The 7 Steps of Birthday Party Hell

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Does anyone else hate organising birthday parties? Anyone? Or is it just me? Seriously I find them so stressful. As Olivia’s gotten older she has wanted more and more input into where to have it, what to buy, should we have a theme again? I am so glad this is her last big party like this, and it ended up being epic! Not my words but one that was thrown around in school today when the teacher asks did they have a good weekend! #notbraggingmuch

Let me give you the 7 steps of birthday party hell……………………

Planning. Decisions, decisions and you can pretty much guarantee the activity of choice has either a) already been done before, is a copy of previous party from a friend earlier on in the year (god forbid!)  or is way out of price range. Cue major world treaty level discussions and compromising, most definitely on your part possibly not from theirs. There may be tears mostly mine!

Prepping. Venue, food, entertainment, party bags, guest list. These things go on and on I reckon it’s up there with planning a wedding!* There is probably frequent visits to Amazon and Ebay and wishlists popping up all over the place as not so subtle hints of what to buy going on as well. She wanted a Shopkin in each party bag, there is over 20 bags to fill as well!*This may not be factually correct as I have never planned a wedding

Guests. For a girl who professes to not have any friends 4/5 days a week the invitation list is never ending. Family, friends, kids who I passed in the hall on the way to assembly last week, what the actual………

Theme. What to pick? Cute or characters? Plain or patterned. Traditional or modern, gah so may options I have no idea however Olivia is full of it sorry, them. (Shopkins made it this year fyi!)

Food. Do you do it, order in, or get a caterer? Should you book somewhere that does food? And what if they don’t like or you miss an allergy? What if no one will eat your food and they all go home starving? Buffet or lunch bags? Or McDonalds (my sister done the McD’s this year I and opted to do lunch bags so everyone had the same!)

Panic. Oh the fear, the fear that no one will turn up. Cold sweats because more kids have turned up than was on your initial list (did this thing go out over Facebook or something?????) Do I have enough food, will they eat the food, see above point, did I forget anything, is there enough party bags and do I have the ability to cut the cake properly? (Turns out no I don’t) and……………… being THE parent of the birthday child and having to start off ‘Happy Birthday’ and the important job of the candle blowing out, what if I drop the cake aaaaarghhhhhhh………………….

Lying. Yep flat out bare faced cheek lying! Lying I have everything under control. Lying that it is so much fun and I am having a lovely time. Lying that I am happy your daughter could make it despite spending the last 3 years being flat out mean to my daughter and I am so happy they are now best buds!

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This year’s party, and last one for a while, was held at the gymnastics club Olivia goes to and they were all put through their paces with some fun routines and tips and tricks. The coaches are amazing with them and everyone loved it, epic it was. We had a Shopkins theme, which you may of noticed if you follow my Instagram feed. The food was organised into individual food bags and we had trays of sandwiches, sausage rolls and pizza that they could help themselves to. And the party bags contained mini colouring books, crayons, tattoos and sweets all bought from the sales in January as shops got rid of their Christmas stock!

It goes without saying I maybe a bit of a drama queen, no? This is all based on my own wonderful experiences of party planning with a child old enough to enforce her own opinions to orchestrate the whole thing herself all the way up to payment options! Apologies if I have put you off ever wanting to plan a kids birthday party though!

Tell me your horror birthday parties stories or your fun/no so fun experiences planning a party! I would love to hear them.

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  1. I have a horror story about my son’s birthday last year. Party had gone very bad.. everything was stressful.. even the cake was not ready at the time. I could see all guests whispering.

  2. It sounds like you did an amazing job so full bragging rights earned there! I hate organising birthday parties. In fact I think I find them more stressful then when we planned our wedding! It’s when you invite the friends and they turn-up and then bring their siblings too and they want to eat and have a party bag too and you don’t have enough. Argh. It’s bringing me out in a sweat just thinking about it! I might just suggest a small Pizza Express party this year and let someone else organise it for me 🙂

    1. I really hate sorting them out and I’m all for getting someone else to organise the whole thing instead! Pizza Express sounds great!