Birthday parties should be festive occasions when, surrounded by your friends and family, you have a great chance to catch up. Birthdays are also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate someone you love. If you think about it, there are few times that you can celebrate just one person’s life. We have other holidays to celebrate certain ideas or historical events, but birthdays present a unique opportunity to dedicate some time and resources to an individual you know and love. We know just how important it is to celebrate birthdays appropriately because we have all felt the wrath of someone who felt like their friends and family forgot them on their special day. While It is very important to show our love and appreciation for our friends and family, it’s important that we don’t overdo it. Many people spend days or even weeks deciding how to throw a birthday party for a friend.
It can be difficult to throw a good birthday party for a number of reasons. The biggest problem is that with birthday parties come high expectations. Do something wrong and you might not get to ever live it down. Another issue is that many people don’t like to have birthday parties thrown for them. They hate the idea of getting older and, worse yet, a bunch of people celebrating their age. So, how do you throw a birthday party for someone who might not even want a party? Although this can be a very difficult situation, don’t let it get you down.
Following these basic tips will help you throw a successful, no-hassle birthday party for your friend or family member:
1. Don’t spend too much time decorating. Clean your living space and free it from clutter. Most people come to parties and get into conversations with friends or family members. They don’t spend too much time looking at decorations.
2. Play some light background music. Birthday parties are loud social occasions and it always helps to set the mood with a little light music. Pick music that will have broad appeal.
3. Avoid long birthday parties with lots of activities. Young children might need some structure in their parties with games and activities, but adults usually prefer to talk and catch up with each other.
4. Don’t spend too much time focused on the birthday boy or girl as most people get embarrassed very quickly about being in the spotlight. Focus on activities or events for children’s parties and let the adults take care of themselves; most end up in conversations anyway.
5. Avoid birthday parties that last too long. Birthday parties need not last for more than a couple of hours. If they are go on too long they will start to drag.
6. Write something nice about the birthday person and read it in front of everyone. However, if your guest of honor embarrasses easily or is very shy, you might want to skip this.
7. Ask a friend or family member to help you plan and throw the party. Having just one person to do all the planning and work is neither fair nor necessary.
8. Ask the birthday person what they would like to do during the party. It is always nice to know that a party is your party and not someone else’s event.
9. Provide light refreshments for the party. Dinner parties don’t necessarily make for great birthday parties.
10. If kids are coming to the party have activities set up for them such as coloring or board games so they don’t get bored while the adults are talking.