A Supermom’s Guide to Party Planning

I’ll be at teaching at Pinners Conference in Arizona on Friday & Saturday, October 6th & 7th. You can get tickets here (Use code: SUPERMOM for a discount). You can also buy tickets at the door, and they will also be live streaming my class so you can watch even if you’re not in AZ! I’ll be sharing my simplified approach to party planning. I thought I’d share some highlights with you today.

Do you remember Attalie’s Egyptian Birthday Party from about four years ago? It was so fabulous but completely overboard. Since I’m called on to throw parties, mostly baby showers, almost monthly, I started paying attention to those details that really had the most impact, and more importantly those things that were particularly time consuming but left little lasting impression.

I’ve distilled it down into a super-simple party planning formula. The key to a fabulous celebration — one that will be remembered for years to come — is to keep things simple and focus in on a few special details that will truly enhance your guest’s EXPERIENCE.

I think the highlight of my party planning class will be this free printable party planner worksheet I recently created. Naturally I couldn’t keep such a fab free printable from you, and I know you’ll want to be sure to pin this post so you’ll be able to find it easily in the future!

Love this free printable party planning worksheet via @PagingSupermom

How to plan a kid's birthday party without getting overwhelmed! via @PagingSupermomDownload the free printable Supermom Party Planning Worksheet

The main goal of this worksheet is to help you filter out and choose only the best, most worthwhile things to do.

I find that when most people, myself included, set out to plan a party, the first stop is usually Pinterest, am I right? Pinterest is a great brainstorming tool, but it’s kind of like a power tool… useful but dangerous if not used safely LOL!

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

Pinterest is filled with SO MANY IDEAS, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed, and that’s not just in regards to parties. Controlling the urge to compare yourself and your life to what you see on Pinterest, is vital for your own happiness.

Back to parties though, if you try to take on too much you’re likely to drive yourself completely crazy or perhaps give up altogether. So be cautious, and while you’re in the brainstorming stage, collect as many ideas as you like. Then print out this handy form and narrow things down so you’ll have a plan for a pinterest-worthy party that is totally doable!

Love this free printable party planning worksheet via @PagingSupermom

In my class I will also be sharing a list of my must have party supplies, which is something several of my friends have been bugging me for. Below are my must-have serving pieces… these are the things I love and use all the time. Please don’t feel the need to go get everything all at once, it’s taken me years to collect my whole stash of party stuff, and that is totally fine. Hopefully this list can just help you plan and maybe you can add a few things to your Christmas or birthday wish lists.

Paging Supermom's must-have serving pieces for a hostess
1. cb2 cuatro platters | 2. white tuxton serving bowls | 3. white 12-in cake stand | 4. clear glass drink dispenser | 5. glass heritage jars | 6. metals scoops | 7. metal pom tongs | 8. plain silver ladle | 9. metal sign holder clips or rings

As far as party decor, you should definitely hit up My Mind’s Eye, which is my source for THE BEST handmade-looking party decor (in case you missed me raving about them here). They are offering 30% off to my Pinners Class, but you know I hate to leave you out. The code is “AZpinners” (valid through October 2017) …. but shhh! you didn’t hear that from me ;)

This white butcher paper is my go-to for disposable table covers. It is the perfect size for covering a standard folding table. Use it plain or paint on stripes, dots, etc. It as cheap (maybe even cheaper) than disposable plastic tablecloths, which I hate because they’re see-through and just look, well, cheap!

30% off My Minds Eye party decor -- looks like handmade and great prices via @PagingSupermom

Also if you haven’t already gotten your Super Mom tee, you can get it for a great deal… just $17.95 (regularly $29.95) plus free shipping with code “superpinners.”

I want one of these Super Mom Tees designed by @PagingSupermom

Love this free printable party planning worksheet via @PagingSupermom

Download the free printable Supermom Party Planning Worksheet

great ideas for simplifying how to plan a kid's birthday party via @PagingSupermom