I hope you enjoy this guest post from fellow blogger and event planner extraordinaire, Brittany! I’m planning a party for Darah now, so I’m definitely taking notes!
I’m so excited to be here today at Stuff Parents Need! This is Brittany from Beaux & Belles, where I talk about my love of party planning and entertaining. Today I’m going to share with you some ways to keep stress-free in preparation for your child’s upcoming birthday party. I hope you find these tips as helpful as I’ve found them!
Guest List & Invites
Although we all love thoughtful, hand-written mail, sometimes we just don’t have the time for it! And that’s okay because there are many creative email invite tools out there that you can use off the internet. Not only are email invites great for quick, cheap delivery, but they will help you manage your guest list virtually! Evite.com is my favorite invitation tool – it has loads of design templates to pick from and it manages your guest list for you in real time. You can customize your invitation and even include comment boxes that ask guests about allergies and special food diets. No more worrying about tracking down and recording all those RSVPs!
Food trucks are a huge trend right now. A food truck offers simple, easy catering…plus they offer delicious foods! There are food trucks nearly for every kind of food these days, (not just hot dogs anymore) – Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Indian, etc. For those of you who don’t want to deal with cooking but do want to offer guests something more than pizza, consider a food truck. They provide all the utensils and napkins for you, plus they won’t take up any space in your home or back yard. Just call one, tell them what time to arrive, and you’re done! I did a little research and found that RoamingHunger.com is a good site that coordinates food truck catering in 34+ major cities in the U.S. Food trucks are popping up everywhere in the country, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a quality one! You may also want to consider using food trucks for dessert too!
If you are planning to have a pool party celebration this summer, consider hiring a certified lifeguard for the event. Ask around – there are probably some certified neighborhood teens that would be willing to come over for an hourly rate. Although many parents will probably be present, it doesn’t hurt to cover all your bases and hire someone to specifically keep watch around the pool area. Also, set up a safety station. Designate a table for sunscreens, bug sprays, band-aids and a first aid kit.
Pick three activities that you think will be fun for the whole group of kids to participate in. If it is too hard to coordinate, set up activity stations, like an arts and crafts table, water table, game or sports table, and dress up station. By preparing beforehand, the kids will have a great time and you will not need to run around like a chicken with your head cut off during the event!
Set an End Time
Leaving off an end time on your invitation might be okay for adult parties, but don’t do it for children’s parties. Kids tire easily and get cranky so keep your party to a 2 hour maximum. With a short and sweet time set, kids will have a better time, parents will know what to expect, and you will be much more stress-free!
~I hope you find these stress-relieving tips helpful. What do you do to stay stress-free?~
~Thanks again Tiffany for letting me visit from Beaux & Belles!~