Have you left your party planning to the last minute? You are so excited about the party but between work and family and everything else that keeps you busy, have you run out of time to plan this fabulous party? Don’t feel overwhelmed, here are our top last minute party planning tips.
Our number one tip is to use Printables.
So What are Printables?
You may not have heard of printables before. It is basically a file you can purchase and download from the internet and then print out at home or a copy center. It could be almost anything such as invitations, banners, treasure hunts, decorations. All of the hard work has been done for you in creating the party file and is ready for you to download and print out. A great thing about printables is that you can then match the rest of your party to the colors in the files you download and you will instantly have a great looking matching party theme.
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These days it is perfectly acceptable to send your invitations out online. It is a quick and easy way to get the word out about your party and people generally RSVP faster to an online invitation.
Host your Party at Home
Being short on time, many popular party venues may be booked. Don’t worry you can still host a fantastic party at home. If the weather is nice, you could decorate your yard and have the party there. Or if the weather is not looking too good, push back the couches and set up the party in your living room.
Balloon Garlands are really easy to make and they can really add a WOW factor to any party. If you can make a Balloon Garland then it will certainly not look like you have left the party to the last minute, it will look like you have been organized and planning it for months
Baking and decorating cakes can be very stressful, especially if you still have other things to organize for your party. While I love baking cakes, when short on time I do cheat and purchase a cake. You could pop down to your local bakery or grocery store and pick up a cake or even cupcakes.
Many grocery stores have decorated birthday cakes so you will just need to add your own candles or happy birthday cake topper, or check out our top tips for decorating a cake post and you could be pleasantly surprised that you can do it yourself
Rather than create your own playlist, places like Spotify have pre-made playlists. Or you could try Amazon Music for a 30 days free trial. Simply choose an age appropriate play list and have this playing when your guests arrive. This creates a great party atmosphere and gets everyone in a good mood. If your son or daughter has a great karaoke machine or boom box then use that to pump the tunes out.
You should definitely plan out a few party games. Whether you are planning a 60th Birthday, sweet sixteen or 1st Birthday party, games are great to help kick off your celebration and perfect to get guests mingling and talking. When planning these games take into consideration the ages of your guests and also how much time you have allocated for party games.
If you have opted to use Printables for your games print these out and make sure you have a few spares incase of extra guests. Check the games to see if you need any other supplies such as pens, dice, candy
Most kids love treasure hunts and we love using printable treasure hunts. So quick and easy as all the clues are done for you and answer sheet is provided. So all you need to do is hide the clues around the house in the places suggested. This activity should keep the kids entertained for a while.
Instead of elaborate party bags filled with all sorts of plastic toys and candy, keep your party favors simple and stress free. You could individually wrap things such as sugar cookies, mini donuts, playdough canisters, lip balm, a note book and add a thank you note.
Having a party can be a little stressful and if things are left to the last minute then it can be chaotic but if you follow some of our tips then hopefully they will make things a little easier and less stressful.