When gathering ideas it is important to use your resources. Most importantly, requesting information from the guest of honor and if they are not sure ask questions. This can be done by asking them questions that will make their personality stand out. Certain cartoon characters, colors, animals, times in their life, culture, and entertainment are a start to what might personalize their party preparations. Birthday parties are most commonly designed around the guest of honor by their gender and age. If you or the guest of honor is having a hard time choosing a theme even after questioning personal interests, an easy trick to try is to run to the bakery. Many times they will have a cake book that shows cakes of different themes.
The item listed after the budget on the party planning checklist is usually your venue choice. If you are planning to have the party away from home the venue choice will cost money and will come out of your budget and a time will have to be arranged for decorations and so forth. If your party is going to be at home, and you have to hire a professional to come and clean some unwanted stains out of your rug the parties budget will be affected, making it an important listing in your checklist. Of course, if your home needs nothing besides some freshening up you may leave it off your list for now.