ordering pizza or otherwise letting someone else handle the food prep. Ask for help from other adults if you’re hosting the party at home. Assign each person a different task so you can relax a little more and enjoy the party.
Keep It Low Key
You don’t have to throw the biggest or most extravagant party to make your child happy. A low key party reduces your stress and saves you money. Cut back on the guest list so you don’t have as many kids to entertain. Plan only a few simple activities instead of a full entertainment schedule. If it feels like the party is spiraling out of control, step back and find ways to simplify.