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Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party can be tough, to say the least. When you are bombarded with decisions like... What theme should I choose? Do I want to do it at home or somewhere else? Who should I invite? Where will I get my decorations? OMG...How should I decorate? When should I do this? Ugh! You find yourself making decisions, trying to make everybody happy...meanwhile, your head is spinning out of control up until the party is over and your are left holding the (trash) bag, cleaning up the mess. What a whirlwind. You probably didn't even have time to snap pictures or even see the smile on your daughter's face when she was dancing with her friends. You were busy being a good mom and entertaining everyone, making sure everything went smoothly. Right?

That's a lot of work. Here's some advice.

Stop Trying to Please Everyone

This party is for your little one. Let go of trying to impress everyone. Let go of trying to make everyone's schedules jive. Pick a day that works for the most important people involved and move on to choosing a theme and location.

Figuring Out Where to Party

Ask yourself if you have enough space to entertain and if you would really be relaxed having to clean before everyone comes, cook, decorate, coordinate, manage and clean up. If the answer is "yes, that sounds great!", then plan the party at your place. You can save yourself a pretty penny doing it on your own! Buuutttt...if this sounds like a huge hassle, consider having her birthday party at another venue. This will undoubtedly take away the stress, you will be able to relax, and enjoy her.