One of the most stressful events for a busy parent may be planning a party. Especially, that very special first birthday event. Aside from scheduling, guest lists, and finding that perfect locale is the cost. From the cake to the details, it can be more like planning your child’s wedding than just celebrating their first year. What if I told you, you have that perfect party and actually enjoy it?
The first step is to Set the Date. Make a list of those you wish to invite and look over the list. If your list consists of a lot of busy persons you may opt for a weekend. Begin your party in the mid-morning to give yourself preparation time. There is no need to wake yourself up before the sun to prep your party.
Secondly, come the venue. Consider the amount of guests you’re expecting, and the environment issues. An outdoors party is great and can be held for free; and without reservation, at a beach or park or best yet at your own home. However, experiencing heavy rainfall can put a damper on your festivities. This doesn’t cancel out your home garage, or a tented area. Putting up a tent or holding a party in convenient and designated party areas at your parks can be a big advantage. You will need to make sure; if you choose to throw a party in a park area, that it will not require a reservation deposit. You can visit http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/
or call Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3003. Send them an email at [email protected]
Thirdly, find a Theme. Maybe your looking to do a Disney Princess Party theme for your little girl, or a Hoops themed party for your little boy. Whatever it may be should be something that ties together with the theme of your childs area. Highlighting the theme on the invitation will aide guest in gift purchasing and will help you better surround baby with lovable character.
Now, you’ve set your date and time and you know who you want to invite. Knowing the number of persons gives you the availability to Shop for Invites. While personalized specially made invites may be gorgeous, more often than not will those pretty prints end up somehow discarded after the event. Why throw away money, when you can get inexpensive invites from your local party store. Remember, when writing your invites to include any special requests. Such requests could be having party guest wear the jersey of their favorite team and player.
While checking out the store, you may want to bring a Checklist of items you’d like to see at the party. For example:
Paper Plates, Cups, Utensils
Goodie Bags and Prizes
At your local PRICE BUSTERS store locations, you have access to some much desired party items. Everything you need for your theme, and for whatever kind of party you want to throw there’s low-cost items you’ll be checking of your checklist. Plus, the clerks at PRICE BUSTERS have a balloon station where you can get your mylar or rubber balloons aired up and ready to blow. Check them out online at http://www.pricebustershawaii.com/
Cake and Ice Cream is alway a birthday hit. While cake and ice cream is the traditional birthday treat, you may want to opt for frozen yogurt instead of the ice cream. It’s a healthy alternative that is very popular in the island chains. Your little one will be dipping a paw or two into his first cake, so make it something special and free of excess sweet. A good alternative is to do the baking yourself. Contrary to what you might believe, there’s a lot of love that goes into baking and not much time. You’ll have fun decorating the cake and adding your own personal touches. The bonus is that a box or two of cake mix will cost you less than a full or half-sheet birthday cake from your bakery. Typically, a bakery bought cake can cost around $40.00; which includes the decorations. Add toppers to your items list, two jars of diffent flavored frosting, some frozen or fresh fruit, and a box or two of Pillbury’s famous cake mixes and you’ll spend on average $30.-35.00 based on personal research. You’ll save $5.-10.00 and time running to pick up the cake.
Extras, such as bounce houses and face painting are awesome surprises.Face painting can be simple and fun. There’s no need to worry about toxic chemicals or a big clean-up. Just ask the staff at Confetti on the Go. Check out Confetti on the Go at http://confettionthego.com/ for information on their services and to see a profile of their work. Call them at 754-6951. They not only travel the island of O’ahu to bring their services to your party, but have impressed kids with their talents at such events as Monsanto’s Safety and Health Fair in Kunia.
Have fun in the party planning process. The key is to keep organized and to enjoy yourself. Create your own team of party planners to help ease the journey.These tips can be used for any event you may be planning now or in the future. From baby to wedding bells, before you know it it’ll be as easy as….well,cake.