Celebrations will always be us. Whether it’s about commemorating an anniversary or honoring achievers, we always find time to pay tribute to successes and milestones by way of parties or other celebratory social gatherings. Some people even plan these events for months or even years. Organizing a party is exciting as it is challenging (and sometimes stressful), depending on factors like how the big event is in terms of the number of people attending and what’s at stake. A corporate event may make or break a company’s image or corporate identity, so a lot of time, energy, and resources are usually put in to make the event a success.

Photo credit: Anders Ruff Custom Designs via Flickr
Photo credit: Anders Ruff Custom Designs via Flickr

Even if the event you’re organizing is a simple birthday bash, it would still involve good planning and lots of creativity. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to make sure that all the bases are covered in terms of planning a birthday party (this list is not arranged according to priority):

How many guests are expected to attend?

Determining the number of people that is going to grace the occasion is one of the major aspects in holding a successful party. Your decision on how much food you’re going to prepare and the size of the event venue will be based on how many or how few are expected to be there at the party.

When is the event?

Even though common sense dictates that the party will be held on the day of one’s birthday itself, you still have to consider the availability of the guests you’re going to invite. People are usually free from their work or school commitments during weekends, so it would be ideal to hold the event on a Saturday or a Sunday. Additionally, be sure to inform your expected guests at least two or three weeks before the event day so they will have enough time not only to organize their schedule, but also in confirming their attendance.

What type of birthday is it going to be?

A party is more exciting if it has a theme. If it’s a children’s party, there are tons of theme ideas out there — from superheroes to cartoon characters. Be sure to inform the guests if they need to come in their costume and what type of costume they should wear. When purchasing party supplies, be sure to get those that also complement the theme you have. For party supplies Perth or Australia-wide, you can check out items at partiesonline.com.au.

What is my budget?

You may have everything figured as far as how your party will turn out to be, but you may not have the funds to finance it. Always work within the available budget you have. As long as you know how to maximize the resources you have, you can still pull off a great party even when you have to resort to austere spending.

Where should the event be held?

The venue is another major aspect to consider. Holding the party at home may give you savings since you don’t have to pay for venue rental fees, but you will have to deal with the arduous task of tidying up after the event. Renting a facility, although an added expense, frees you the burden of cleaning up after the party.

If you can provide answers to these questions, you’re on your way to organizing a birthday party that’s headed for success.