How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party

I love finding any reason to celebrate and throw a party; especially when it comes to throwing a birthday party for one of my kids. There’s just something so fun and exciting about celebrating your child with family and friends. In my years of throwing parties, I’ve learned that the best kind of parties are the parties that everyone (including the host/hostess) can enjoy! So take the stress out of party throwing and prepare with these easy tips!

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How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party

birthday party

1. Start with a theme. It’s important to keep your child’s interests in mind when planning their party. After all, it’s THEIR party. Choose a theme that reflects your child’s likes and/or hobbies. If nothing else, make the theme of their party their favorite colors. Some of my favorite parties that I’ve thrown includes my daughter’s princess party, son’s Ninja Turtles party, and an animal themed party.

ninja turtle

2. Don’t skimp on the food. Everybody loves good party food. I always tend to invest most of my party planning time and budget into party food.  Let’s be honest, if you have delicious food, it’s hard to throw a bad party. Here are a few of my favorite party food spreads.

Animal Themed Appetizers:


Ninja Turtles:

ninja turtle

Ice Cream Sundae Party:

ice cream sundae

Princess Party:


3. Plan activities accordingly. Be sure not to over plan your party. Let guests interact and have fun. Be sure to keep the ages of your guests in mind. If you will have younger children, you may want to plan more activities than if you had a room full of teenagers. When we throw family parties (which includes a mixture of adults and kids), I typically plan for one game or activity and then let the rest of the time be spent eating food, visiting, and opening presents.

4. Don’t forget party favors. Every party guest loves taking home a little party favor. However, do note that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create awesome party favors. One of my very favorite party favors I sent home with my guest included a mason jar full of animal crackers with a spray painted animal attached to the top (for an animal themed party). Total crowd pleaser and super cheap.


5. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Do all of your preparation before the party and then sit back and enjoy! Mingle with your guests, don’t worry about messes, and take the time to celebrate your child!

birthday girl

You child’s birthday only comes around once a year so it’s important to make the most out of their special day. Toys “R” Us understands the importance of celebrating your child’s birthday and wants to help make them feel special on their birthday; that’s why they’ve recently updated Geoffrey’s Birthday Club. Geoffrey’s Birthday Club allows parents to sign up their children’s birthdays to receive special birthday-month offers.

birthday club

As part of the update to Geoffrey’s Birthday Club, Toys “R” Us has created a new children’s book titled “The Legend of Geoffrey” telling the story how Geoffrey arrived at Toys “R” Us and why he loves his birthday so much. Toys “R” Us has also launched monthly in-store birthday events nationwide allowing kids to celebrate the magic of the new book and birthdays.


Best of all, head to your local Toys “R” Us store Saturday June 18 and July 16 (3-4 pm) with your child celebrating a birthday on/around this date and your child can have story time with Geoffrey, receive a new “The Legend of Geoffrey” book, crown, balloon, and Geoffrey plush. What a fun and exciting way to show your child just how much they mean to you on their birthday.

While you’re in Toys “R” Us, don’t forget to browse their numerous birthday gifts, perfect for all kids!

 What party planning tips would you add?

About Meagan

My name is Meagan and I adore being a mother to a Ninja Turtle obsessed 4-year-old and a very sweet (but mostly sassy) one-year-old. Before working from home, I enjoyed my time as a Behavioral Health Nurse. When I get a moment to myself, nothing makes me happier than eating cookie dough ice-cream, going shopping (kidless), catching up on my favorite Netflix shows, or soaking in a nice warm bubble bath. My family and I recently relocated to Idaho where we love living the simple life.


How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party — 22 Comments

  1. We love Cupcakes and having the cupcakes is much easier than having a big cake! I always plan on getting things done a head of time and making the food that I serve easy to make.

  2. I really love that princess cupcake dress! I would love to make one of them for my girls. I think I’ll be trying something like that next time they have a birthday. I bet they’re gonna love it!

  3. I love how creative you got with the food, the cupcakes all put together to make that cake was quite cool. And that healthy smiley face is just waiting to be snacked on!

  4. Making a list of all the things i need to do is always a big help when i am planning a party. These are great tips.

  5. These are great tips for planning the perfect birthday party! I have birthdays coming up so I have to start planning soon!

  6. Well, that is one special cake for the birthday princess! Very, very cute! It really is the perfect party! The Legend of Geoffrey story time is adorable! I don’t remember Toys R Us offering that when my kids were younger.

  7. What cute party ideas! My oldest is a member of this club and looks forward to the $3 coupon each year.

  8. I would say make it simple. I tend to over think things and spend so much time setting up, then I miss the whole party

  9. Oh the princess party cupcakes are so adorable!!! I always try to plan so I can make as much as I can ahead of time.

  10. I love that dress cupcake! It is so cute! If my son was a little younger he would have loved this club! I Love all the decorations you have there!