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Two of my four children have birthdays within 10 days of each other in April. Little Rascal will turn 7 on the 20th and Babaganouski (my baby!) will turn 2 on the 30th.

It has been jibed at me, that for someone who loves to plan that I didn’t do such a great job of planning my kids arrival in this world. We have the April cluster then, Thinker will have his 10th birthday on 27th Nov and and less than two weeks later Possum will be 5 on 10th Dec. There are just some things (like conception) that you just can’t plan!

So when it comes to children’s birthday parties, I have quite a few checklists and spreadsheets that I like to use to help me through these busy periods. I have listed below, my main checklist.

EDIT: Each point is now linked to the post that I have written on the topic. Simply click on the heading to see further details on this point.

This list works like a to do list for me and allows for a methodical approach to planning the parties for the children.

(1). Overall family birthday party strategy.

(2). Party Themes.

(3). Invitations.

(4). Guest List.

(5). Food and Drink List.

(6). Games/Activities Plan.

(7). Decorations and Party Accessories.

(8). Party Week and Day Timetables.

(9). Emergency Plan.

(10). Thank You Notes.

I have links and spreadsheets to share for these points and will do so over the month of April, as I am planning parties for my two boys. On Thursday I will start off with: our family strategy for birthday parties, themes and invitations. Look forward to sharing tips on how you plan successful children’s birthday parties.

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  • A April 01, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    My baby turns 2 in May. Great article, thanks :)

    A’s last blog post..Where do they get these things from?!!

  • Guera April 01, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Oooh, I need these tips! Guerita turns 5 in May so I better get organised soon. Looking forward to it.

    Guera’s last blog post..I Swear I Didn’t Put Her Up To It

  • A Juggling Mum April 01, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    April is also a crazy month for us, 2 of my 5 kids were both born on the 18th, and no they arn’t twins they are 5 years apart :) It’s also my birthday on the 21st, my dad and sil both have birthdays in April and this year we have a wedding to go to as well. All I can say is thank goodness Easter was in March this year…lol!

    I can’t wait to see your spreadsheets etc :)

    Rachel xxx
    A Juggling Mum

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  • party planning April 01, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    great tips! Planning a party would be a lot easier now with this list.

    party planning’s last blog post..Organizing a Successful Party: The Different Elements of Party Planning

  • DelilahIris April 02, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for the tips! I only have one (Audrey 15 months old) but her birthday is 2 days after Christmas so these tips are very helpful to me.
    If you are ever looking for some cool DIY invitation ideas and printables, templates, etc… I found a great site – http://www.do-it-yourself-invitations.com

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  • Babyamore (Trish) April 02, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    My twins turn 2 in 3 months OMG !
    I am looking forward to your experience and ideas for two year old parties.
    I really need some pointers.

    Babyamore (Trish)’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday- want ,want, wanted !

  • Mary Green April 03, 2008 at 4:21 am

    This is a great list. My kids birthdays are two months a part, March and May. The only thing I would add is a gift list. Every time we call to invite more people to the party that is coming up we are asked what does the kid need. Our kids, like many, don’t need any more toys or clothes, so it hard to come up with what they need, and everyone wants you to make it easy on them. For the next party I plan to put a list together of things we could use, like savings bonds, diapers, socks, etc. It seems to be difficult to remember these all in the heat of the moment of inviting. You could use the list for your RSVP calls too. Just a thought I wanted to give ya, thanks for the tips!

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  • Stacey April 03, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I do something similar with the plan, though not down to timetables on the day, great idea though! I’ve got my girls’ birthdays 8 days apart so I’ve been wondering how to do parties, your idea sounds good when they are a bit older (my youngest is 8 months so not yet!) Thanks for the tips :) .

  • jeanie April 04, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Wrote this comment for the above post, but there seems to be an error in the processing?

    Anyhow – what I said:

    Well, I am glad that I googled you after I got your comment on mine! What a great way to organise – imagine how organised yours are, and then reverse to see how mine generally go!!

    I think I will blogline you – plenty of inspiration here.

    Oh, and thanks for stopping by!
    :) And by the way – April is a wonderful month to have a birthday.

    jeanie’s last blog post..Sparkies, sparklies, tuck-shop sagas and school holidays

  • Homemaker Barbi (Danelle Ice-Simmons) April 04, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Great tips – we also have a huge family with clustered birthdays!

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  • PlanningQueen April 05, 2008 at 10:54 am

    A and Guera – May is a superb month to have a birthday – mine is in May too :) .

    A Juggling Mum – Wow and I thought I had a busy April.

    Party Planning, Babyamore, Stacey, Jeanie and Homemaker Barbi – Thanks for dropping by and I hope that the birthday party series helps.

    Mary Green – Having a suggested list of gifts is a great idea, I will incorporate that into my planning thanks!

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    Thanks for participating in this week’s Carnival of Family Life, hosted at On the Horizon tomorrow, April 14, 2008! Be sure to drop by and check out all of the other excellent entries this week!

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  • Realistic Mom October 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm

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  • Hannah Montana Party Supplies January 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    ..,great help i must say.. this are the things that should be consider in a kids party… thanks… you got the completed list.. :)