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.
If you do decide to make all the food yourself, you will need plan the menu and research food costs. These tasks will also need to be added to your checklist. Once you choose which option you would like, you will need to either book the venue or caterer. Make a special note on the checklist to confirm the party details a few days before the special event. A very important aspect of planning for the party is to make sure you have the right supplies. This includes everything from linens, to serving dishes to table and chairs. Make a list of all the party supplies you need and check to see what items you need to purchase, rental or borrow. Make sure and add this task to your checklist. Now that you know how handy party planning checklist can be, incorporate this simple tool into your next party and see how much easier planning can be.