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Kids Party ChecklistIf you've never done it before or time is limited, planning a kiddies party can be quite daunting.  Where to start? What is too much, what is too little?

Here at Funtastic we talk to (mostly) moms about this all the time, so below are a few basics that you can go with and a super cool checklist that will help you with your planning:

Basic Do's

  • Decide beforehand whether you want to keep it simple or go all out - stick to that decision
  • Set your budget/limit, either in total or a total per child (including at least 1 parent per child) from the very start - things can quickly get out of hand even if you host a party at home (actually, especially then!)
  • Decide beforehand whether you will accommodate 1 or both parents per child and add this info into your invitation
  • Decide how much catering you'll do for the parents.  Too much will go to waste and remember it's a party for the kids, not for the adults.
  • Get the kids to help, involve them in the planning and putting things together - keep the excitement going
  • Do relax and enjoy the party

Basic Dont's

  • Don't send out a "Save the Date" if you're not 100% sure of your venue
  • Don't try to please absolutely everyone with the time or location, go with what will work for most parents and children and with what you know your child will love
  • Don't stress too much if something does not go according to your expectation or THE PLAN, improvising can lead to improvement!

Kids Party

 SIX WEEKS BEFORE

  • Get your initial guest list together
  • Book the party venue
  • Hire the entertainer(s)
  • Hire the party planner (if you're using one)
  • Decide on a party theme

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE

  • Prepare your invitations
  • Get a class list from the teacher
  • Decide on party activities/games and the menu
  • Place your cake and other bakes and platters order

THREE WEEKS BEFORE

  • Send your invitations
  • Order, buy and your party supplies
  • Provisionally book any rental items
  • If you think you'll need extra help, book it now.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE

  • Make a list of items not purchased/delivered/collected yet
  • Remind guests to RSVP

ONE WEEK BEFORE

  • Get last confirmations from guests
  • Confirm all details with the venue, make any changes to your original order/arrangements now
  • Send the guest list (confirmed) and final numbers to the venue
  • Order your balloons
  • Make a list of things to remember e.g. cake knife, candles, candle lighter, cake forks etc.

THREE DAYS BEFORE

  • Buy party food, snacks and favours
  • Check and charge camera batteries if you're using one
  • Confirm time and location with entertainer
  • Put your party packs together

ONE OR TWO DAYS BEFORE

  • Bake the cake or collect the day before
  • Collect balloons the day before
  • Decorate home or gather decorations for party venue
  • Prepare fresh food items the day/night before
  • Put all items in one place, ready to grab and go
  • Check your

3 DAYS AFTER
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Polite Party GuestAS A PARTY VENUE, we see a few basic frustrations party parents experience, EVERY WEEKEND. Here are a few tips on how to be the perfect party guest - remember, when your turn as party host comes, you would also like to have perfect party guests...

      1. RSVP ON TIME, RSVP on time, rsvp ON TIME - we can go on about this all day long. If they haven't heard from you, you will not be on the guest list (which can be a bit embarrassing when turning up..)
      2. READ all messages or e-mail communication from the party parent regarding the party. (As a venue we send a special welcome letter to all party parents to pass on to their guests so that guests know where we are and what to expect - this is important info which helps you enjoy your time more.)
      3. Don't be half an hour late, or even 5 minutes - the little party girl or party boy CANNOT WAIT to cut the cake and blow out the candles and want all their little friends there for that special moment.

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