Of course you want your child’s birthday party to go off without a hitch.  Even though it’s a big hassle for you to plan the festivities, you want your little tyke to have the time of his life, along with a dozen or so of his friends.  But if you work from home, you may find that juggling the job, the house, and the needs of your kids can be a bit stressful, and throwing party planning into the mix may end up being the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  So how can you put together a great birthday party when you can’t even find the time to change out of your PJs?  With a lot of determination and a little help, you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to planning an amazing birthday party for the little light of your life.

For starters, consider a themed party.  This may sound like extra work, but in fact, it can save you time when it comes to planning.  If you know you’re throwing a pirate party or a luau, you already have built in ideas for decorations, food, and games.  This means you won’t be racking your brain to try to pull together all the disparate elements.  In addition, many party stores offer themed party accessories, so all you have to do is find the right aisle and pile everything into your cart.  And when it comes time to send out invitations, you can browse the net to find a printable birthday card or you can create an Evite that goes along with your theme.  All you have to do is make one invitation, send it out to everyone, and check back daily for RSVPs.

You should also consider asking for some help.  If you know the mothers of some of your child’s classmates or friends, do not be afraid to ask them if they’d be willing to come by early to help you set up.  Most of them will be happy to help, especially if you offer to return the favor when their child’s birthday rolls around (or set up a sleepover in the coming weeks so they can have an adult night out).  Swapping these types of favors ensures that everyone gets a little help here and there as well as creating a community spirit that benefits all.

Of course, professional help isn’t a bad idea, either.  If you have no idea how you’re going to get everything done, hire someone who can.  Get a cleaning crew in to tidy up the house (at least before the event, and possibly afterward, too).  Instead of making all the food yourself, employ a catering service (or simply order out for pizza).  As for decorations and entertainment, you can always hire a professional party planner to take over the duty of making sure all the kids are having a good time.  Unfortunately, professional services can cost quite a bit (and as a work-at-home mom, you may be on tight budget, for money as well as time), so consider this only as a last resort.

Really, the best thing you can do is set aside a little time to plan everything out.  Early planning will ensure an easier job and less stress down the road so that when your child’s birthday actually rolls around, you can relax and enjoy their special day, rather than running out for items you forgot or stressing about entertaining a dozen kids with nothing more than your sparkling wit.

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