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Summer Calendar Tip

If you like to plan out camps and vacations on paper first, here's a pretty printable calendar!

Complete Kids' Birthday Party Checklist

Need a party planner for your child's bithday? Whether you start 4 months before the big day, throw it together in 2 weeks, here is a list of things to do to throw a successful birthday party.

Use the list as is, or save it in your free Cozi family organizer so you can add to do items to the calendar, make a shopping list for supplies, and see it all on your iPhone or Android phone to get things done on the go. 

Kids' Birthday Party Checklist

  • SIX WEEKS BEFORE
  • Choose a theme with your child
  • Determine the guest list
  • Reserve your party venue or hire a party entertainer
  • FOUR WEEKS BEFORE
  • Prepare your invitations
  • Ask for an updated class list from your child’s teacher
  • Determine games, activities and menu to match your party theme
  • If ordering a cake, place your order
  • THREE WEEKS BEFORE
  • Mail invitations
  • Purchase party supplies, especially if ordering on-line
  • Arrange for extra help, if necessary
  • ONE OR TWO WEEKS BEFORE
  • Create a party flow schedule
  • Purchase more party supplies as needed
  • Call families who have not yet responded to your invitation
  • THREE DAYS BEFORE
  • Purchase food
  • Purchase batteries for camera
  • Charge video camera
  • Call entertainer to confirm appearance and expectations
  • Call party venue to confirm all details
  • Assemble party favors
  • ONE OR TWO DAYS BEFORE
  • Bake cake or pick up pre-ordered cake
  • Confirm help if using extra help
  • Decorate home or gather decorations for party venue
  • Prepare make-ahead food
  • ONE WEEK AFTER
  • Send thank you notes!

See more shopping and to do lists in the Cozi List Library.

Lisa Kothari is a kids' party expert and owner of Peppers and Pollywogs, a web-based company all about kids' parties. Her book, Dear Peppers and Pollywogs...What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids' Partie, answers all sorts of questions that come up when planning the big event.

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