Countdown to The Party


Countdown to The Party


  • Decide when to have the party
  • Where?
  • Book a hall if you need to (you many need more time them a month)
  • Book an entertainer if you need to (again you may need more than a month)
  • Decide who to invite
  • Order the cake (if you need to)
  • Make or buy invitations

There weeks before the party

  • Send out the invitation


Two weeks before the party

  • Buy the decorations: balloons, streamers, tinsel, any decorations to aid your theme
  • Buy the party tableware: plates, napkins, tablecloth, plastic cutlery and cups
  • Plan the menu
  • Organize your child’s costume or clothing
  • Tape the music for the party


One week before the party

  • Check the guest list“ Who is coming?
  • Buy the party prize
  • Buy the goodies for the party bags
  • Make or buy the cake
  • Check that you have candles and matches for the cake
  • Check the booking if you are hiring somewhere
  • Check the booking if you are hiring an entertainer
  • Put film in the camera
  • Organize sticky labels


Four days before the party

Organize a party prop box“ each age group should have the following items inside;

  • Party prizes
  • Music/cassettes and something to play them on
  • Sticky name labels
  • Party plan

Additional items needed for each age range are listed in the appropriate chapters.

Two days before the party

Check the cake

  • Do the food shopping (don’t forget the adults)
  • The day before the party
  • Check you have all the food you need
  • Prepare the food as much as possible
  • Check the party prop box
  • Get the party bags ready


The day of the party

If at home:

  • Check the house is ready, with breakable, and any potentially dangerous objects out of the way, not too many toys around, pets out of the way, an adult’s area
  • Put up decorations
  • Lay out food tables
  • Candles on the cake, sharp knife
  • Party prop box ready
  • Party bags ready for action
  • Music at the ready
  • Balloons on the door.


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