It can be difficult to come up with birthday party ideas especially if you are a parent or someone who is throwing a number of different birthday parties every year. It is perfectly normal to run out of steam and fall short when it comes to thinking of unique ideas. There are books and magazines that you can look to for inspiration when it comes to the smaller details of getting party ideas, but when it comes to thinking of foundations for birthday parties for people of all ages, there appear to be some common factors. Start with these tips as you are searching for birthday party ideas and then build on them to come up with new ideas for your next party.
Focus on the guest of honor
No matter if you are throwing a party for a teenager, an infant or a grandparent, you should never lose sight of the fact that the focus of a birthday party should be on the guest of honor. There are times when people get so caught up in throwing a good party, that they lose sight of the reason for having a party in the first place. Everything from the people that you invite to the food you serve and the games that you play should be planned with the birthday boy or girl in mind. Although you want everyone to be happy and enjoy themselves, the goal should be making sure that this birthday is a memorable one for the guest of honor.
Have a theme
Themes make thinking of party ideas a whole lot easier. When you can decide on a theme for your party, you bypass a lot of the effort that goes into making considerations about the party plans. For example, let’s say that your son is turning seven and he loves airplanes. By deciding that you are going to have an airplane theme, you do not have to spend time thinking about any cake, decoration or game that you cannot make apply to planes. You can go into a party supply store knowing exactly what you are looking for. Without a theme, you could wander aimlessly for quite some time before deciding on things.
Keep the season in mind
If a theme is something that is hard to come up with, take your cues from Mother Nature. Base your party ideas around what is going on outside. Maybe you are throwing a birthday party for a teenager and are not quite sure what they would like. It is hard to go wrong with an outdoor and season appropriate activity and party theme, like snowshoeing and having a lodge like atmosphere for a winter party, or incorporating elements of being at the beach for a summer birthday party.
Keep everyone involved and happy
Although the focus of your party is on the person actually having a birthday, you need to have birthday party ideas in mind that the whole group will enjoy. For starters, no one likes to loose, be embarrassed or feel left out. So when thinking of party games keep those three things in mind. Also, make sure that you do not neglect the décor. During times when people will just be content to talk or when kids are playing, little things like balloon clusters and music can keep the mood of the party alive with very minimal effort. You may also want to think of small side activities, like word finds or trivia questions that people can try their hand at when there is some downtime at the party or when you need to slip away from your hosting job to prepare a meal or start organizing a different activity.