DIY Party – How to Plan a Successful Kiddie Party

Staging parties require a lot of planning.  Between my two kids, I’ve hosted more than ten parties.   I’ve given parties in big venues.  I have also attempted to host smaller scale celebrations in restaurants and clubhouses  which really tested my Mommy skills in budgeting and  in being creative.

In this post, I want to share my daughter R’s  Purr-fect HELLO KITTY Party.  It took me two months to organize this.  I’ve outlined the steps that will help you plan your own.

1 .SET A BUDGET – A budget determines everything else.

2. CHOOSE A THEME –    I chose Hello Kitty because my daughter is a big fan of the feline character.  Choosing a popular character also makes it easy to purchase giveaways and prizes as these are readily available in the market.

3. DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF GUESTS – This has been a perennial problem for me.  No matter if I assign the number of  guests in the invitation, more people come than are invited.

4. BOOK THE PARTY PLACE – I chose CHILI’S in Alabang  Town Center.  I’ve used Chili’s before and I liked their food and service.  (For 60 adults and 30 kids, average cost PHP 38,000)   If your house is big enough or you have a garden that can be transformed into a party place then you can certainly save more by holding your celebration in your home.  (You have to cook or book a caterer. In addition, you have to clean up after a tiring party. )

Choose the menu

-Always go for buffet for adults and plated for kids.  Kids almost always never finish what’s on their plate.  You can take home whatever is left in the buffet.

DIY Let's Eat

I brought in PRITSON!

Bargain for freebies

-Free party banner, use of microphone, sound system, party hats etc. I always ask for free corkage.

5.PRINT YOUR INVITATION – CHILI’S offers free invitations but since I’m the Queen of OC, I designed my own invitation and had it printed.  Invitations must be sent out two weeks prior to the event.  This will allow you to gauge how many will attend and how many you can still invite

6. BOOK YOUR PARTY HOST – This is very important!!! A great party host will make or break your party.  Since I didn’t get any party planner , I booked the host-magician myself. (Good hosts/magicians rates : PHP8,000 to14,000)

DIY MAGIC

I initially wanted to use in-house hosts. I changed my mind and booked a seasoned host magician. His performance wowed everybody!

DIY Fan the Peel

The kids had a great time in the “Fan The Banana” Game ! 🙂

DIY Guests Having Fun

Even the adults had fun during the “Name That Tune ” Game! 🙂

 

7. BOOK  ALL OTHER  SUPPLIERS – I wanted a Candy Bar and a Sanrio themed Dessert Bar for the guests to enjoy.  I had  worked with BAKED TWINKLES in my previous parties. Nikko Saulo did a wonderful job in creating and capturing the look I envisioned.

DIY Sanrio Dessert Table

Sanrio – themed dessert table. I work with suppliers who are aware of my exacting and high standards. BAKED TWINKLES definitely made an excellent job , as you can see. Everything tasted so good!

 

DIY Dessert Collage

It’s all in the details! Princess Hello Kitty ombre cake , french macarons, meringue tree, Sanrio mousse, Kitty Krispie Pops, cupcakes , Kitty choco pops with ribbons.

 

8. GO TO DIVISORIA –  People, please don’t pretend you’re too high brow to go to DV.  🙂  Everybody goes to this hot, humid and crowded mecca of goods.   I was able to buy my cutie  Kitty give-away bags , prizes and giveaways from here.

DIY Giveaways

I had the Hello Kitty tumblers made for the girls and NINJAGO tumblers for boys. In addition I gave out Kitty bags and NINJAGO loot bags! 🙂

 

9. GET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS INVOLVED – You can ask your girlfriends/relatives to man the registration table, put numbers in the gifts and usher your guests inside.

DIY Nail Station

My BFF’s have been manning my registration table for the past ten years! Another friend Mia owns Mia’s Nail Art and she gave both adults and girls fabulous nail designs. 🙂

 THE BQP’S MESSAGE

DIY- Family Collage

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE! WE LOVE YOU!

 

The whole point of having a party is to celebrate the special day of a beloved.  I like to hold parties because I want to show my children how much I love them.  Yes, it takes money to stage a gathering.  But, more than that it takes precious TIME.  It is the effort that I put in all of these that I hope my kids will remember.   Beautiful memories cannot be bought.  It can only be experienced.  I am merely setting up the stage where happiness can be possible.  Judging from the guests faces, they had a fantastic time!  Seeing my normally moody  daughter mingling with guests and enjoying herself totally — now,  that’s PRICELESS.

