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					What the party needs
Planning any party should be based on a plan and
consider how many people, food, theme, and
activities. These basic considerations can
sometimes get overlooked. Preparing ahead of
time can make all the difference between a great
party and a weak one. Making a schedule and
planning out the details should be the first step
towards planning your party. Here are some quick
tips that will help you get started:

       Venue Quotes: There are many types of needs and people to consider when doing a party.
        Some people may not want to use their personal residence as a venue for their child’s party;
        they may opt for a facility that can host and provide services and accommodations. It is good to
        get a budget of the cost per hour or to rent a room for the day. Holding a party at the Local Park
        or playground is an option as well.
       Food: Plan on how much food or dessert you will need. Find out what you would then like to
        provide and plan accordingly. A birthday party may include: cake, ice cream, utensils, drinks,
        etc… By preparing food ahead of time and shopping you can save money and have a great
        party.
       Activity: Depending on the venue there can be a number of activity options that can be fun for
        everyone. For example renting a bounce house can keep all of the kids occupied and give the
        parents a chance to rest and talk. Others may want to do a craft project or have the kids play
        games. There are many variations and many activities to choose from.

What to do
Now that you have an idea from the tips on how to plan your party it is time to put the tips to good use.
There are many options to choose from on what to do for a party. Keep in mind the budget you want to
maintain. The average birthday party is between $200 to $300 which maybe affordable to some and
                                                    unrealistic for others. If there is a bigger budget
                                                    some may want to rent out some bowling lanes
                                                    and then have pizza and food for everyone.
                                                    Others may want to go to a water park and then
                                                    have a place set up for the food afterwards.

                                                      On the other hand the party can be quite simple
                                                      by including some games, using a free venue like a
                                                      public park and just have cake and ice cream. Or
                                                      you can serve a light lunch or appetizers and make
                                                      it a short party. Or the party could have a theme
and all of the guests dress up or participate in games or activities centered on the idea. Depending on
what you decide to do is also based on how many people you invite and who confirms that they are
coming. Make sure you send out invitations so you get the estimated attendance so you can plan
ahead.

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