If you have a loved one’s birthday coming up, and you’re planning to throw them a milestone birthday party, you may be wondering where to start. Unless you’re a professional party planner, actually throwing a birthday party can be a stressful experience- especially if it’s a milestone like 21, 25, 30, 50 or 60.
Here are some tips for organising an amazing milestone birthday party:
Plan your Planning
It may seem silly, but actually taking the time to figure out how long the planning will take is crucial. If you’re throwing a mega party with hundreds of people it could take up to a year to plan, especially if you want to book a specific place. Smaller parties can be planned in just a few months, and if you need to organise a party at the last minute you may even be able to throw it together in a few days- as long as you don’t need a specific destination or DJ.
Choose a Theme
The best parties have themes, and choosing a theme and asking guests to dress up is one of the best ways to ensure that the party will be talked about for months. If you’re looking for costume ideas, head to which has everything from birthday, Christmas and , with plenty of different themes to choose from.
Sort out Lighting and Decorations
The best parties cause guests to gasp as they walk in, and if you’re organising a milestone birthday party this is a must. You’ll need a lighting system and maybe a fog machine and stroboscope, and you can also invest in LED systems which can be hired. Decorations should fit the theme or at least include the favourite colours of the birthday person.
Send out Invitations
Ideally, invitations should be sent out around 8-10 weeks before the party, allowing guests to ensure that they can be there on the day and won’t have any prior commitments. Online invitations are great for last minute get-togethers, but milestone birthdays should have real invitations mailed out, and reminders can then be sent via email or Facebook. While there are plenty of companies which can help you with invitations, you can also find everything you need in craft stores or online.
Think about food
For most people, a sit-down dinner isn’t necessary- even for a milestone birthday. Think easy-to-eat appetisers which can cater to a wider variety of tastes and preferences, especially if you have guests who don’t like certain foods or are allergic to specific ingredients. A good option is to set up a food table in the corner so guests can help themselves and keep it refreshed through the night.
Finally, don’t forget about the cake (or the candles). It’s important that the cake doesn’t look too generic and is instead personalised for the birthday boy or girl, with their favourite flavours and tastes. This should ideally be brought in before guests drink too much so that everyone can sing happy birthday and have a slice.