As you may know, I’m in full party planning mode. Kendall’s 4th birthday party is only a few weeks away. I thought about sharing the birthday invitations with you today, but decided to save that until the wrap up post, maybe another free printable? We’ll see…
Anywho, as I’m planning her party I carry around a manila folder with list after list after list. Prices of this and that and how many I need of everything. And I thought, I need to sit down and determine when I need to work on what and pull all of my budget information together. And out of that came this adorable, if I do say so myself, birthday party checklist: Let’s Party!
Let’s Party! lists out what should be done when starting roughly two months out. There’s also a section for you to keep track of the cost of the party and a note section underneath for all of your miscellaneous info.
As I was chatting with my dear friend Jessika, who’s also planning her daughter’s birthday party, she mentioned how she has been creating an inspiration board. I thought that was a great idea and asked her to elaborate on her process.
Before I really get into planning a party I always begin by taking the time to gather party ideas and inspiration from a number of sources. I start with a big sheet of paper or poster board and tape, pin, or staple all the things that catch my eye or go with my theme. As I add to the board I usually start seeing a general color palette and style which I can refine by removing things that no longer fit with the overall idea. Or at least that is how I used to do it!
With the invention of Pinterest I have started using my pin boards as a party planning resource to collect inspiration from around the web. Now I can pin tutorials, activities, colors, decor and anything else that catches my eye easily and without having to keep a pair of scissors handy. I also follow the boards of popular party planners like Pizzazzerie, Amy Atlas, Kim of Tomkat Studio and others. If you want to check out how my Pinterest planning is going while I get ready for my oldest daughters 7th birthday you can visit my pinboard and follow me to see new additions.
So go ahead and click the button below to download your free birthday party checklist and let us know in the comment box if you have any other tips for throwing a birthday party.