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34 replies
  1. Zetti says:

    When I was there I loved attending your parties Tita BQP. Also thank you for keeping some giveaways for me though I am miles away. 🙂

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    • thebusyqueenp says:

      Don’t worry Zetti. R will have her next big celebration two years from now. Maybe you can visit then. 🙂

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  2. haroldmonica1989 says:

    My husband and his male friends (who are also dads themselves) were always the team preparing kiddie parties for each of their friends’ kids. Thank goodness for them! I am such a party pooper that I don’t really know how to set things in motion. It’s such a wonder to see dads taking the lead in occasions like kiddie birthday parties. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the games. I told them they could pass for the Boyoyong clowns. Ha ha ha!

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  3. Mabie Achuchu says:

    I enjoyed reading, Ms. BQP! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 My sister and I are actually already planning for my niece’s first birthday (this September). It’s our family tradition to have a big bash for our first birthdays, so everyone’s super excited!

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  4. sherry ann gole cruz says:

    wow,nice party,thanks for the info and some tips,i also wanted a hello kitty party for my baby bella,she really adores hk so much!i just hope it will be a successful one like yours,im not really good in planning party so i always ended booking in a fast food so i wont worry too much! happy birthday to your princess also,she’s really cute and adorable!

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  5. Kate Q says:

    The Queen really knows how to throw a party! R will have so much fun going through pictures of all her parties growing up. Mom and I love to reminisce together and she always feels nostalgic after. ❤

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    • thebusyqueenp says:

      The celebrations are made all the more special because we are surrounded by dear family and friends! Thanks Kate!

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  6. Achie says:

    I always love your patries BQP. Preparing for them has always been a great adventure/bonding with my girlfriends

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  7. Vicenta Rada says:

    Very informative.Thanks for posting a useful tips Mam BQP. You had a very well-organized Birthday Party.:) Very entertaining talaga kapag may katulad na magician shows lalo’t na magaling mag host. Focus lahat sa kanya ang attention ng mga bisita.Lahat namamangha sa ginagawa niyang tricks.I’m sure lahat ng mga bisita,had enjoyed and fun.I’m attending some birthday parties, may ibang host na lousy mag dala ng programs. 🙂 Right after the party parang wala lang nangyari.hehehe. I’m DV shoppers also specially for the tokens. Yup daming magagandang dun at daming mapagpipilian.Ikaw na ang bahalang mag personalized. Happy Blogger Mam BQP.More power to you.God Bless you and your Family.

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  8. Mabel says:

    Its always a pleasure to be invited to M & R’s birthday parties. I believe that these tips willl work since the parties we attended were so fabulous and truly exciting. Thumbs up to you BQP!

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  9. Honeyleth says:

    Wow! Your ideas are great! Very informative. Now I know how,what and where to start in planning my daughters 6th birthday party! Yey! Thank you

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  10. Ava Espanola says:

    WELL SAID!!! 🙂 happy to witness this very cute kitty party last year 🙂 sarap the food!!! i want the dessert setup 🙂 —- The whole point of having a party is to celebrate the special day of a beloved. I like to hold parties because I want to show my children how much I love them. Yes, it takes money to stage a gathering. But, more than that it takes precious TIME. It is the effort that I put in all of these that I hope my kids will remember. Beautiful memories cannot be bought. It can only be experienced. I am merely setting up the stage where happiness can be possible. Judging from the guests faces, they had a fantastic time! Seeing my normally moody daughter mingling with guests and enjoying herself totally — now, that’s PRICELESS.

    Reply
  11. Joanne Gonzalez says:

    Hi, how many were your guests in Chili’s? I want to hold my son’s birthday in ATC as well but I’m not sure if it will accommodate my guest list :-/

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    • thebusyqueenp says:

      Heloo Joanne, Sorry for the delayed reply. I had around 80 to 90 guests. We occupied the whole first floor of Chili’s. I had to measure the place to be able to put all my booths and have my guests sit comfortably, I also used the bar to put my giveaways! Hopw this helps!

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