1. Plan the party
This includes deciding on when and where to have the party, what type of party it will be (eg. themed, pool party, etc.), and sending out invitations.
2. Send invitations
Guests should be given at least two weeks notice to ensure they can attend. Be sure to include the date, time, location, and any special instructions or requirements (eg. RSVP).
3. Choose a theme
A theme can help give the party a cohesive look and feel. It can also make it easier to choose decorations, food, and games.
4. Set up decorations
Depending on the theme, this could include anything from streamers and balloons to a themed banner or piñata.
5. Prepare food and drinks
This could include anything from pizza and chips to a full-blown buffet. Be sure to have enough for all guests, plus some extra in case anyone gets hungry later on.
6. Get party favors
Party favors can be as simple as goodie bags filled with candy and toys, or something more elaborate like custom-made T-shirts or mugs.
7. Plan games and activities
This depends on the age range of guests attending the party. Some ideas include pinata whacking, sack races, or simply playing tag or hide-and-seek outside.
8. Set up seating and tables
If there's going to be food served, there'll need to be somewhere for guests to eat it! Seating can also be important if there are going to be games or activities taking place during the party.
9. Clean up after the party
This is probably the last thing anyone wants to do after a birthday party, but it's important so that everything is put back where it belongs and no one has to deal with a mess later on.