Birthdays are major life events and, as a parent, you want to celebrate in the best way. Planning a birthday party can be a stressful process. Here are five tips that I love to help you plan a less stress birthday party that you can enjoy.
- Plan the party for a non-meal time…unless you really like to cook and want to spend the time and money to cook a meal for the party guests. 2:00PM is a great time to start a birthday party because it is after lunch and before dinner. Typically, I have a few snacky foods, like chips and dip or fruit, and then we just do cake and ice cream. I am not a fan of cooking for larger groups, so this is the perfect time for us to have guests
- Start for the party to start about 30 minutes to an hour after your kiddos wakes from nap time. Your kiddo will still be in a good mood and you’ll have enough time to feed them a decent meal before the party and cake happen. My daughter gets quite a few hours between her nap and bedtime, so she can usually make it through a 2:00PM party.
- If you are planning to do activities at the party, they should be appropriate for the guest of honor. You shouldn’t spend time planning something that the birthday kiddo doesn’t get to do. It just makes more work for you if you have to entertain your kiddo, while trying to do planned activities.
- If you can host the party outside, DO IT! This means you don’t have to spend the time to deep clean your house for a bunch of guests to make it messy again. I am not a fan of cleaning, so this is a HUGE win for me.
- Do one BIG party. I’m personally not into having multiple parties to celebrate one event. We have a huge family on both sides, but we only ever have one celebration per life event. It means we have a lot of people in our house, but I only have to prepare one time, which makes my life much easier. This goes for having a “friend” party for older kiddos, too.
Hopefully, these tips will help you plan a less stress birthday party for your kiddo. Enjoy!