Organising a birthday party is never easy but it can be fun! It doesn’t matter who you are organising it for, you are going to want to make sure that you have everything that you need, and that it is going to make a great impression. To help you to hold the best party ever, we have put together a series of quick tips to help you pull off the ultimate celebration.

Always think about your party budget

One of the first things that you should consider when it comes to organising a party is your budget. Be realistic and don’t go crazy! This is going to have an impact on what you can organize, where you hold your party, what food you eat and how many people you invite. When you have set your date put money aside each month and stay on track by buying little and often. Use a budgeting tool such as our Budget Book to help you monitor what you’ve spent and to keep your receipts in order. There’s nothing worse than spending a fortune you haven’t saved for – you’ll b sure to end up with a post-party sore head!

Plan, plan and plan some more…

Planning a party can be super fun. What do you want to achieve? Do you want a theme? Where would you like to hold the event? Take time out, build an aspirational list of things you’d love to have at your party, compare it to your budget and narrow it down to what you can afford. Then, it’s helpful to write a ‘to do’ list and to allocate dates wherever possible so you can tick things off as you go. If you are struggling for inspiration, head to Instagram and search #partyplanner. Problem solved.

Create delicious food and drink and wow your guests!

So, even though many of us are embarrassed to admit it, a vol-au-vent does go down rather well, but why not be a little more creative with your catering? If it’s a party at home, think of food and drink which matches your theme. Perhaps you’d like to hold a beach-themed soiree so you could make some coconut curry and pineapple cocktails, or perhaps you’d like to host a 70’s theme with classic prawn cocktail, advocate and gateaux. If possible, try to cater for a range of diets, there’s nothing worse than going to a party only to be left with a bread roll with butter! One great source of quirky recipe inspiration is There are thousands of recipes collected from around the world. You are bound to find something that works for your theme!

Make sure your event invitations have all the information that they need

Your invitation will set the tone. It doesn’t need to cost much and actually, there are some great designs online. You could make them yourself and get your friends involved too. Be sure to reflect the theme of your party, but most importantly be sure to include the essentials – the time, the place, the method of response, diet specifics and any dress code. Plus, if you are holding any fundraising at your party, let your guests know in advance so they can collect their pennies in advance. A Google Image Search is a great place to start, simply type in ‘invitation ideas’ followed by your theme and be prepared to be inspired!

Don’t forget about gifts for the guests

Depending on the party, it’s often the host who is in receipt of fabulous gifts, but it’s lovely when guest have a little surprise themselves. Perhaps a themed gift such as a beach ball or a disco ball key ring. Who said it has to be serious? Head to Instagram for some serious gift inspo’, search #giftideas and you’ll be away!

We hope these quick tips have helped you to get started with planning the perfect birthday party. We’d love to hear more ideas so we can share them with our followers on social. Contact us on Instagram @boxcleverpress or via email to Have fun!