How NOT to organise a birthday party

How NOT to organise a birthday party

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:


Find out how NOT to plan a childrens birthday party over on the blog:


  1. 5th January 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Hi Yvonne, oh I remember those days well and am thankful my two are old enough to want to do things for their birthday’s other than having a party. Sugar highs were a thing my two suffered with, a party wasn’t a proper birthday party without a twitchy vomitous child at the end of the day.


  2. 27th October 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Ha – we were fairly lax this at birthday parties this year. I was cake making with 24 hours to go as well, I had the toppers but not the cake. I feel your pain!

  3. 22nd October 2016 / 11:08 pm

    I’ve left it late before, (ok maybe not quite as late as you!), but late enough to be panicking about replies and not having the minimum number required for the party. Reading this brought it all back! Now I diarise 6 weeks in advance to start planning, so we can get invites out in time. Even better, now I have a 10-year old, I’ve managed to convince him that having a family trip away or special treat is just as good as a party! #Sharingthebloglove

  4. 22nd October 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Pahaha! It’s my daughters 2nd birthday in January and first attempt at a party… I will try and remember these! #sharingthebloglove

  5. 22nd October 2016 / 10:47 am

    Forgot to add #sharingtheblogLOVE

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