Party Planning 101

The school year is winding down, and my brain is already sliding into summer mode. So I thought I’d dip into a lighter subject. For the next few days, we’ll be in a party frame of mind with ideas and systems to keep it all together and plan a great party.

When my third child was turning three I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted. His older sister, who was six at the time, suggested a princess theme, but he rejected that idea. Then she proposed a dragon party, hoping for a back door into the princess concept. He didn’t bite on that one either. 

 “I think I want a yellow party,” he said. Yellow was his favorite color, so we ran with it. Everyone came to the party dressed in yellow. The cake was a big yellow smiley face. All the favors and decorations were yellow. Even the food and games revolved around yellow — potato chips, bananas, bell peppers, a yellow pinata and yellow t-ball game, to name a few.

With six kids in our house, we’ve had some great parties, and over the years, I’ve figured out that there is an easy-to-follow formula that can make every idea a success.

I know that the world is going digital. Call me old fashioned, but I still gravitate toward the old pen and paper. Before I plan any party, I grab a small note book for planning. I’ve found that it’s best to keep everything in one place. That way, I can check my invite list as RSVPs come in and keep a running shopping list as I plan decorations, food and activities. I like to attach a small binder clip to the front of the notebook, so that I can print off cool ideas as I research and plan.

All the magic starts with a theme. So check back tomorrow, and we’ll go deeper into choosing the right theme. I’ll have some suggestions to help get your juices flowing and think outside the box!

In the meantime, leave us a comment and tell us about the best party you ever hosted!

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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