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Let the Planning Begin
Birthday parties are like road trips: Getting there is half the fun. Deciding on the theme, decorations, and activities makes the days leading up to the event seem like part of the celebration itself. It needn't be elaborate -- kids will be happy with a small party as long as they are made to feel special. Even a simple party requires planning; the sooner you start organizing, the earlier the excitement begins and the fewer details you'll have to work out on the day itself.
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Start planning six weeks before the big day, and schedule your party to-do's week by week.
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If your child's best friend can't come, change the date of the party. Then consider age and activities when creating the rest of the guest list and composing invitations.
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Whether you want to have your party at home or the YMCA, there are a few guidelines that will keep everyone happy.
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Timing is everything, and the right time of day for a party depends on your child's age -- as does the length of the party and number of guests.
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Setting and keeping a steady pace at a party is as important as hiring an entertainer, organizing games, or opening gifts.