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  • DETERMINE THE THEMEDeciding on the theme of

    the party will help determine what kind of decorations and

    activities you will need.

    DRAW UP THE GUEST LISTThe rule of thumb for the size of the guest list is your childs age

    plus one, so if your child is turning 6, invite seven of

    his or her friends.

    SEND INVITATIONSBe sure to include RSVP

    information as well as any special instructions for the

    guests, like leaving siblings at home or wearing appropriate clothing for messy activities.

    CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR ACTIVITIES

    Avoid scheduling the party too tightly to allow kids enough time for general horsing around, and decide whether or not your child will be opening presents during

    the party.

    CREATE A CHECKLIST FOR ALL THE SUPPLIES YOULL NEEDTheres a checklist of common

    party supplies below, but depending on the activities and/or menu, you may need to add

    or remove some items.

    PUT TOGETHER GOODY BAGS FOR EACH GUEST

    As long as youre not planning to give out perishable items, you can put these together as early

    as possible.

    FINALIZE THE GUEST COUNTCheck in with anyone who hasnt RSVPd as of yet and confirm whether or not they

    are attending.

    DO ANY GROCERY SHOPPING

    If youre not baking the cake yourself, order it at least a week

    in advance.

    CLEAN UPIf youre having the party at your home, give it a

    thorough cleaning a few days ahead of time.

    PERFORM A SAFETY SWEEP OF YOUR HOUSE

    Make sure cabinets are secured, stairs are clear and your home

    is generally safe for a big crowd of little people to run around.

    DECORATEIf youre having the party at

    home, a day or two before the party is a good time to do any decorating that doesnt involve

    helium balloons.

    PICK UP/FINISH DECORATING THE CAKEThe day before the party is when youll want to get the

    cake from the bakery or put the finishing touches on it.

    rsvp

    ARRANGE FOR ENTERTAINMENTIf youre going to have a clown, magician or any other type of party entertainer, the sooner you can book them, the better, and that also

    goes for bounce houses or other party rentals.

    PREP AS MUCH FOOD AS YOU CAN

    This includes cutting up fruits and vegetables for snacks, making

    sandwiches or preparing salads.

    PUT OUT FOOD/SNACKSPut any beverages

    on ice, as well.

    FINISH DECORATINGLast-minute decorating like filling the helium balloons or hanging a piata should be done a few hours before the party starts.

    TAKE PHOTOS OF THE BIRTHDAY KID

    Once your child is having fun, you may not be able to get a

    photo of him or her standing still (or clean).

    KEEP A GIFT LISTTaking note of who sent each gift will make thank you cards

    much easier after everyone goes home.

    TURN ON MUSIC/LIGHTSHaving the music and party lights on as your guests arrive ensures

    a festive mood.

    Streamers Balloons Banners Piata Party hats Goody bags

    Party favors/glow sticks Tablecloth Plates Napkins Utensils

    Serving bowls/platters Cups Cake stand Candles Beverage cooler/ drink dispenser

    Serving spoons/tongs Ice cream scoop Batteries for cameras/music players

    what to do well in advance

    what to do the week of the party

    what to do the day of the party

    party supply checklist

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