It’s getting close to Emma’s 5th birthday party and this time, it’s a lot less stressful. As moms, we try to out do ourselves from previous years or replicate the perfect party/themes we see in Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong, I am always up for a challenge, but hate pulling the all-nighters just to get things done with my limited spare time.
The trick is to simplify your party planning. A little less stress, more planning, less doing and at the end of the day, the kiddos are having fun. Here’s what I have learned over the past few years:
- Spend more time on dyi projects that you want customized
- Spend less time on projects that can be outsourced – if it takes you more time to design/bake/make it, ex. baking a three tiered cake (possible – but not the best use of your time) – leave it to the experts
- Research and plan events at venues that will provide catering, set-up and clean up (no need to recruit your family and friends to help – they will thank you!)
- Divvy up the cost and combine parties with family and friends – sharing is caring
- Plan for the worst and if/when disaster happens, you’ll be thankful that you have a backup plan
All of the above rules applies to any party or event. And if you’re a super mom – then completely ignore the advice – cause you’re the bomb!
This year, Emma and her friend are having a joint birthday at Chuck E’ Cheese. She asked – I obliged. After researching the cost per kid and the addition of food, drinks, etc. for 15 kids and 10 adults, a split for a total cost of $150 each parent is not too shabby. In the past, I have spent over $200+ on decorations, preparing and cleaning my house for guests and purchasing and making food for a single party — and I have three kids! These days, an average birthday party can cost anyone from $500 to $1,000+ and if you’re Jessica Simpson or Kim Kardashian..the world is your oyster.
Sticking to my advice on rule #1, I chose to design the invitations and t-shirts for Emma’s party.
- T-shirts were purchased via VistaPrint.com – $4.99 for kids and $6.99 for adults (50% off promo)
- Invitations were sent for free using Punchbowl.com. It’s also a great tool to manage your invites, send out reminders and you can also text/email your invites.
As a busy mom, here’s some love from me to you — free downloads of the images above so you can easily edit or update in word.
Free JPEG downloadable file:
Free Word Doc file with editable design – for all of my non-design savvy moms – I’ve got you 🙂
Note: Word doc includes all three designs above in each page
Hope these few basic rules will help you with your next party planning.
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