How to plan the ultimate birthday party

We’ve finally got a roadmap out of lockdown and I’m so excited! As we all look forward to celebrating with our friends, I know many of us are looking to make up for lost time so it’s time to dust off your party planning skills!

Planning a birthday party can feel overwhelming. You want everything to run smoothly so that all your guests are happy and having a good time. Here are my top tips to stay organised and take the stress out of party planning!

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It’s important to set a budget as this directly impacts all the other decisions you need to make for the party. With a set budget you then know how much you can spend on decorations, food and drink or maybe look at DIY options to save on costs!

2. Theme


If you’re planning your own party then of course, pick any theme you want! If you’re planning a party for someone else or for your children, make sure to include them in deciding on a theme. From a princess party to 90s nostalgia, there are so many themes to choose from, but whatever you end up choosing, make sure you carry it through to the rest of the party e.g., food, décor and invitations.

3. Venue


The easiest option would be to host the party at your own house or garden therefore no extra venue costs and you have plenty of time to do the decorating. If you’re planning a big celebration and you’ve got a bigger budget to play with, why not explore local venues (that are easy for everyone to get to) such as restaurants, bars or even hotel function rooms!

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4. Invitations


If you’ve decided on a theme for the party make sure the invitations match the theme. Include all the information your guests will need on the invitation – date, time, venue, whether food and drink will be provided and if +1s are invited as well. Invitations aren’t usually a common practice with birthday parties, particularly adults, but they are always well received and a great way to add a personal touch!

5. Food and Drink


When it comes to food, it’s important to have a range of options to keep everyone happy. A buffet style is an ideal way of presenting the food so that your guests can help themselves and you can focus on enjoying the party yourself! If you’re providing the drinks, perhaps set up a bar area so people can again help themselves and make sure you’re stocked up on ice!

6. Party Favours


This tends to be something that we do for children’s parties but it’s not as common for grown-ups, but I love them! Personalised party favours are a really nice way to commemorate a bigger celebration. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive either, from personalised cupcakes to mini shot glasses – your guests will appreciate the effort.

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7. Schedule

It’s important to set a timeline for the weeks and days leading up to the party and for the party agenda itself in order to make your life a little less stressful. For example, when to book in the date, arrange invitations, book a venue, and prepare the food. Click the link below and you’ll get access to your free Birthday Party Timeline, a helpful guide that I’ve put together to ensure your party is unforgettable!

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And if you’re still stuck please just get in touch, and see how I can help. I’d love to help plan an unforgettable party you and your guests will love.

Amelia x

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