If you are doing a DIY party and want to reign in the chaos, you might want to come up with a schedule beforehand. It doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, you can type it out and post it on your fridge if you want, but it can help you stay focused.
Many people get a little nervous about the idea of having a party at their house, but with a good plan, it will not only be a success but a fun one for the host (s) and guests.
A children’s party schedule may look something like this:
2pm Guests arrive. As guests are arriving, play a light welcome game or have a small craft or coloring page ready.
2:15pm Play games (Have a list of games ready. If you want to make sure you take up a certain amount of time, make sure you have extra games in mind, just in case)
2:45 special event. This is purely optional, but if you are doing a party kit, like one of ours, or have a craft or special entertainer, then you are all set. Of course, sometimes an entertainer will do the games with the kids. It is something you will want to find out if you hire one.
3:15 pinata. Many have a pinata. If you don’t want one, then skip this.
3:30 Happy Birthday Song and cake.
3:50 presents. Now this is something that is optional as well. While most children open their presents at the party, I have seen it where the presents are done afterwards. So it is at your own discretion.
4ish hand out goody bags if you have them and say goodbyes. Breathe a relaxing sigh. All done!
Like I said, this is purely a suggestion. You can create your own schedule as you need it. I use one when I do parties because it helps me stay focused. Hope this helps. DIY parties can be a lot of fun, just don’t stress about it!!!