Top tips for a great and less stressful event

Top tips for a great and less stressful event

  • Determine the number of guests. This allows you to plan your venue. Sometimes it is difficult to determine who to include. Focus on the guest of honors closest peer group and expand from there. For a child’s birthday if possible invite siblings. You can make it a gender specific or grade specific event. Once you have the guest list and venue in place the planning can begin.
  • Create a budget. Once you have a budget decide what takes priority. Is it food, decorations, entertainment…
  • Are you doing a themed party? There are a lot of resources for party ideas and tried and proven recipes and games.
  • Determine the entertainment. Will it be specific to your theme. What will your venue allow. What will the weather be.
  • Most importantly…Have a central focus that will be the heart of your event. Will it be memorable. Give your guests an experience, something that will become a treasured memory.

Remember it can be simple or extravagant but make it memorable. Be sure you don’t plan too many things for your guests.

  • Do not buy too much food. Kids don’t eat a lot at parties except for cake and ice cream. Adults often do not eat much.
  • Communication is key. Be sure that you have communicated exactly what your expectations are and that you have clear specific contracts. It makes everything run smoother when you have good communication.
  • For party favors focus on 1 specific item as opposed to a bag full of multiple items that will end up in the trash. Make the party favor reflect your event and make it something that has value.
  • Lastly and so important, if your child has a meltdown or chooses not to participate realize that it is normal. Do not try to force your child to have fun. Often parties focused on a child can be overwhelming so allow them time to sit back and observe. Let them join the fun at their pace and realize its ok! It does not mean your party failed, it just simply means your child needs a stimulation break!

 

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