Throwing a birthday party takes a lot of planning, organizing, and preparation. It’s a lot of work. But when it’s for someone you love, you know it’s all going to be worth it when you see them smile. Whatever age they are celebrating, a birthday party is a great way to make this occasion a truly special event. You don’t have to invite a lot of people, but if you do have a large number of houseguests, you’re in for a great time.
Start by deciding if your big party is going to be themed or not. Some people shy away from costume parties or dressing up for an event like this. Others embrace the opportunity for some themed fun in a great outfit. Detail the dress code on the invitations so people can prepare in time. Of course, if it is themed, you can have a lot of fun finding all the right props and accessories to dress the party up too.
When it comes to buying gifts for a loved one, the more personal the item, the better. All you really need to decide is when to present it. You might choose to give your gift early in the morning. Or perhaps you would like your gift to be the last one they open. Parties don’t always fall on an actual birthday, especially if it is midweek. Your gift might be best saved for the real date.
Decorating the party venue is the most fun to do. You can start with a few oversized photos of the person when they were young. Silly pictures make great party decorations. You could also order a lot of custom bobbleheads of the person celebrating the birthday. They can make really cute centerpieces on the table, or a great parting gift as a favor at the end of the night. They’ll certainly be the talk of the party!
Make sure you have plenty of glittery lights to create a great atmosphere at the party. You might have some lights that react to the music or some flashing lights as well. If you have your playlist ready, you can plug it into a Karaoke system. Why not stream your party playlist over the internet? That way you’re not limited to the tunes already in your iPod.
Have some fun games to allow people to interact. That way for those that don’t know each other games will help break the ice. You can always fall back on charades, but there are a lot of games you can find on the internet that will encourage interaction between the guests.
Catering for a big party is a lot of hard work. Not only do you need to prepare all the food and then keep it at a safe temperature, but cleaning up from all that cooking can be a nightmare. . You might want to hire a catering company to help you prepare and serve the food and beverages? You can hire waiting staff to give yourself more time to enjoy the party, and to help you with cleanup.
If this is to be a surprise party, make sure it says so on the invites, so nobody ruins the surprise. You may have to take your special guest out for the evening so you can bring them back to the party at the right time. This can take a lot of sneaking around and careful planning. But it’s a great way to make a huge fuss of someone on their special day. Seeing so many of their friends in one place is a great birthday gift too.
Photos from my son's Monopoly party!