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5 Tips to Plan a Stress-Free Birthday Party

My little just celebrated his third birthday a few days ago and his party was spectacular! I was so pleased with how everything turned out. With every party thrown, it seems to become easier and easier. Here are my top 5 tips on throwing a stress-free birthday party (or any family-type celebration).

birthday boy
birthday boy
birthday boy, birthday card
birthday boy, cupcake

1. No One will ever care the way you do

I was going to save this tip for the end, but honestly, this is probably the most important tip to alleviate stress. The sooner you realize that no one cares as much about the little things as you do, the easier everything becomes. It took me many years to apply this tip but at the end of the day, it’s the truth. Your guests are there to celebrate a special occasion, not just to critique your decor or food. I’m not saying don’t put your heart and soul into the details, but just make peace with the fact that you will be the only one to truly appreciate them.

2. Pick a Theme and Stick to it.

Okay, so now that we’ve realized this party is primarily for us and our littles satisfaction, we can move on to picking a theme. Every year I ask my boys what type of party they want at least two months in advance. This year, my baby wanted a dinosaur party. So that is what he got. Don’t be afraid to search for ideas on Pinterest but know your limits. Not everything on Pinterest is realistic. Choose games and activities that you already have at the house. For this last party, we had a kiddie pool, water guns, and water balloons to combat the heat. Having fun doesn’t have to be planned or cost an arm and a leg. Which brings us to tip number 3!

3. Set a Budget

We use to stress ourselves out about how much we would spend on just simple birthday decorations. Then I discovered Oriental Trading Company. This website completely changed the game! They have just about any theme you come up with, from baby showers to weddings to dinosaur birthday parties. Most of their items come in bulk and are completely affordable. I was able to get all the birthday decor, gift bags, and goodies for around $50. Which left me enough money to spend on cake and snacks. Their shipping is fairly quick and if you spend over a certain amount it is usually free. Or you can search the internet for a coupon code. Here are a few other places that provide budget-friendly birthday party items: Dollar Tree, Amazon, Walmart. I usually get all of my food, including the birthday cake, from Walmart. (Mostly because that is the closest grocery store to us.) And Walmart bakery has really hit it out of the park with their cakes the past few I’ve bought from them. Everyone complimented how delicious it was and were genuinely shocked when they found out where it came from. So don’t rule out simple grocery store treats.

dinosaur cake, cupcakes
dino bones, chocolate covered pretzels
herbivores, veggie tray
t-rex claws, bugles
dino eggs, grapes

4. Utilize Social Media

Nowadays, everyone has Facebook, Instagram, e-mail, or even a cell phone with an unlimited text plan. (Showing my age, aren’t I?) Don’t be afraid to set up an event and invite people via these methods. I haven’t sent out physical invitations in years and not a single person has complained or questioned it. We live in a technologically advanced world. Be apart of it. Just don’t leave out anyone that isn’t apart of said world. (My grandparents just aren’t on board and that’s okay. A phone call simply does the trick.)

5. Have Fun

You think this would go without saying but a lot of times we get so wrapped up in making sure everything is perfect, especially the day of, that we forget to enjoy ourselves. Indulge, eat, drink, be merry! You put together an awesome party; be apart of it!

mom son dinosaur glasses

So there you have it. 5 tips on throwing a stress-free birthday party. I hope you are able to apply these to your next event and really enjoy and be proud of what you accomplished. Party planning isn’t easy. But you can make it so!

Do you have any of your own tips or tricks for planning an event?  If so share with us in the comments! Every little bit helps!

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