My best party tip for parents

balloon-set-57-115x115There is something I tell my clients when they are planning a party for their children. I know it is so hard to get caught up in planning a party. You want to see the look on your child’s face when he/she enters the room. You want to see the expressions of the other children’s faces. You want the full effect. You want the party that everyone will be talking about for months to come. I know. I am the same way when it comes to my children as well. Since I am a party planner, I have been known to go a little overboard on occasion. A good example would be the Super Mario Party I threw for my kids a few years ago.  It took me 10 hours to put it all together. I pulled an all nighter setting it up. And you know what my children’s favorite part of it, besides the awesome cake my friend Melissa made? Their favorite part was when they got to show all their friends the black currant bush and have their friends taste the little berries.

Therefore, I always tell my clients that no matter what, their kids will have fun. Something might go wrong…Murphy’s Law sort of dictates that. Maybe you won’t be able to find just the right decorations. Perhaps, the cake might slide in an awkward way on the way from the cake shop and push the frosting on the side of the cake a bit. Just remember to breathe, smile, and remember that your children will have fun anyways. They are going to be happy to see their friends and family. They will be happy doing whatever you have planned, and sometimes you don’t even need to plan much at all. This year, I had a craft station for my kids’ party even after I swore I was scaling it back this year and making it more of a playdate, than a party. My daughter informed me that I shouldn’t have bothered because when it came down to it, she just wanted to play with her friends.

So the next time you are hosting a party and feeling stressed, remember to breathe and relax. The party will be great no matter what.

What is your best party planning advice?

 

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