Whether throwing a first birthday party for a tiny tot, or hosting a teenager’s birthday bash, parents often make party-planning mistakes that result in a disappointed birthday girl or boy, offended guests, or just a true mess on their hands! With the help of party expert Lisa Kothari – author of “Dear Peppers and Pollywogs…What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties” – parents can be sure to avoid these ten worst party planning mistakes and rest easy about everything from invitations to party clean up!
Lisa Kothari’s Ten Worst Party Planning Mistakes:
1. Spending mega bucks on your child’s first birthday party. RESULT: An empty wallet and a memory your tiny tot will never remember!
2. Not doing something that revolves around the birthday child during his first birthday party. RESULT: Nothing to capture the special moment for your child.
3. Not following school guidelines regarding invitations. RESULT: Left-out classmates’ hurt feelings!
4. Assuming people will RSVP. RESULT: Not knowing how many guests to prepare for in time! **Hint: Although everyone expects people to RSVP, most people don’t due to busy schedules or forgetfulness. Avoid ending up with unexpected guests by:
Backing up your RSVP date to as many as 10 days in advance of the party.
Making sure to have the contact information of all party guests in order to be able to can call them for an answer as soon as the RSVP date passes.
Not including the place or address for the party; write, “Call for Directions” instead to get people calling for details and that RSVP!
5. Expecting parents to not stay at the party when kids are six-years-old and younger. RESULT: 20 extra guests who are looking for adult snacks and drinks!
6. Not listening to the child when planning the party. RESULT: A disappointed and disinterested birthday child.
7. Throwing spa parties for girls under the age of eight. RESULT: Concerned parents when their little girls come home made up well before they should be.
8. Arranging activities at your party that involve toy and water guns. RESULT: Offended parents and misunderstandings between the kids – many children have no access to guns and have no knowledge of how they can be meant for play!
9. Requesting guests to bring brand-name toys to the birthday child’s slumber party. RESULT: Stressed guests and parents who don’t own the specific toy and fear being ridiculed by their peers.
10. Over-planning teen parties. RESULT: Teens rebelling because all they really want is a party where they can hang out, chat, eat party food, and play video games!
For more of Lisa Kothari’s party etiquette advice, check out her recently-released Dear Peppers and Pollywogs…What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties, available at www.Amazon.com for $9.95. Also be sure to visit Lisa’s website at www.PeppersPollywogs.com before you plan your next celebration!