Even though birthday parties are supposed to be exciting and enjoyable, they can also be stressful when you’re trying to arrange one. There’s no doubt about it that it can be a lot of pressure to get a birthday party absolutely right for a loved one if you care about them having a good time and nothing going wrong. Or, if you’re hosting a birthday party for yourself and inviting along a ton of guests, maybe you’re more worried about making sure everyone else has the best time instead of focusing on yourself. Either way, birthday parties can easily become a burden, especially when you have a huge guest list or event venue to plan.
So, how can you make sure to take the stress out of the birthday event?
Don’t Have a Dress Code or Theme
Of course, dress codes like or whacky novelty themes can be a whole load of fun – but they can also be stressful for those attending. If you have a very specific dress-up theme, this can leave people financially obligated to buy a new outfit to match the theme or even struggle to find something to wear that matches the theme in question. It can be a whole lot of extra stress to host a themed birthday party, both for the host and the attendees. Instead, not having a dress code and saying attendees can wear whatever they want – even their pajamas! – can leave everyone feeling more relaxed that they don’t have to go out and find a new outfit or worry about what to wear.
Hire a Bartender
Trying to plan ahead for what everyone would like to drink and then stocking up on a large selection of items can be stressful and expensive. Every guest will have their drink preferences, and it can be difficult to cater to that in advance. To avoid disappointed guests and to simply take out the stress of having to make and provide drinks for everyone, hire a professional service like instead so that they can keep your guests entertained with a variety of drinks all day, or all night, long.
Don’t Have the Party Be a Surprise
Surprise parties can be exciting and a bigger unexpected reveal for the person celebrating their birthday – but can also be a million times more stressful to plan and keep secret, especially if you have a lot of people to invite. Keeping the secret from the birthday-haver can be difficult, especially when you need to arrange a date on which everyone is available for the party (whilst also trying to keep it secret). So, ditch the surprise and be open about the party so you can speak with all guests and the birthday-haver to make sure the party suits everyone – and everyone can then get excited about it, too!
Remember: a birthday party is made special simply by loved ones being there and everyone having a relaxed time. If you’re putting too much focus on spending money and on novelty items and subsequently getting stressed, re-evaluate and instead focus on the simple things that will make it easier.