If possible pick out a theme and start preliminary planning 6 weeks ahead of the party date. Send the invitations out 3-4 weeks early. Phone them if they don’t RSVP (it’s amazing how many people don’t!) Having your guest list ahead of time allows you to adjust for any shortfalls.
Invitations can take many ganhar different forms with both the invitation style and method of delivery. Use your imagination for fun ways to invite your guests:
Spy party: “ID cards” sent through the mail or have the birthday child drop the invite on the front door, ring the doorbell and run and hide.The recipient will see only the “secret invite” – not the deliverer… very mysterious! Send the invite in code…
Princess parties can be announced with rolled up scrolls
Cowboy party invites can be teabag-stained and charred “wanted posters”.
Pirate Invites can be a “message in a bottle”.
You can have a lot of fun with the invitation wording:
Your home can take on an alter ego: “Smith Cove” (Pirate Party), “Smith Spy School”, or The “Smith Ranch” (Cowboy Party).
You can have your guests RSVP to “The Royal Butler and Maid” (Princess Party), “Sheriff Smith” (Cowboy Party), “EGROEG and ARUAL” (George and Laura – spell your name backwards for Alien Space Party flare)… get creative with your invitation wording!
Two of the most effective products for decorating for a birthday party are Balloons and Streamers!
Streamers can be used in many ways:
Green streamers can be ripped to different lengths and then crumpled/uncrumpled and hung from the ceiling as “seaweed” (undersea/mermaid/pirate theme).
Blue streamers can be twisted and draped for “water”.
Red streamers can be “fire” (fire fighter party).
Multi-coloured streamers can be rolled into “flowers” (princess/flower power party), and stuck to the wall or made into “bouquets”.
Streamers can be used as “room dividers” and make makeshift “tents/walkways”.
Orange/yellow streamers can be taped crisscrossed in a hallway as a “Laser beam Obstacle Course” (Spy Party).
Streamers can be used anywhere you need a splash of colour (even outside). Make streamers out of anything (coloured garbage bags, paper, fabric, etc.) Do be careful where you place them as streamers are not fireproof.
Balloons are festive and have a lot of impact. If you buy/rent a helium tank you can really dress up your venue with balloons.
With helium balloons you can weigh them down with weights or let them float to the ceiling.
Helium Balloons – Anchored
Anchor balloons with balloon weights – or make your own. Make weights with a 1 foot square of mylar/wrapping paper/cellophane- filling with sand/candy/pebbles then bringing the 4 corners together and tying it up with ribbon.
It is very important to weigh your balloons down if you have them outside as balloons can wreak havoc with power lines (especially foil balloons). Helium Balloons can be given at the party’s end as party favours attached to a slap bracelet/ balloon weight, or tied to the child.
Helium Balloons – Floating
Float your helium balloons up to the ceiling (make sure the ceiling is not a rough/textured one).
Attach a long curling ribbon to the neck of the balloon and curl the ribbon over a scissor blade.
From the end of the ribbon attach a star/fish/shape made from mylar/ shiny paper, (punch a hole in the cutout first).
Send the balloon up to the ceiling and the star will dangle suspended in mid-air.
To make the balloons float a bit longer, tie the balloon neck tightly (and tie the ribbon below the balloon neck knot).
If you want the balloons to float longer than the standard 6-12 hours ( I’ve seen them float for 10 days!) squirt in some “HI-FLOAT” ( a water-based polymer that seals the inside of the balloon ).
Balloons will float longer in a cooler environment with high humidity.
To get the “helium balloons on the ceiling” look without the cost, tape balloons to the ceiling (no one will ever know).
You don’t need helium for fabulous balloon décor, Balloon “clouds” can be suspended from the ceiling with string and balloons can be wrapped around poles, wires, and tied into columns and arches.
To get the “helium balloon party favour” without the helium, use balloon “saucers and sticks”. The balloon is twisted around the cup-shaped “saucer” and then the balloon and saucer can be placed on the “stick”, you don’t even need to tie-off the balloon!
Proper Inflating of Balloons