Birthday Party Entertainment

Tips for throwing a legendary birthday party

Everyone wants to have a great party. Parties that are all about the birthday person and making him or her feel like royalty. The first thing to consider is the age of the person. Next is the size of the party. Infants usually have family and friends of the parents, while school age children might have two parties - one for family and friends and one for the child's friends and classmates. And then there are teen parties and adult parties that tend to be restricted to just friends.

The second consideration would be location. When I was young, a birthday party consisted of inviting friends and family, playing games and eating birthday cake - and of course, the presents. Nowadays parties are much more elaborate. They can take place at the home, in a restaurant or a rented hall.

The third consideration is whether or not the party will have a theme. Pool parties, dress-up parties, pizza parties and dance parties are just a few examples.

Entertainment is also something to be considered - many times people will hire a DJ or sometimes there is someone in the family or a friend in a local band who can provide live music.

Don't forget games at a children's party, like the classic Pin The Tail On The Donkey. Dollar stores are full of wonderful items for prizes, and they also have inexpensive party favors as well.

Decorations for the party: depending on the location and if there is a theme, decorations do not have to be expensive. There are dollar stores and party supply stores that are very popular for choosing the right decorations. These can include plates, napkins, signs, banners, streamers, etc.

Food, of course, is also very important. In a restaurant party, shopping around for the type of restaurant is crucial - especially if you're looking for a private room as opposed to sitting in the general area with tables put together. Either way, reservations are probably required.

For people choosing to rent a hall or have a party at home, a caterer might make life a lot easier for the party givers. In the summer, a barbecue might go over really well, or some home-cooked food that can be prepared in advance of the party and warmed up. Homemade lasagna prepared the day before and reheated in the oven is a great idea.

Along with the food is the all-important birthday cake. Will it be bakery or ice cream cake or both? Cupcake cakes are becoming more and more popular as well. Choosing the flavors, fillings and decorations for the cake is a lot of fun.

No one wants to host the party where the guests never came, so once you've established the date and location of your party, sending out the invitations should be timely. Too far in advance and people will forget. Too close to the day and people might have prior commitments.

With so many details, making a list of all the things that have to be done will save more than just a party giver's sanity. No one wants to forget important details like making the restaurant reservation, ordering the cake or forgetting the camera equipment. A list of all invited guests that can be checked off at the door can help prevent party crashers, while making sure no one is accidentally left out.

Last but not least, the most important part of any party is to have a good time - follow these guidelines on party planning and your event us sure to be a success!

By Lenora Reynolds