Birthday Planning 101

It’s always fun to celebrate your birthday, but all the planning beforehand is such a pain. Trying to figure out where to have your party, what to do, and who to invite is stressful. Here are a few ideas to take the pain out of party planning.

It can be hard to figure out where to throw a party, so here’s a quick list of fun places you can go for your birthday. If you live near the water, have your birthday at the beach. Go for swim with your friends or play some beach volleyball. If it’s chilly out, build a campfire and roast marshmallows instead. Remember to bring extra blankets for everyone as well. Many people do not live near a lake or the ocean, but that’s doesn’t mean you have to take your party indoors. Go on a camping trip for your birthday instead. Take your friends hiking or bird watching. In the evening you can make a fire and have a dutch oven dinner and cobbler or s’mores. Once the sun goes down you can all do some stargazing. If the outdoors aren’t your thing, then head to a favorite restaurant for a special birthday dinner and dessert. Or visit an escape room with your pals for a fun, indoors adventure. If escape rooms aren’t your thing, try visiting a museum or aquarium. Not only will you learn a few things, you’ll get to see amazing works or art, or adorable animals. For those that want to have a budget-friendly birthday, host the party at your house or a friend’s. Watch a movie with everyone or play some tabletop games. Whatever you decide to do, everyone is sure to have a blast!

Once you have a venue and some activities lined up, you need to decide who to invite. Before writing up a guest list, set a limit on how many people to invite. This way, you’ll spend less time trying to figure out if you want to invite that one friend you don’t spend as much time with, or the family member you don’t always get along with. A limited number of people you can have at your party saves you from flip-flopping on who to have over and makes the party planning process that much easier. After you know how many people to invite, it’s time to grab some invitations. I recommend ordering them from Basic Invite. They have cards for all types of events, from weddings to sweet 16 invitations to bridal shower invites. With hundreds of different designs to choose from, you’ll definitely find the right invites for you. You can even customize your invitations, from font to the type of paper your cards are printed on. If you’re as indecisive as I am, you can always order sample cards to see what different invites will look like. I love their 60th bday party invitations and printed birthday party invitations, and I think you will too.

After you’ve decided on the venue, activities, and who to invite, it’s time to chill out. This can be difficult to do it you are a perfectionist, or if you’re prone to worrying and anxiety. You’ve put so much energy into planning your party, and you want to make sure it’s perfect. But you can’t control everything. You have no idea how it will all turn out, and instead of stressing out about it, try to let it go. Remember that the most important thing about any event is that everyone has fun and enjoys themselves. So relax! Do something you find soothing before your party to help you calm down. Listen to some music, watch your favorite movie, or read a good book. You can also try taking a walk or dancing to help release your nervous energy. Take the time to rest and be calm before your party, and you’ll be able to have even more fun celebrating with your friends.

Even though party planning can be rough, I hope you have a few ideas of where to start. Choose a venue based on what you’d like to do, narrow down your guest list, and sent out those invites. I’m sure your birthday party will be a blast!

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