As a parent, you’ll undoubtedly end up planning many parties as your kids grow up. From holiday events to birthday parties, gathering people together to celebrate is just a part of life! Gatherings can be done virtually and hopefully soon, in person. For the time being, it is best to hold in-person gatherings outdoors.
Because there are so many parties that can show up on the calendar, it’s a good idea to have an underlying theme for each one. Some will be easier than others, of course, depending on the type of party. But, choosing the perfect party theme can make a big difference—especially for your kids!
A theme can take a “regular” party and really make it special. Plus, picking a theme will make planning the party much less stressful.
So, how can you choose a party theme that will be easy to bring to life and make your guests happy?
Location, Location, Location
Finding the right location isn’t just a good idea in the real estate industry. Once you have a location in mind for a party, you can start deciding things like:
- How many guests to invite.
- Types of activities you can set up.
- A general layout for seating.
- Where to set up food and gift tables.
Your location can certainly be in your home or backyard, and that’s often better for little ones. It allows you to visualize the space and quickly determine what you can and can’t do. Hosting a party in your home can also give you the motivation to declutter and organize your public spaces, so the location you have in mind can be used to its full potential. Clearing that space out can also help you to feel less stressed and more relaxed throughout the process.
If you have an older child, you might want to consider a few unique themes or activities for the party, like the beach, your backyard for an outdoor movie, or a concert or sports game. Parties don’t need to follow a standard blueprint. Consider what most people would truly want and how it fits in with your theme, and don’t be afraid to get creative!
Stick to the Classics
Whether you’re throwing a birthday party for your child or a holiday party for your family, one of the best tips to keep in mind is to keep it simple while planning. Try to avoid licensed party themes. While asking your child or family what kind of party they want can be helpful, letting them dictate the whole thing isn’t the best idea— especially if they want a Paw Patrol and slime-making party all at once.
Instead of choosing a licensed theme, go with generalities that mimic that theme. For example, instead of Paw Patrol, why not choose dogs, in general? There are so many cute and fun options and ideas that could go along with that. Plus, when you look back at pictures years from now, a general theme will stand the test of time much more than a television show or current trend.
Plan in Advance
One of the best things you can do when choosing a party theme is to decide on it early. People often make the mistake of planning a party too close to the actual date of the event. By deciding on your theme at least six months in advance, you will have plenty of time to breathe life into it. During that time you can:
- Find the right location.
- Send out invitations.
- Decide on a menu and whether you want to work with a caterer.
- Order a cake or other desserts.
- Find the perfect decorations.
Giving people enough time to respond to their invitations will also give you a clearer indicator of who will be there and who won’t. That can save you money, and stress. Plus, you won’t feel like you’re rushing around so much that you can’t actually enjoy the party when it finally arrives.
Choosing a party theme, especially for kids, doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You know your child better than anyone, so consider what they might like, and allow yourself to have some fun with it! Be sure to ask your child for input too. The details will come together once you’ve developed that theme. So, keep these tips in mind to choose one that will allow you to build a great party from the ground up.
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Sam Bowman writes about families, wellness, and how the two merge. He enjoys getting to utilize the Internet for community without actually having to leave his house. In his spare time he likes running, reading, and combining the two in a run to his local bookstore.
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