Party Planning For Las Vegas Kids

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Party Planning 101: Kids Party Planning Tips by RockStarMom Las Vegas I love to throw parties.  Love it.  It’s one of those things I start to think about at least 6 months out because I love the planning.  I love the researching.  I love the details.  And, I love the social aspect of parties.  I love having all of my family and friends in the same place at one time, celebrating.  I know this is not true for everyone.  I have friends who dread the thought of having to buy a ready-made invitation, a store-bought cake, and prepared party store supplies.  Others I know want to throw a great party, but need some budget savvy advice to make it awesome.  I hear you, and I’m here for you.  I used to do this for a living, and have made it a major hobby for any of my own kids’ parties, so I’m going to share with you some tips to make your party adorable, fun and budget smart.  Here are some great kids party planning tips for Las Vegas or anywhere you are throwing a party: Pick a date and a time: You know your baby boy’s first birthday is in September.  So around the beginning of July, look over your calendar, and pick a date that works best for you and those you need and want there.  Having a date in mind helps you mentally prepare yourself for staying on target.  It also gives those who are going to help you time to plan around this joyous event!  Pick a time that make sense for you and your family.  If baby boy naps from 9-12, then throw the party so he is waking up as guests arrive, guaranteeing a happy mood!  A party later in the afternoon also allows for more time to set up and getting yourself ready to enjoy the event. Pick a theme: This will help keep you on task and on budget.  Personally, I like my parties to have a little more depth than just a character theme, so I try to use pictures of my birthday boy, buy coordinating paper goods vs. licensed ones to help with the costs, and colored balloons, confetti, cupcake holders, some centerpieces that blend with the theme.  Then I pick out a few key items with the characters, like the cake toppers, a few Mylar balloons, a banner, the invites and a few centerpieces to keep the theme going. Write down your invite list and keep RSVPs updated: Super important! Know who you are inviting so you know how many to buy for.  Then keep your RSVP list updated.  I also like to split mine into Adults and Kids so I have an idea of how many goody bags, how much food, what kind of drinks, etc. Plan it out: Once you know the venue of the party, plan it out on a piece of paper.  Know how many tables and chairs you are going need so you know how many table cloths to have.  Where will you set up the food, the cake, and the gifts? Will you have a craft stations, a jumpy house, a balloon animal maker? What time will you serve food, cut the cake, open presents?  What kind of drinks will you be offering?  A set plan also helps you identify what your budget can handle, keeps you organized, and keeps the party going. Utilize your resources: The great thing about social media is the network of communities it introduces you to.  If you are not super savvy in the social media arena, then utilize your resources through communities you are involved in…friends, church, play groups.  I have found there are a ton of experienced, talented people out there looking for extra work.  Especially moms who are staying at home, have a talent or hobby, are great at it and want to make a little side money.  Meet these people!  Best way is through word of mouth.  Make sure you have at least tasted, seen, experienced their service first hand, where you feel comfortable enough to hire them.  Then do it!  Through blogging and FaceBook I hired a photographer to shoot the party and a mom who made cakes.  They were both affordable and great!  The caterer was a friend of my sister who has wanted to start her own catering company for awhile now.  The food was delicious and she also got some business from it.  My husband and I were able to enjoy the party because we took advantage of opportunities where we could also help people out.  Win Win! Details, Details, Details! Circus theme?  Think of all the things that make a circus great.  Popcorn, cotton candy, animal crackers, snow cones.  Then pick 2-3 and incorporate it into your theme.  Use photos of your kids wherever you can to give the party some personalization…scattered around the food table, or a large canvas photo at the entrance.  Hosting a tea party?  Pull out your great-grandmother’s linens, and borrow tea cups from different people.  Cut roses from your garden and put them in a bud vase for centerpieces.  It’s the little things that make a party memorable.  And, you don’t have to over-do it; you just have to do it! Look for the best deals: Having time to buy also gives you time to find the right deals.  I happened to walk...