To simplify the party planning process for you, we have developed the following list that you can use as a reference when selecting your party supplies. Please note that you may not need everything on the list; it is intended only as a guide.
- Thank You Notes
- Favor Bags or Boxes and Favor Items (traditionally 3-5 items per set, plus candy or another treat)**
- Drinks & Ice
- Food for a Meal
- Ice Cream
- AA, AAA, C, and/or D Batteries (for your camera and any presents that may require batteries)
- Cake Candles & Matches
- Cake Platter & Serving Knife
- Extra Table & Chairs
- Ice Bucket
- Regular Camera & Film/Digital Camera & Memory Card
- Serving Dishes/Bowls
- Video Camera & Video Tape
*Be aware that latex balloons can pose a choking hazard for young children. Mylar balloons are a safe alternative that, if punctured, do not break into small, potentially hazardous pieces. Additionally, fewer people are allergic to Mylar material than to latex.
**People often ask if it is necessary to give party favors. The answer is ‘yes’ if you are planning to invite children age 4+ since, unfortunately, many older children are conditioned to expect them. However, the favor bags certainly do not need to be expensive or junk-filled. A take-home craft such as a decorated flowerpot with a seed packet or a “jewel”-encrusted treasure box can double as an activity and a favor. You can also purchase age-appropriate party favor sets.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
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- Party Planning 101: Our useful party planning guide includes cake ideas, party etiquette tips, a printable guest list, and much more.
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- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- Party Ideas: Browse our list of over 150 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.