Magic Theme Party
or Wizard Theme Party
Planning Guide, D-Day Minus Four Weeks
Decide on a party date and
time. Be certain you do not have conflicts with other important events and that
"best friends" etc are available. Sometimes changing the day of the
week or the time of the party can avoid these problems. Bring the birthday child
in on the planning.
Figure out who and how many
children to invite. Friends, classmates relatives etc. One guide line suggestion
is that the number of children invited should be equal to the child's age plus
two. This number does not include adults. It is not an iron clad rule however an
ideal party for a six year old would be about eight kids. Try not to go much
over this number. The guide is an ideal or target number only.
Their are several decisions you
will have to make and the earlier you make them the easier things become It
is important to decide on the parties Theme. Parties with a theme are much more
interesting and fun for the kids. I recommend Magic to ensure the
parties success. All kids love magic so you can be sure it will be a winner.
Make a list of how much of everything you will need, decorations, invitations,
include paper plates, napkins, plastic knives and forks. Plan what type of food,
and finger food you want to serve. Pizza, long sandwiches, hot dogs, work fine.
It does not have to be elaborate. Plan the decoration for the cake. For a Magic
Theme Party a Top Hat with a rabbit coming out of it is great or merely a
top hat with a cane. A Harry Potter reference will look good. Napkins,
plates etc.. should be black or magical. Accessories with Harry Potter pictures
are available and just right. You can find them at any retail Party Store.
If you intend to hire a magician start looking for one at least a month in
advance. Good magicians get booked early. Tables and adult chairs make the party
comfortable for adults. Plan your party favor bag.
Free Party Planning Guide, D-Day Minus Three Weeks
It is time to write up and
address invitations. See my free invite for a free download of Magic invitations
Ask for an RSVP. Keep a count of how many accept so you can judge the amount of
food and supplies to purchase.
Plan the games and activities
you would like to use. Most parties run about two hours. Have an extra game
ready in case you need it.
Decide where to hold the party.
If you plan to have a Magician, Do not have the show Outdoors if at
all possible. What might look like a great day is a disaster to a Magician.
If you are worried about the mess have the games and food outside and only the
show indoors. No matter where you hold it do not serve or have food available in
the show area.
If possible arrange to get a
friend, another parent or relative volunteer to help on the day of the party.
They can help in picking up last minute stuff at the store, decorating or in
managing the kids while you are busy.
Free Party Planning Guide, D-Day Minus One Week
Order, or bake, the cake. Order
or prepare and freeze any foods you will need. Confirm any orders placed.
Chairs, tables, etc. If appropriate, allow the birthday child's brothers or
sisters to invite one special friend so they will not feel left out. Make a
final plan of activities, delegate responsibilities to volunteers. Pick up party
supplies at local party store. Projects, such as making the Party Decorations,
Party Hats etc. are great to get all of your children involved.
Free Party Planning Guide, D-Day Minus Two or Three Days
Buy last minute food such as
chips, dips, hot dogs, buns, etc. Order balloons. Buy batteries film and flash
bulbs. Get Video Camera ready. Call any invited guest who hasn't responded.
Free Party Planning Guide,
D-Day Minus One
Pick up the cake, balloons, any
last minute needed items. Decorate the party area. Go through area and look for
things which could be broken or which could possibly hurt a child. Get candles.
Arrange for pets to be out of the way and comfortable.
Free Party Planning Guide,
D-Day Minus Zero
Set out nonperishable foods.
Prepare foods that you planned on cooking. Put several balloons outside your
home so your guests can find your home easily. Remember to have fun.