So you are having a birthday party at a venue. There was just not enough space at home or the thought of having a bunch of marauding kids and accompanying parents in your home was just too much to bear. Fair enough.
So you’ve booked a venue and have loaded up the car ready to drive off for your party.
Before you put that key in the ignition and drive away make sure you have the following things:
- Matches or lighter ( I can’t count how many times I’ve witnessed blind panic as parents realise they’ve nothing to light the birthday cake with. Not many people smoke these days, so do come prepared)
- The venue’s caretaker’s contact number ( in case of problems accessing the venue)
- Your door keys ( Easy to forget in the fuss to pack stuff for the party. It’s all good until you can’t get back in the house… )
- A list of guests and contact phone numbers of the parents in case of emergencies
- Your phone ( fully charged)
- Batteries for any camera/phone/ camcorder
- Entertainer‘s mobile phone number ( if using entertainment services)
- Checkbook or cash to pay the entertainer ( if using entertainment services)
- Tablewear ( plenty of cups /plates/ paper napkins/ tablecloths)
- Decorations (banners/bunting/balloons) and sticky tape or blue tack
- Party bags or going away gifts
- Food and drink for the guests
- Drink for the parents ( if you are serving wine, don’t forget the corkscrew!)
- Music player
- If organising your own games, sweets for prizes.
- The Birthday Cake with candles
- Black rubbish bags for clearing up
- A small first aid kit just in case ( try packing some arnica cream for bumps, plasters, cotton wool and antiseptic, maybe some sting relief for outdoor parties)
- A toilet roll ( just in case!)
- Pass the parcel ( if you are playing it)
So, it’s all packed, now off you go! Have fun like these children did !
- Birthday Party Paper Cut-Out (babyccinokids.com)