This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you have seen our birthday parties posted here in the past, you know that we've done a LOT of parties (and many of them still not published here on the blog yet). If you haven't seen them yet, you need to. Here's a few fun themes we have posted in the past: Pirate Birthday party, Circus Birthday party, Little Red Riding Hood party, Princess Sofia Birthday Party, etc. Anyway…you get the idea. Here at motherniche.com, we like to party! One thing I really want to stress is that YOUR parties don't have to look like ours, or anyone else's on Pinterest for that matter. They can be big and detailed, or they can be simple and chill. Just do what's YOU. And your kid will love it no matter what. BUT! If you ARE planning a birthday party, whatever kind it may be, there are a few tips that will keep you more organized.
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- Pick a theme and colors. Whether you go big, or keep things simple you really should have a theme and color scheme. This will make everything look better and it will be easier to pick things out. I love that now a days you can even get your candies in the colors you need. I was so happy when I saw the Birthday parties with Hersheys display at Wal-Mart this summer!
- Set a Budget. If you don't do this, you are almost guaranteed to go over. There's so much fun stuff out there, and it all adds up faster than you would think. Set a budget and then start pricing things out to make sure your budget is realistic. If you need to readjust it, that is fine, but make sure you aren't just flying by the seat of your pants on this one or you will spend way more than you want to. Make sure everything makes it on this list: invites, decorations, games, favors and treats, think of it all!
- Prioritize what's most important. Are you the type that centers your whole party around the masterpiece birthday cake that you made yourself, or are the party games more important to you? Maybe the decorations and overall presentation are number one. Whatever those things are, make a list and prioritize everything so that you know where to put your most time and energy. For me, I would rather not spend 10+ hours on the cake when I can just buy one that looks way better. But that's just me. So cake is on the bottom of the priority list for my time. What's bigger for me, are the little surprises I like to do throughout the day to lead up to the party. My husband recently had a birthday, and I delivered things to his classroom several times throughout the day. Here's just one of them: Birthday kisses to last all day long! These are the things we both remember. For my daughters, it's waking up to a bunch of balloons on their bedroom floor!
- Start BUYING stuff a month ahead of time. Trust me, this will save you a lot of frustration and stress. The week before should be left for fine-tuning the details, not running to the store for a certain color of candies.
- Start Prepping at least a week before. Start buying your stuff at least a month out in case you need to get stuff online, but start preparing it a week before. No one wants a frenzied mom the day before and during the party. Pick the things that can be done ahead of time (favors, etc.) and get them done and out-of-the-way. And just in case you're wondering, yes, those are birthday cake kisses in the photo below (new discovery for me)!
- Set stuff out the day/night before. You are going to have enough to think about the day of the actual party, save yourself some stress by setting up ahead of time as much as you can.
- Delegate where you can. Everything will be much more enjoyable all around if you are running a one-man show! Get a friend to help with party games, or have some of the moms help serve ice cream and cake.
- Don't Forget to Take Pictures! Sometimes you can get so stressed out over the details of the party, that you forget the most important part: Saving the memories! Your kids will want to look back on this special time in the years ahead, so get good documentation of it all!
- Have fun and make memories. Rather than just “babysitting” the party, try to get involved and make memories with the kids. Laugh with them, play with them and get on their level! This might end up being the most meaningful way you can give on your child's birthday. They will love that you know their friends and want to take joy in the little things that make them happy.
- Don't compare. As with everything else in motherhood, don't compare your party with the party of another mom. Comparison is the thief of joy! For some moms, putting on parties is their life, and they take joy in every little decoration and detail, for other moms, a birthday party is the last thing they want to do, and every effort at doing so is a great act of love. Just remember, you are putting on a part for your kid, not other adults. It doesn't take much to make kids happy 🙂