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Make sure your dearest and nearest are in the know and r.s.v.p early so you can have the closest to accurate amount of rentals, favors and catering available. It also helps to know whether you'll have some wiggle room for last minute invitees or party-crashers.
Get everything on your rental "wish list" by reserving your rental equipment early, usually three months in advance of your celebration date. However, during the popular summer season, June brides should make reservations as early as six months ahead of time to ensure the availability of certain equipment.
Whether you're hiring a DJ, Magician or a live band make sure to scope out your entertainment early. Every entertainer, group or sound system comes with it's own set of needs. You might require additional rentals like speakers, stands or risers, staging a mic or an easel - items you'll definitely want to factor in to your rental estimate.
Planning dinner-party seating requires providing place cards or escort cards, seating the elderly and children near restrooms and grouping close family and friends together.
For children under 8 years old, invite as many children as the child's age plus one. Some parents choose to add 1 or 2 to this equation. Only you can know your limits. Of course, as your child gets much older the formula will need revision.
The Invitation Equation:
Child's age + 1 = happy kids
Obviously this is just a guideline. Before you begin to plan your party think about your limits, strengths and weaknesses as well as the party area available to you.
It is important when planning a party to focus on the ages of the invitees. What may seem like an extremely simple game to an adult could prove to be quite complicated to a small child. Remember that the simple, repetative games are often the most popular for kids because they are familiar with the routine and experience a high success rate. The party games should focus on enjoyment for the entire group and not only on providing competition for one or two winners.