A sure sign of a party is a bunch of bright, colorful balloons. They can add so much to the space without taking a big chunk of your budget. Today, I’m going to fill you in on the decorations and supplies I’ll more than likely need for the big birthday bash after we decide on the best place to have the party and share some party planning tips.
When you’re having a party at your house, in some aspects it’s much easier than having it elsewhere and in some aspects much harder. First, let’s tackle where to have the get together then we’ll figure out what we need to decorate and what kind of supplies we’ll need.
There are pros and cons to having a party at your home as well as having it at another location. Let’s start with your home first.
- Everything’s there. You know where everything is and you (and more than likely your guests) will be comfortable there.
- No traffic worries. When you’re partying at your own home, you don’t have to worry about loading up the car with supplies, fighting traffic to get to the party location, unloading and setting up, tearing everything down at a certain time or any of that.
- No time limit. Unless you have an HOA/POA (Home/Property Owners Association) that controls the noise in your neighborhood, you can have people over until pretty much any hour of the night you’d like to.
- No rental fee. You’re already paying your rent or mortgage (unless you’re lucky enough to have your house paid for!!) – isn’t that enough? 🙂 You don’t have to worry about other fees to rent your yard for the party.
- Most people will know how to get there. Directions more than likely won’t be needed if you’re having people you’re familiar with over since they’ve probably been to your house before.
- Set up. At your house, you can start setting up whenever it works for you. You don’t need to worry about waiting until you get to the location because you’re already there!
- So much cleaning! If you’re like me, you’ll clean before everyone comes over and have to clean again once everyone leaves. While it’s totally worth it, it’s also a lot of work!
- Limited space. My dream house would have a huge kitchen/dining room/living room area for parties and gatherings. Currently we don’t have a ton of space (and didn’t in our last house either) to have a bunch of people over all at once.
- Pressure to invite the neighbors. Sometimes when you’re having a party in the neighborhood, it’s easier to invite the neighbors to avoid hurt feelings since it would be obvious there’s something going on at your house and they’re not a part of it. This also could apply to the neighbors (or kids) who invite themselves.
- Help setting and cleaning up. Depending on the venue you rent or use, you might get help from their staff and not have to worry about setting up or cleaning up.
- More space/great location. Usually if you’re going to rent a location, it would be because it’s a great location and have enough room for your guests.
- Cost. Hands down this is what prohibits so many people from having an event outside their home. So many places are so outrageously priced that it’s not doable for many families.
- Traveling/hauling materials. If you’re having your party elsewhere, be sure to plan for time to pack the car and travel to the location.
- Set up time. Be sure to arrive early enough that you’ll have everything set up before your guests arrive.
- Catering. Be careful when you’re renting a location. Many places make you use their caterer which can make the price climb VERY quickly!
- Scissors. You’ll more than likely need to cut something at some point in the day. If you’re worried about someone getting hurt, take kid safety scissors with you.
- Sunscreen/bug spray. If you’re partying outside having extra sunscreen or bug spray can make or break the day.
- Extra towels. Party at the pool? Chances are someone will appreciate a dry towel if you have an extra one even if it’s just to add some cushion to their seat.
- Toys. Whether it’s the pool, outside or in your home, having some new toys on hand can be a great distraction for little ones. Just be sure everyone knows they’re “public” property and should be shared with everyone at the party. I suggest getting some things from the dollar store so if someone accidentally breaks something or takes it home in their wet towel, you’re not out a lot of money.
- Treat bags/favors. If you went to the trouble of making these, don’t forget to take them with you and don’t forget to give them to your guests as they leave.
- Tape. Even if it’s plain on transparent tape, sometimes you just need something sticky to hold a table cloth from blowing away. I usually try to bring transparent tape and some duct tape just to be safe.
- Cake supplies. You’ll need a few things for the yummy cake you’re going to be eating at your party. Be sure you have the candles and something to light them with as well as a knife to cut the cake with (a simple butter knife should work fine).
- Food supplies. Feeding your guests requires you to bring the food to the party. Double check that you’ve got any condiments or serving items you’ll need for the food before you head off to the party.
- Paper products. You’ll need some plates and forks for the cake and more plates and possibly silverware for the food. You might also need glasses for drinks. If you’re at my parties, you’re probably gonna need napkins too (I can be messy at times!). 🙂
- Camera & equipment. This special day needs to be remembered so be sure someone has a camera with a charged battery and space on their memory card. If you’re going to record this, be sure you’ve also got your video camera fully charged.
- Trash bags. These will come in handy to help you get things to the party and remove things from the party. If you’re responsible for removing trash from your party venue, spend the extra money and get heavy duty trash bags. You wouldn’t want them to rip or tear in your car.
- Rags/Cleaning supplies. Some places will ask you to clean before you leave. If you need to, be sure you bring along what you’ll need to get the job done as quickly and neatly as possible.