5 Birthday Party Planning Dilemmas - Solved!

Written by: Melanie Schlachter

As we prepare to host my daughter's third birthday party this weekend, my head is spinning with all of the little last minute details. Fortunately, I know I can turn to the trusty Discussion Forum to answer many of my party planning questions.

5 Birthday Party Planning Dilemmas:

  1. What's the proper etiquette on inviting classmates and siblings?
  2. To open presents during the party or not
  3. How to host a "no gifts please" party or consider a donation drive in lieu of gifts? 
  4. Goodie bags - yay or nay and coming up with creative party favor ideas?  
  5. What are party-friendly restaurants and catering options? 

Although we've always tried to keep our parties relatively low-key, these and other tips - on topics such as cakes, venues, themes, entertainment, or even whether to throw a party or not - have been invaluable with our party hosting.

THE Chicago Birthday Party Guide:

At NPN, we know parents are always looking for birthday party options so we've done a little homework for our members. Here is a list of some of our favorite birthday party spots. While this list is certainly not comprehensive, we've tried to provide the most up-to-date information possible (please be sure to contact each place you are considering to confirm the details). Download the NPN Birthday Party List!

Do you know of a great venue that should be included in this list going forward? Please email us at hi@npnparents.org.  Happy Birthday NPN Kiddos!

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM