Whether you’re planning a birthday party for a business associate or family and friends, having a timeline is essential for an event that’s organized and seamless. The sooner you start your preparations, the smoother the planning will go. A well-executed event will lead to fun and excitement for your guests and a great experience overall. Here is a birthday party planning timeline that you can follow to help you stay organized and stress-free:
Six to Eight Weeks Before the Birthday Party
This is the period to do all the decision making for the theme, guest list, decorations, food, event space, party location, and other details. To iron out the specifics, it’s best if you can sit down with the celebrant and talk to them about what they want. If it’s a surprise party, find people who can help you make decisions privately.
This time is also the best opportunity to set the date, book an event venue, order invitations, shop for party favors, and decide on which entertainment or activities you want for the party.
Three to Five Weeks Before
Now that you’ve settled all the major decisions, take time to put together your invitations. Make sure that you’ve included all the important details such as:
- the start and end times
- directions to the party location
- your contact information
- where to send their RSVPs
Within this timeframe, it’s also a good idea to confirm your event space and entertainment booking. If you’re ordering the decorations and party favors online, this is when you will want to shop for them. Source all the materials you’ll be needing if you plan on creating the decor yourself. At this point, create an updated guest list, settle on the menu, and enlist help if needed.
Two Weeks Before
If you’re having the birthday party catered, start preparing your order of food and beverages. You may also want to make decisions about the alcoholic drinks you will be servicing. If you’re planning on a birthday cake, put in your order as early as now, especially if you’re ordering from a busy bakery. However, if you want a customized cake, talk to your baker as early as five weeks before the event.
One Week Before
A week before the party day, call your guests who still haven’t RSVP’d. Also, create an agenda that itemizes which activities you’ll be including throughout the day. It’s best if you can create a checklist of all the things that you need to do to help you stay organized.
Even if you booked a caterer for the party, it’s always advised to have backup food and dinnerware ready. A few days before the event, shop for party supplies such as table napkins, toothpicks, backup appetizers, and other similar items.
The Day Before
This is the best time to confirm your cake order. It is also time to set up your decorations at the event space. Further, review your checklist to see if there’s anything you left undone or that needs additional attention. You also need to check your cameras and charge the batteries if necessary.
A Few Hours Before
Finish any work that you need to complete on the food or decorations. Set up the party favors, the games, the prizes if any, the balloons, and set up the music. Position your cameras and camcorders at easily accessible spots. Be ready with a notepad to jot down the gifts in case you’re planning on sending thank you notes.
After the Party
Settle the payment for the venue or entertainers. Make sure that the rental equipment has been returned. Also, take note of any belongings that may have been left behind. Furthermore, write your thank-you notes within a week or so after the event.
Important Factors You Need to Consider
To make the party more memorable, it’s a good idea to have it in a venue that has excellent views, public transportation accessibility, superb amenities, and a cozy atmosphere. Make sure that the site can accommodate the theme and decorations you want. It’s also ideal if the space can provide you with privacy to hold your event without any background noises from other parties.
The Food and Drinks
We all know that good food is the key to any party or event. If you’re unsure about what to serve your guests, it’s always recommended to hire the services of a caterer. This reduces the work on your shoulders., Plus, an experienced event caterer understands the importance of good food at parties. A bonus tip is to look for an event venue that has a list of vendors you can choose from, as these professionals already know the place well.
The Date and Time
The ideal day for a birthday party is on the date itself. But sometimes, this is not a viable option. Because of this, booking early is crucial, especially if the venue is a busy one. Also, not all event venues offer their rentals in the daytime, so make sure that your preferred party place is accommodating with your ideal event timeline.
Need A Place for Your Birthday?
If you’re looking for a unique event venue for your birthday party, Skybox is the place to go. It has breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and direct views into Petco Park where the Padres play. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create an exceptional birthday party for you, a co-worker, or a family member.