A birthday party is supposed to be a fun occasion. It should be about creating happy memories for your child and everyone that attends. It should also be enjoyable to plan. You want to look back on this time with fond memories of doing something nice for someone you love, not wish that it is all over so you can get beyond the stress of it all. Rather than let the planning overtake your life, take a few simple steps to prioritize and think about what is really important and what your child would really enjoy.
It seems that parents today have an awful lot of expectations for what is acceptable for a children’s birthday party. Huge catered events with rented entertainment in the back yard and a gigantic guest list seems to be becoming the norm. While it might be fun to go to an event like that, it is typically a nightmare to plan. Add that to the fact that most kids don’t really appreciate the extra work because they would be just as happy with something that didn’t make you stressed, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The first step is to be realistic. Think of your child and what they want. This is not an occasion to show off, but rather one for you to celebrate with family and friends.You can put together a fantastic birthday party and maintain your sanity. Think of the things that you like to do together and create a party around that activity as a theme. Classic arcade games, laser tag, or pizza parties can all be a blast to do and as a theme. When you know you are putting together an event that is sure to be fun, you will find more enjoyment in planning it.
Also, remember to start the planning stages plenty of time before the party. This alone can greatly help reduce stress. Starting early means that you have enough time to consider options, do research, and start the process. By doing things in stages, the overall task keeps from becoming overwhelming. You can start by spend an afternoon brainstorming with your kid to see what fun ideas he has and collaborate to find something really great for the special day.
Of course, one of the best ways to cut the stress out of planning a birthday party is to find an all-inclusive venue. Look for a place that has entertainment, endless food and drinks, games, prizes, and everything you need all under one roof. That means that you don’t have to spend the days before the party sprucing the house and yard and trying to find extra chairs and tables for everyone, or the day after the party cleaning up everything. The venue handles all of the messy boring parts and all you have to handle are the fun details, like the invite list and cake. All you do is have a blast with your child and go home at the end of the day. It doesn’t get more stress free than that.