Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party

With an emphasis on fun rather than perfection, planning your child's birthday party can actually be a great way moms can create memories with your kids.

I started a good two months early planning my child’s birthday party. And here’s what I determined.

The good

Planning your child’s birthday party is a lot of work. But in the end it’s well worth it to see that little face light up while playing and basking in the celebration of their special day. #ParentWin

The bad

Birthday parties can be expensive, messy, and stressful. It’s easy to get sucked into comparing yourself with other moms and their amazing Pinterest masterpieces, but reverse that vacuum and just don’t. Do your own thing, on your budget, on your schedule. Your kid will love you and likely won’t cross-check Pinterest to score your party planning skills. Give that party from the heart, period.

The ugly

My child’s birthday falls right after the holidays, so I turn into freak-mom around Thanksgiving trying to plan the trifecta of holidays plus a birthday party. This year’s dilemma was when to send invitations. Before or after Christmas break. I opted for before with a reminder after. The birthday is not ugly. It’s the whirlwind and traps you can fall into that are ugly.

With an emphasis on fun rather than perfection, planning your child's birthday party can actually be a great way moms can create memories with your kids.

Disclaimer:  I am a mom. That’s my experience.

I’m a working mom with a few kid birthday parties under my belt and just wrapped up another one. If you’re a new mom, or you’ve yet to venture into children’s birthday party planning, here are a few tips to get you started:

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  • Plan early. If you’re having your child’s birthday off-site, meaning not at your house, lock in your ideal date. In our town, if you want to have your birthday party at the main fire station, you have to book out six months to a year. While I realize kids can change their minds on their “favorite things” every five minutes, it will save your sanity if you can check location off your to-do list as location is at the core of birthday party planning.
  • Pick a theme. This isn’t mandatory, but your child likely favors something on repeat to infinity, admit it. Like “Paw Patrol,” “Sheriff Callie,” TMNT, or Frozen. By choosing a theme, you can begin to build your party around it, such as party favors, plates/decorations, invitations, etc.
  • Attendee list. If you’re having the party at a public place, chances are you’ll be restricted to a certain number of guests. It’s a good idea to budget for the number you want to invite and narrow down party locale choices based on how many guests are allowed. This will also help you determine number of supplies needed and size of cake/number of cupcakes, etc.
  • Party favors. If you’ve picked a theme for your child’s party, party favors should be fairly simple. Simply pick favors that incorporate the theme, such as Batman yo-yo’s or Elsa pencils and erasers. Your local party store should have options to choose from, or just check out eBay or Etsy.
  • Etsy. This is literally my favorite place to shop. To make your child’s birthday special, you can find customized invitations, favors, decorations, shirts, etc. I’m a fan of supporting small businesses, and you will do just that if you purchase from a crafter on Etsy. This is the best place to shop if you want to find unique items for your child’s birthday party.

With an emphasis on fun rather than perfection, planning your child's birthday party can actually be a great way moms can create memories with your kids.

The big thing about planning your child’s birthday party is to not stress. Enjoy it and have fun with your kids. You will make some priceless memories for them and you.

4 thoughts on “Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party

  1. I feel your pain. My daughter’s birthday is in early December. When to send the invitations (everyone is focused on Thanksgiving and then Christmas) and the ideal weekend to try and squeeze it in before Christmas are always biggies in our house. So, yes, plan ahead!

  2. My son’s birthday party is coming up, and we want to make sure that he has a memorable day. As you said, if we plan to have his party at a different location, it’s important to lock in the ideal date in advance. Thanks for sharing these tips to help us with the party planning process!

  3. Thank you for pointing out that when you have a birthday party you get to see your kids face light up. My son is turning 5 and we are wanting to find the right place to hold his party. I’ll have to do some research and find the best party event in the area.

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