Print this page out and put it on the kitchen notice board.
Two months before the party
Book the venue you are hoping to use i.e. Village hall, community centre, church hall,soft play venue.
Four weeks before the party
Draw up the guest list.
Enlist several adults to help the party run smoothly. Ideally get the parents to stay on and look after their own kids. For three- to five-year-olds, ideally you'll need around one adult for every four children, and for six-to ten-year- olds, one adult for every six children.
Pick the party date and time. Parties are generally one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours long.
Three weeks before the party
Make or buy the invitations and send them out. Make or buy decorations, party bags and prizes.
Two weeks before the party
Decide on activities and games to play. Consider the age of the children and plan games and activities accordingly. Plan more games than you expect to use, in case you run out of activities before the party is over.
Plan your menu. Remember that parties are not a good time to introduce new foods to children. Serve familiar favourites.
Arrange for extra help on the party day from friends or relatives.
One week before the party
Order cake from a bakery if you are not baking your own. Bake cake and freeze it if making your own.
Make any other foods that can be made ahead of time and store foods in the freezer.
One to two days before the party
Write out a final schedule of activities for the party.
Buy remaining food for the party.
Buy film and have the camcorder at the ready.
Check batteries for the cameras.
Finish decorating the cake, or pick up the cake from the bakery.
Make sure you have plenty of candles and matches.
Decorate any indoor areas (save outdoor decorating for the day of the party).
Prepare food that can be made ahead of time.
On the day of the party
Prepare foods and drinks that could not be made ahead of time,if the play area are catering for you, just give them a call to make sure everything is ok for the big event.
Remember, young guests will be excited and there are bound to be mishaps. Keep your sense of humour, and even if every aspect of the party doesn't go as planned, the most important part is to enjoy your child's big day!