3 Time-Saving Tips for Planning Special Summer Birthdays

3 Time-Saving Tips for Planning Special Summer Birthdays

So, it’s summertime and you want to plan a special and memorable party for your child. But, let’s be honest, this seemingly simple task can sometimes be overwhelming for us busy parents. However, the good news is that with a little bit of organization combined with some time-saving strategies, you can create an incredible celebration your kiddo will love without adding an extra serving of stress to your already full plate. To help you get started, I’ll share my top 3 go-to tips for creating an extraordinary summer birthday (even if you’re low on time). 

Top 3 Tips for an Easy Children’s Summer Birthday Party

1. Choose a Theme that Capitalizes on Summer Fun

One of the best things about summer is all of the fun activities that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.. So, it makes sense when you start your children’s party planning to choose a theme that aligns with the summer season. Some popular themes that reflect the fun of summer are beach parties, a luau, or a festive carnival. Or you could think outside the box and go with an outer space-themed birthday theme. (Moon Landing celebration, anyone?) 

But what makes these themes a no-brainer is that decorations will be readily available during this time of year. And when you’re planning your decor, think bright colors, beachy decorations, festive games, and refreshing treats. By picking a theme that aligns with the summer months, you’ll streamline your planning process plus create a fun event that is sure to delight your kiddo and their guests. 

2. Simplify Invitations and RSVPs

As a busy mom, you’re always pressed for time. This is why I recommend simplifying the invitation and RSVP process. Platforms like Evite or Paperless Post are complete game-changers. Not only can they help you create adorable digital invitations that fit with any summer theme you choose, but with the RSVP response built in, keeping track of your attendees is a snap. And you’ll be able to send last-minute announcements to your entire invite list with a simple click of a button. 

And since it’s summertime, try to send out invitations early (before school lets out). This will make it easier to connect with parents and ensure your event is added to their busy schedules. 

Also, try to avoid events that coincide with 4th of July or Labor Day. These are busy travel holidays and you run the risk of kiddos your child loves to hang out with not being unavailable to attend.

Plus by eliminating the need for physical invitations and depending on snail mail, you’ll save valuable time yet still maintain the personal touch with the use of fully customizable templates.

3. Plan for the Location

Depending on where you live, summer weather can sometimes wreak havoc on outdoor plans. Consider daily afternoon sprinkles in Florida or 120° heat in Nevada. Any of these can put a damper on your planned outdoor activities. Add to that the uninvited guests summer heat may bring: gnats, mosquitoes, and their pesky friends can truly disrupt a fun event. 

But if you dream of an outdoor summer birthday party, never fear. You can create a truly special event in your own backyard or if you live near a nice park, park shelters are also great locations. (If you do want to book at your local park, you’ll want to reach out well in advance).

I also recommend including activities that can take place in or outdoors and have a Plan B in place, just in case. And remember, what’s great about kids is just how much fun they can have with a little planning. Indoor scavenger hunts, fun activity sheets and coloring pages can make a memorable party inside or outdoors.

Bonus Party Planning Tip: Incorporate Pre-Made Decorations & Food

For the busy mom, using pre-made decorations is our secret weapon. Once you have a theme, many stores offer a variety of party supplies or even party-in-a-box kits that will help you quickly transform your space into a festive party your kiddos will adore. 

Additionally, consider ordering pre-made platters or catering services to simplify the food preparation process. By reducing the time spent on these tasks, you’ll have more time and energy to focus on what’s most important: creating special moments with your child, family and friends.

Even for the busiest moms, planning a summer birthday party your child is sure to love doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By selecting a theme that aligns with summer, simplifying invitations, planning for your location, and using pre-made party-in-a-box kits, you can save time and still create an unforgettable experience for your child. Remember, the most important thing is to celebrate your child’s special day and create amazing memories together. If you would like more of my favorite children’s party planning strategies, check out my recent blog post

Happy party planning!

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