The time has almost come again to throw my daughter’s birthday party, and now that it is her 4th, she is expecting more than usual and so I have begun planning earlier to be prepared. I have talked to other mothers about celebrating young children’s birthdays and so I have already horror stories and I want to keep that to a minimum. Of course, there are things out of my control that are bound to happen, but the important thing is to stay ahead and then everything tends to work out for the best.
As is the case with my daughter, her birthday is her favorite holiday and she always wants things a bit bigger and better than the year before. The last few years, I have dedicated almost the entire day to her, from birthday breakfasts to balloons, tons of presents and singers that I hired. Of course, throwing big parties like this mean I need to have my house as clean as possible, and a nice clean floor is absolutely essential since spills are bound to happen. But there are ways that I have learned from friends to keep costs at a minimum and the following tips will help you plan that next bash for your children.
Timing Is of the Essence
If you plan your party between certain hours, try to stick to that and stress that to parents bringing their kids over for the festivities. I have discovered that lunch and pre-dinner parties work the best as people are not as likely to expect a full course meal.
Stretch Planning Times
Begin preparing for the party as early as possible, ensuring that you have the time necessary to hunt down supplies and gifts without a major headache. Plus, the earlier you buy, the more you are likely to save. I sometimes search for things year-round and pick it up as I come across it, from Target to 99-cent stores.
Gone are the days of handwritten invites to gatherings. Instead, use an electronic invitation and save yourself tons on paper and time.
If you happen to have someone close to your family with a birthday around the same time, think about splitting costs and make an even bigger party at a fraction of the cost and the responsibilities.
86 the Party-Store Traps
If you see something on sale in a party store, that doesn’t mean you have to buy it or that you even need it. Instead, be strong and buy only what you need.
Use Your Network
Go through all of your contacts and find out which ones are useful for festivities and make a note to invite them or ask them to perform if they have a talent your child might enjoy. You can also try local colleges for specials on their on-campus programs.
When kids are so young, sometimes they don’t realize everything that’s going on and if your kids are not making a big deal about it, then don’t bother. After all, they have plenty of years left.