Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Easy tips and ideas for throwing the best birthday celebration for your friend | Lifestyle

Recently, a close friend of mine told me she was turning thirty but didn’t have any celebrations planned, so I decided to step in. She’s been a fantastic friend to me, and I wanted to do something to show her that. So I decided to organise her a surprise birthday celebration.

In case you fancy doing the same for a friend of yours, I thought I would share my party planning tips with you.

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Choose a suitable date
The first thing you need to do is choose a suitable date for the celebration. Ideally, you either want to choose a Friday or Saturday, so that no one has to worry about getting to bed early because of work.

One thing I would say is don’t plan the party for the actual day of their birthday. Your friend may have other ideas about how they want to spend their birthday, so plan the celebration for the weekend before.  

Pick a venue
The venue you choose will depend on how many people are on the guest list, for a smaller party, celebrating at your house could work well. For a larger event, you may need to hire a larger venue, such as a restaurant or hall.

Perhaps you would like to plan your celebration a little further from home, such as at a restaurant in Blackpool or Bristol. If you choose a venue that’s far from where you live, you could always organise hotel rooms so that you could stay there overnight.  

Send out invitations
Once you have set a date and chosen a venue, the next step is to create a guest list and send out the invitations. Although you are organising the celebration, it’s important to make sure that you invite the right people.

Unless it’s a surprise party, there is no reason you can’t get your friend involved in the guest list planning. At least find out whether she wants the party to be for just friends or friends and family, as this will give you an idea of who to invite.

It’s also worthwhile checking with your friend, to make sure that there isn’t anyone she doesn’t want to come along. If it’s a surprise, ask her partner of other friends if they can think of anyone, she wouldn’t want to include.

Organise a cake
It isn’t a celebration without a cake. If you are unsure about the type of cake your friend likes, try to find out. You can either get the topic of her favourite cake subtly into the conversation or you can ask her outright. Either way, it’s important to find out what her favourite cake is so that you can make or order it.

If you are a good cook and have the time to bake a cake, then there is no reason not to make the cake yourself. If you don’t have the time, choose a good bakery and put your cake needs into their hands.

Organising a birthday celebration for a friend is a lovely way to show them that you care. While it can be stressful organising a party or meal, if you are organised with your planning, it doesn’t have to be.

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