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Plan the perfect party!

Top 10 tips for grown-ups for planning a stress-free party - checklist included.

1. Start with the guest list

This will influence everything, from the size of the venue to the theme and activities you choose.

2. Check the date

Double-check with your child’s best friends and family members that they can all make the chosen date before you print invitations or book a venue. It just won’t be the same if they can’t attend.

3. Involve your child in the planning

If your child is old enough, sit down and ask them what they would like at their party. Games or a few snacks? This will help avoid disappointment on the day.

4. What about guests’ siblings?

When preparing the invitations, state whether siblings are invited or not. “Regret no siblings” is a perfectly acceptable way to phrase it and most parents understand the dilemma.

5. Guest list

As you send out the invitations create a list so you can keep track of RSVPs. As soon as someone responds, tick them off the list and then follow up with anyone who hasn’t contacted you a week before the party.

6. Pin it!

Once you’ve decided on a theme, create a Pinterest board to keep inspiring images of snack options, décor and games.

7. The cake

For most kids, this is the highlight. Decide if you are going to make it yourself or order. If you are going to bake it, test it at least a week before the actual event.

8. Lists, lists, lists

Create separate lists for food and décor. Tick off as you buy what you need and try to ensure you have everything bought a day before so you aren’t rushing to the shops on the day of the party.

9. Don’t open presents at the party

Explain to your child that presents are for afterwards. Have a table or a space out of the way where presents can be placed until everyone has left.

10. Make a gift list

Write down who bought what. It might be a flurry of wrapping paper and yells of delight, but try to keep up so you can send out personalised thank you notes. These can be mailed or delivered the week after the party.

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