Ducks 'n a Row: Plan The Perfect Birthday Party With These Tips

18 October 2013

Plan The Perfect Birthday Party With These Tips

Celebrating a birthday is always fun, but it is particularly fun with a party.  However, planning these festivities can be overwhelming with all that it is required.  Fortunately, anyone can plan the picture perfection party with these helpful tips.

Determine a Theme
First, in order to make decisions about the party, you need a theme.  This will help you design custom banners, choose decorations, and select invitations.  The theme will depend on the specific person whose birthday is being celebrated.  For example, if you are celebrating a 10-year-old boy, it might be fun to have a sports theme.  However, if you are celebrating an older female, a different theme may be needed.  Keep in mind themes can be extremely specific or very general.  Some people simply choose to have a color scheme for their birthday party.

Select the Guests
Next, select the people who you want to attend the party.  This could be a large number of people or a small number of people.  The amount of people you invite does not indicate whether or not the party will be a success.  Instead, it changes the atmosphere of the party.  For example, a smaller party is more intimate.  On the other hand, a larger party can be more fun and interactive.  Once you know whom you are inviting, you can send out invitations.

Surprise or Not

Many birthday parties are surprise parties.  However, a birthday party does not have to be a surprise to be a great party.  Generally, surprises are more fun for milestone years – 16, 30, 40, 50, and 70.  However, it’s always fun to catch someone off guard with a surprise.  Just make sure they are the right person for a surprise.  Some people get embarrassed and shy.  Others do not like the attention.  If you do plan a surprise party, make sure that you keep it a secret.  You can easily ruin the surprise by leaving the invitations out or talking too loud about it on your phone.              

Decorate for the Party
Furthermore, no party is complete without decorations.  There are several different things you can do to make the party look fun and festive.  In fact, many of the following are great decorative elements:
  • Food displayed on nice serving trays
  • Candy in jars
  • Colored paper goods
  • Balloons
  • Vinyl banner
  • Flowers
  • Candles
  • Picture frames
When decorating, try to add a few of these details to make your birthday party look special.  Make sure to coordinate them with the theme of the party and the location.  In addition, consider adding personal elements to the d├ęcor that help honor the person being celebrated.

Plan the Menu
Finally, one of the main activities at every birthday party is eating.  
Therefore, it will be important for you to plan the menu for the party.  
You can serve a full meal, appetizers, or dessert.  Try not to over-stress about what you serve. However, if people are bringing gifts, make sure to serve them something nice as a thank you for coming and for bringing a gift.  

While planning a party can be overwhelming, it can be much easier with these provided tips.  Good luck!

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Photo credits:
First photo ... birthday items by Pixabay
Second photo....Golden 50 by Salvatore Vuono Freedigital photos
Third photo... balloons by Pixabay
Final photo...birthday cake by roland on Flickr Creative Commons

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