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Party planning is so much easier said than done, isn’t it?
The moving pieces of any given party, from a holiday bash to your child’s next birthday, is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It’s tempting to want to dump the responsibility on someone else: however, doing the “dirty work” yourself may not be as involved as you’ve been led to believe.
As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together, right? Planning and hosting your own party versus a pricey affair such as Chuck E. Cheese can help you guarantee meaningful family memories and keep money in your pocket simultaneously.
Naturally, there’s a lot of hesitation that comes along with planning a party: after all, there’s so much time spent preparing and then poof, it’s over.
Stop stressing over the “what-ifs” and instead take a foolproof approach to planning your next party.
So, how do you make it happen?
Stick to a Budget
First and foremost, establish and budget and actually stick to it. Bear in mind that you’re already saving money by having your party at home: instead of having to pay for costly entertainment, you can spend on more important aspects of your bash such as decorations and food.
Center your party around a unique theme to give your shindig some personality. Also, save yourself time and the stress of clean-up by buying creative party decorations online versus a big box store or worrying about crafting the perfect DIY décor.
Simple Food, Easy Cleanup
Purchasing and preparing party food can quickly feel like a nightmare when you have lots of mouths to feed. Thankfully, you can quickly and efficiently make sure that both you and your guests are well-fed and stress-free by ensuring that you do a combination of the following:
- Cook in bulk: macaroni or rice dishes, for example, can be prepared in massive quantities and are always crowd pleasers
- Rely on “just add water” cake mix and simple homemade icing to save on sweets
- Pick up disposal dishes and utensils instead of having to face a potential mountain of dishes
It’s incredibly easy to overthink your food plan: simply make sure there’s enough for everyone on the guest list and be prepared to save some leftovers or send some home with your guests.
Don’t Stress Over the Guess List
Therefore, don’t stress too much over the guest list. Sure, don’t invite too many people: however, be open to stragglers granted you feel comfortable with them in your home. The more the merrier, right?
You’d be shocked at how easily children can entertain themselves. Don’t feel the need to hire a professional: a simple kickball or water hose can go a long way with a bit of imagination. Consider some outdoor activities as a means of letting your kids get moving and eventually wear themselves out, signaling that the party’s over.
Planning a family party doesn’t have to be a headache. In fact, taking a simpler approach to your event is a surefire way to make sure that you and your guests have a good time.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.