It can be stressful dealing with a whole classroom of kids. Don't worry though, you're not obligated to invite a your child's whole class, despite what seems to be the norm. Simply determine a small list of their best friends to attend along with their parents. Having a set number of kids also lays the framework for the rest of your planning i.e. location.
2. PICK A DATE IDEALLY A MONTH IN ADVANCE
Younger kids tend to have less going on, but elementary school aged kids are typically involved in sports, classes, competitions, and more. This problem is exacerbated if your child's birthday falls during the summer months or around a major holiday. Giving three weeks to a month's notice is as far out as you want to go as you don't want people to forget but two weeks' notice tends to be too short for families to plan.
3. CHOOSE YOUR VENUE: HOME OR NOT?
Are you willing to have the mess of an at-home party? An outside venue usually handles set up and clean-up which may be valuable to you. However, some people think hosting at home is cheaper (which it is if you keep it simple) but if you're planning on renting a bounce house, entertainer, etc. it can end up being the same or even more costly than an outside venue. Thankfully, there are now new ways to save money in towards certain aspects, for example Lendr is an upcoming app that will display various rental items, including tables, chairs, tents, bouncy castles, and all sorts of other party equipment, which can then be sorted by location and price, allowing you to easily find the cheapest option.
4. THINK "EASY CLEAN-UP"
Immediately purchase the decorations, plates, cups, games, a piñata, candies — everything that isn't perishable. It's highly recommended if you're hosting a home party that you use disposable items including plastic or paper table cloths so when the kids are done eating cake, you can wrap up the remnants in the cloth and toss it for easy clean up. Make sure to put all of your party purchases in one single place like a plastic tub or in a closet so there's no last minute rushing around searching for birthday candles. Fill goody bags or have party favours ready too so there's no running around the day of the party.
5. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
You planned the party, therefore you deserve to enjoy it as much as your child! It helps to have at least one helper (a spouse, friend, or other family member) who can supervise a game or cut the cake while you greet the guests or prepare other aspects. It's time to savour all of your efforts and enjoy the party!