Whether you’re planning a party for one of your children, your spouse, or other loved ones, you want to make sure the event is fun and memorable for all involved. And this can put a lot of pressure on you to plan a unique and over-the-top event. But you needn’t get yourself worked into a tizzy over a simple birthday party. There are plenty of ways to arrange for the perfect soiree without throwing yourself into a panic. Here are just a few ways to reduce the stress associated with hosting a big event so that you, too, can enjoy the party.
- Start with a checklist and a timeline. If you want to remove the stress element from the planning process, start early with a to-do list and a calendar so that you can get everything done in plenty of time for the party without running around at the last minute like a chicken with its head cut off.
- Delegate duties. There is absolutely no reason to go it alone with your birthday party planning, especially when others offer to help. The honoree likely has plenty of family and friends willing to help make the event a success, so let them pick up food, help you to decorate, and even provide entertainment if they have some talent. You could also plan a potluck to alleviate the time and expense of preparing food for all of your guests.
- Double up. Birthday parties call for food, decorations, and entertainment as the three main aspects. But you don’t have to plan them all independently. You can find ways to double up in some cases and cut down on your work and stress in the process. For example, you needn’t necessarily frost dozens of cupcakes for your party. Instead, leave the cupcakes bare, lay out toppings, and let guests entertain themselves by doing the work for you, creating their own confectionary masterpieces.
Or think about hiring a food truck that can double as part of your outdoor party decor. You could even host a party where guests create the decorations by papering over your entire space and providing tubs of finger paint that guest can use to place handprints, footprints, written messages, or works of art on your flooring and walls. You can also provide wash stations and at the end of the night, simply tear away the paper decorations. A little creativity can save you a lot of time and hassle.
- Order supplies online. Sure you can run around to multiple craft and party stores in search of all the items you’ll need to decorate your party space and wine and dine guests. But why would you when you can save time, gas, and money by ordering everything you need online from a site like Just Artifacts? With one-stop shopping from home, you’ll be a lot less stressed when you go this route.
- Hire professional help. Most birthday planning is not going to stress you out too much. If you’re cool with a cake, a few streamers, and a wicked playlist on your iPod, no problem. But if you want to plan a much more elaborate event, it’s not a bad idea to consider hiring a party planner. This professional can present you with options and then take the reins, reducing your stress while planning the one-of-a-kind birthday party your guests won’t soon forget.