Birthday Party Planning Checklist

Transform Ideas Into Reality
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
- A.A. Milne (creator of Winnie-the-Pooh)
When it comes to entertaining, "you can never be TOO organized!" But easier said than done. So, to help you plan your party we have comprehensive checklists that will bring out your inner party designer. They will help to keep you on task and make sure you don’t miss a detail. Print them out. Use them to keep your ducks in a row. Or use them to keep you sane. Whichever your need. And before jumping right into planning, be sure to check out the different parties on our site. Many of them can save you time and money while offering you a much larger selection of party goods and services than your local party store! 
 
Have fun...
The Party Girl
 
GETTING STARTED: 6 To 8 Week Before the Party
___ Create a guest list
___ Create a party budget
___ Hiring a Party Planner or day of coordinator
       if it is a large party and you need the help
___ Choose a Party Theme
___ Choose a location (home, party room, restaurant...)
___ Caterer
___ Bartenders
___ Book entertainment, such as DJ, clown, palmreader, etc.
___ Book photographer and/or videographer
___ Pick out and order invitations
 
3 to 4 Weeks Before

___ Order decorations and party supplies
___ Personalized Banner
___ Balloons
___ Tableware and paper goods
___ Life Size Cutout of the Guest of Honor
___ Hanging Decorations
___ Streamers
___ Votives, Votive Candles
___ Napkin Rings (we love using beads as a fun napkin ring)
___ Confetti
___ Personalized Sign in Book or Sign in Board
___ Plan menu and create shopping list
___ Order cake
___ Order linens and other party rentals such as chairs and tables
___ Choose centerpieces
___ Personalized centerpieces
___ Photo Tabletop Lanterns
___ Balloons
___ Flowers
___ Confetti to sprinkle on tables for an added touch
___ Order flowers if using (for tables, cake table, bathroom)
___ Pick out and order party favors
___ Personalized Candy Bars
___ Personalized Mint and Candy Tins
___ Wearables (leis, hats, sunglasses...)
___ Photo Cookies
___ Light ups and glow jewelry
___ Toys and goody bag items
2 to 3 Weeks before
 
___ Create timeline for day of party
___ Decide on party games and activities
___ Kid's Birthday Party Games
___ Sweet 16 Party Games
___ Piñatas
___ Theme Party Games
___ Collect RSVPs and check off against master list
 
1 Week Before
 
___ Do any heavy cleaning
___ Buy non-perishable food & beverages
___ Make sure you have birthday candles
___ Do any heavy cleaning
___ Call non RSVP guests
___ Select party music

Two Days Before

___ Confirm entertainment, rentals, etc.
___ Put together and arrange party favors/goodie bags
___ Make extra space in the refrigerator for party food

Day Before
 
___ Clean party area
___ Put up/together any time intensive party decorations
___ Clean bathrooms
___ Check batteries in camera
___ Prepare any party food that will keep well
___ Make sure you have candles and matches for the cake

The Day of the Party

___ Pick up cake, ice, balloons
___ Finish decorating party area
___ Fill piñata and unpack/set up for party games
___ Prepare perishable food
___ Gather serving pieces

Welcome your guests and have fun!