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Birthday Party Planning Guide
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BirthdayExpress.com is every host’s secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Paris Damask party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you’re busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!
4-6 Weeks Before the Party
Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.
Create Guest List
Just fill out the handy list in this guide!
BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option
Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts
BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.
Book Entertainment (optional)
2 Weeks Before the Party
Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.
Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.
Create List of Parent Phone Numbers
Keep on hand in case of emergency.
Plan Party Menu
Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.
Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies
This guide has ideas that match your party theme!
2-3 Days Before the Party
1 Day Before the Party
Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice
Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.
Childproof & Decorate Party Area
Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.
Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas
Invite your party child to help!
Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium
After the Party
Include party photos!
Parisian Themed Film
- Parisian-themed film (i.e. Rugrats in Paris or Anastasia)
Get the party guests in a Parisian state of mind by watching a fun, family friendly French themed film! Watch the cartoon movie Anastasia (a musical based on the story of Anastasia Romanov). The film centers on her journey to Paris to meet her long lost grandmother. If the party is for a younger child, watch Rugrats in Paris.
Have the girls get glammed up with various props and accessories and have them strut down the catwalk like they’re in a Paris Fashion Week runway show! Have parents and other party guests snap photos like paparazzi while each girl takes her turn.
- glitter gel
- construction paper
- scotch tape
Put out a spread of style magazines and let your little future fashionistas make fun fashion collages. If you have time, at the end, have them point out a few of the items on their collage and tell the group why they chose them.
Crossandwiches and French Fries
Estimated Total Time: 15 minutes
The French do love their croissants! Serve ham/cheese and turkey/cheese in croissants with French fries! (Have a plethora of sandwich toppings if you want to add a little variety)
Fabulous French Dessert Tray
Estimated Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 pkg frozen Eau Clair’s
- 1 pkg frozen Creampuffs
- 1 box of miniature tarts (from the bakery)
Make sure to defrost your Eau Clair’s and Creampuffs the night before the party. (Just move them from the freezer to the refrigerator) Set out a dessert tray of Eau Clair’s, Cream puffs and miniature tarts (all can be found in the frozen foods or bakery section at the grocery store) Ooh la la!
Sparkling Grape Juice with Strawberries
Estimated Total Time: 5 minutes
- 2 bottles of Sparkling grape juice
- 1 pkg of fresh strawberries
Serve white sparkling grape juice in plastic champagne flutes. Garnish with strawberries for a fun and fancy touch! Tre magnifique!