A few weeks ago, I posted about our week long birthday celebrations, which included organising the dreaded party.
I promised in that post that I would share with you how NOT to plan a children’s birthday party, so you can learn from my mistakes… So here goes…
1. Don’t think about a party venue
Who needs a place to hold the party anyway? Who needs a venue?
The first mistake I made was not planning where we would host the event. I just thought, yeah we will have a birthday party for them, that will be fun.
Then one week before, I had a sudden panic. I had promised two four-year-olds a birthday party and I had not thought about a venue. The main issue with this is four-year-olds remember EVERYTHING!
With the result it ended up being at home**Although to be honest that worked out ok**
2. Don’t Invite People
Yep if you want your party to get off to a bad start, make sure you don’t invite anyone.
I was one week away from the planned date and I still had not invited anyone. This was due to being very busy (otherwise known as bad planning)! So if you want to be sad dancing, then don’t invite a soul.
3. Forget about the cake
If you want to make sure your party is a complete flop – then forget to make a cake.
I remembered less than 24-hours before the event. Then I had to take to social media in a fluster, asking if anyone had any ideas!
Thankfully, in my case, a kind soul took pity on me. They provided me with a quick fix alternative which required no baking – result!
4. Organise Pass-the-parcel at the last minute, then run out of wrapping paper…
Pass-the-parcel cant require that much paper can it? Oh….
I was that mum. The one that completely underestimated how much wrapping paper is required for a simple game of pass-the-parcel. Of course this resulted in me running to the shops in a panic!
5. Give the birthday boy too much sugar
We have all been there, had a little too much excitement on our birthday or is that just me?
If you want to finish off the birthday with a bang, then give the birthday boy too much sugary treats. This works especially well if the birthday boy doesn’t usually eat sweets….
As we figured out about an hour after the party finished, too many sweets = upset tummy (to put it politely)!
Let’s just say that even after four years of parenting, cleaning up sick is not something I have ever become accustomed to!!
So there we have it
That is everything that I learnt from organising a four-year-olds birthday party. I am sure next year I will remember everything and it will be drama free…
Do you have any party blunders? Let me know in the comments below.
For those that have a child’s birthday party in the not too distant future: