When it’s time to celebrate a birthday, you don’t want to just scramble and throw something together. Instead, make it a day or night to remember by putting thought and care into the birthday party plans. It takes a little effort, but the result is an unforgettable experience. Not sure where to start on your birthday-planning adventure? We’ve got your back! Keep reading below for our guide to planning an epic birthday party.
Figure out the invite list
About a month to six weeks out from the party date, determine the guest list. You’ll have a few decisions to make at this point such as whether or not the event will be kid-friendly and if guests can bring a plus one. Once you have the invite list set, you can start planning the other details.
Pick the date
You’ll want to consider everyone’s work schedules before putting together a party. Otherwise, you could have an awesome event planned but no guests there to actually enjoy it. Ideally, you’ll plan the birthday party for over the weekend when most people can attend.
Choose the venue
Whether you choose a restaurant, boat, or a retro skating rink, it’s important to know where you’re going to hold the birthday party far in advance. Many venues book up very quickly. When you’re looking around for the proper venue, keep in mind your overall budget and the number of guests you’re inviting. Too small and everyone will feel cramped and unhappy. Too big and you’ve wasted money on space you didn’t really need.
Pick a theme
Dressing up doesn’t have to only be for Halloween. One of the best ways to maximize fun is by creating a birthday theme and encouraging your guests to dress up. Maybe you can ask everyone to dress up with a funny wig. Maybe you can simply choose a decade theme like the 80s. Whatever the theme, make sure that your guests will be able to easily come up with a costume to wear. And don’t forget to put the dress code on the invitations!
Send out invitations
Although sending out e-vites is incredibly easy, it’s a better idea to spend time sending out paper invitations. After all, when was the last time you received an invite by mail? Exactly! Plus, paper invitations mean you can make a trip to your local craft store to get beautiful stationary for your invites.
Order the cake
The birthday cake is the most important part of the birthday party. Consider going to a local baker to get your order fulfilled rather than a grocery store. It will be a little more expensive, but your friends will appreciate the quality and creativity that goes into a custom-made cake over a store-bought one. Don’t forget about adding something special alongside the birthday cake like a birthday basket to make the woman or man of the hour feel extra special!
Find food vendors
If you’re throwing a birthday party, you’re going to need to feed your guests. One of the easiest options is using a buffet, which means everyone can pick and choose exactly what they’d like to eat. Make sure you find out if any of the guests who will be attending have any dietary restrictions, you don’t want anyone to starve at the party!
In addition, if you’re planning on providing alcohol, make sure that there’s a wide variety of options available. A good variety of alcohol might include beer, wine, cider, and hard alcohol. If you’re really feeling creative, you might want to offer a signature cocktail. It can be a drink named after the birthday boy or girl or just a fun, creative beverage.
Put up exciting décor
Now, this is the fun part. Many venues might actually offer their own decorations in the form of lighting and flowers. But other venues will be a little lackluster. To ensure that the venue looks beautiful for the birthday party, it’s worth the investment to buy your own birthday decorations. Streamers, banners, balloons, and confetti will give the venue a festive atmosphere.
Planning any event can be intimidating. There are so many moving pieces to keep track of – but with a little thoughtfulness, you can ensure that your friend’s birthday party goes off without a hitch. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare. With this guide in hand, you’ll be on your way to throwing the birthday party of a century!