How to Throw a Birthday Party in an Hour | Birthday Party Ideas

tips for hosting a birthday party

Truthfully, I just wanted to share a few glimpses into Isla’s third birthday party. It is so fun to see how your child thrives when they take center stage for a day. Let’s just say that she wore her crown proudly. Anyways, you know me, despite my best intentions, I’m always last minute. Adalyn had a couple pieces of art on display at our school district’s art show, so we enjoyed some of the festivities and watched her proudly show off her work and then put the girls down for a nap. I took a deep breath, hopped in the car and began planning Isla’s last minute birthday party. Fortunately, you can get just about everything you need from your local grocery store!

tips for hosting a birthday party

Here are my tips for throwing a last minute birthday party:

tips for hosting a last minute party

tips for hosting a last minute birthday party

Don’t underestimate your grocery store bakery. A lot of great cake decorators work in grocery store bakeries for benefits! In fact, one of the best I know worked for Target bakery for years before opening her own boutique. Send them a photograph of what you want and see if they can accommodate you. Adalyn had an adorable Hello Kitty cake for her birthday party and Ani had darling Hello Kitty cupcakes, made just down the street, which saves an extra trip to a bakery!

easy last minute party decorations

Keep it simple. Adjust your expectations.

tips for hosting a birthday party

Shop your home. Rather than purchasing an abundance of party supplies, shop your home for party decorations. I repurposed a few pieces of art from Isla’s rooms and used her name banner in lieu of a Happy Birthday banner. I know it’s not much, but it’s enough to make the space feel special and celebratory. We’re working on nap time, friends.

last minute party decorations

tips for hosting a last minute birthday party

Create a last minute flower arrangementThis simple centerpiece took less than 10 minutes and $10 to make. Get the details here.

last minute party decorations

Be eclectic. Mix and match your china and everyday dishes, just try to stick to one color palette.

tips for hosting a birthday party

Offer a signature drink. For Isla’s party it was just water infused with strawberries I made 30 minutes before guests arrive in a pitcher so that guests could easily serve themselves. It’s a great way to reduce stress when hosting a last minute birthday party.

tips for hosting a birthday party

tips for hosting a birthday party

Have fun! That’s what it’s all about.

tips for hosting a birthday party

I was so thankful for beautiful weather so that we could host in our outdoor living room and adjoining outdoor dining room to celebrate our sweet little babe.

How to host a last minute birthday party

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“Your eyes are wider than before…so little has changed buy your eyes now see much more.” – Scott Matthews

tips for hosting a birthday party

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

 

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