December 23, 2016

We all know how important it is to throw an awesome birthday party for your child, both to you and to your kid.

And we all know how much work it is to organize everything well and just how stressful it can get. In this article, I wanted to present a basic checklist for a boy’s birthday party to help you make sure everything runs smoothly.

Estimate your budget and think about your options

Consider how many people you can invite and how big or small of a party you can have. Can you afford professional birthday service or will you do everything yourself will a little help from your friends?

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Make a guest list

Consider if kids will be accompanied by their parents or not, whether to invite family members together with your kid’s friends and so on. Complete your guest list with phone numbers and invite people when you know your party details.

Set the date

This largely depends on your child’s and his guests’ age. Weekdays will work for toddlers, weekends will work best for family members and older children. If serving meals, lunch time is good, if serving just cake, two hours before or after meal time is best.

Choose a theme

Party planning is easier if you have a concept to work around. Talk to your child to see what he would like, choose something he is crazy about, like trucks or pirates or Frozen! You could hire someone who provides birthday entertainment services. You can’t go wrong with having your boy’s favourite superhero show up unexpectedly at his party!

Choose a location

Depending on the age and number of your guests, on the theme and the weather, chose your location. You can have the party at your home for young children, but for older kids, you have more options, like an amusement park, aquarium, beach, park, a restaurant, or you can rent a birthday playroom for a few hours.

Plan games and activities

If you won’t be hiring professional entertainers, then you should prepare a lot of short, fast-paced games and activities for all the kids. For indoors parties you can get a lot of printable colouring pages and puzzles, you can plan for some musical chairs or crafts, whereas outdoors are easier with competitions, hand paint, and freeze tag.

Order and buy birthday supplies

This is much easier with online shopping but start well in advance anyways. Get everything from invitation and thank you notes, party ware, decorations, games, craft and art materials, printable and inflatable toys. One unique idea is to get custom shirts printed. They can feature a cute text that will make your boy stand out or images of whatever the theme of a party is.

Prepare or order food and drinks

Make sure to ask parents if their kids are allergic to any foods. Solid food works best like muffins, buttercups, and cookies. Have ice-cream and lots of sweets. Smoothies and fruit punch are good for drinks. Of course, the cake should be made according to the wishes of the birthday boy.

Miscellaneous

Organize RSVPs, check the weather, clean the house, decorate, borrow extra furniture from neighbours if needed, ask relatives or friends to help monitor the kids, charge the camera and phone batteries, lock the pets, bring extra blankets if going outside, make sure candles are blown and the birthday song sang.

Most importantly, try to relax and have fun with your special boy on his special day!

Do you have any other tips? Share with us in the comments.


  • Good tips. And great timing!! I really need to start thinking about my twins second birthday party!! Will be here soon! Eek

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  • Yes, we have changed location at short notice because of weather. We contacted all the people involved the day before when we got the latest weather forecast, together with warnings from emergency services. Some people choose an indoor venue and limit the numbers. Some will allow you to take some of your own food such as the birthday cake or other foods if there is special dietary requirements.

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  • We are looking at a sports filled day in the local park.

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  • woooowww just in time for my lil one’s birthday next month. Super excited to try the tips here.
    Thanks.

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  • Great tips thank you. The only games I had were pass the parcel & pin the tail. The kids just loved to play in the cubby & together so no need to plan for a lot. Although, I did have butchers paper, pencils & chalk in case it rained.

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  • Great article! For my sons first birthday I hired a play pen with a slide and plastic balls. It was a hit with all ages (even the adults).

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  • We keep parties simple and fun – no hired entertainers and importantly the kids help to plan with their ideas. Their ideas – their parties.

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  • With the good thing, I’ve asked guests to bring a plate. Makes things easier for me and at least their child will be guaranteed to like something!

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  • Great article very helpful will save it for use

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  • Never thought of this, I’ll definitely be writing this down.

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  • This is a great list screen shot so I’m organised for party planning thanks

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  • You don’t need to plan too many games – kids usually do ok without being over organised.


    • Yep – kids want some free time to and this gives them the opportunity to make up their own games. Encouraging creativity is important for kids.

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  • awesome article, I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old birthday celebrations to create – this article is very helpful in keeping it in perspective – thank you

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  • Wow, this makes it seem like hard work… keep it simple I say!

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  • My tip would be to keep it simple. When my kids were younger their party was often just at the playground. Kids were having a ball and I didn’t have to organize all kind of games and things except for bringing food. I never did ice-cream and lots of sweets. On the contrary, we always had lots of fresh fruits, cheeses, crackers, boiled eggs, raw chocolate balls, nuts and other healthy snacks.
    For the older kids we often have them invite them just a handful. Have a sleepover party, go to the movies or play a game of bowling and go to the food court to grab some dinner. Easy for me and fun for the kids.

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