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Got big party plans? Before you go on a buying frenzy, consider our top 10 birthday party tips that will guarantee your celebration is remembered for all the right reasons.

Getting ready to throw a party? Nerves wrecked from all the preparation stress? If that is the case, you are not alone. Venturing into the world of party planning can be quite daunting. What should you prepare? Should it be a sit-down affair or a buffet mixer? What kind of snacks should you serve? What should be in the goodie bags? Never fear! With a little forethought and preparation, you will wow your guests!

  1. Theme
    When it comes to parties – be it for kids or adults – it is important to choose a theme. Setting a theme for a party makes it easier to plan the outfits, colours, décor, food, and sometimes even venue.
  2. Venue
    This is the most important part of the party. Pick a place near to where the majority of the guests stay. After all, the perfect party is one that demands little travel. This way, they won’t have to travel a long distance. Another important key factor is time! Groups of friends and relatives are filled with conflicting schedules, so try to pick a day that is good for most of them. Saturday is usually the best day to have a party.
  3. Invites
    In this day and age of social media and digital communication, physical hard copy invites are so out of fashion. Save up money
    by sending out Facebook invites and/or soft copy invites via WhatsApp! This way, it makes it easy for guests to RSVP to you, and you save on printing cost, too.
  4. Guest List
    It is important to ascertain the number of guests to ensure that there is enough food to go around. Always find out ahead of time if
    any of the guests have dietary restrictions and the profile of the guests, such as if they are mostly children or adults, girls or boys. And if they have any favourite snacks you can include.
  5. Budget
    Planning a party requires funds. If you only want to spend $300 on the party, stick to that with no exceptions. Plan around your budget to ensure you don’t spend extra.
  6. Food
    “For a kid’s party, I would recommend baked pasta, finger sandwiches (egg mayo, ham & cheese), fried chicken wings, mini-burgers,
    and cookies,” shares Chef Pang from Antoinette.
  7. Décor
    Once you’ve chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. Get all the props you need from stores including Daiso, Dreams & Confetti, and Spotlight.
  8. Dessert
    As advised by Chef Pang, choosing a selection of multiple desserts with different flavour profiles to cater to different palates is a good idea. “Chocolate- and strawberry based desserts are always popular. If you have to narrow down your selection and for
    children’s parties, choose desserts that are bright and colourful. Kids love that,” he adds.
  9. Entertainment
    Throw in games, ice-breakers, dancing, competition, music and even performances to make your party one heck of a celebration. Our favourite games include charades, and the-never-get-old musical chairs (just because they work for all ages!).
  10. Activities
    The ladies from Dreams & Confetti suggest not planning way too many activities or having a party that is too long. The reason? People, especially kids, can get really cranky, over-tired and sometimes bored. “Baking workshops such as bake and decorate cupcakes, cookies or marshmallow pops are great fun, and they get a delicious treat to bring home at the end of it. Setting up an art and craft station is also an easy way to keep the kids entertained,” they add.