How does this party planning thing work anyway?
One of the questions I get the most is how the process works when planning a party with me. I want to take a few minutes and break it all down for you. I want to make this as stress-free for you as possible. So sit back, relax, and let me take the reins as I go over how this whole party planning thing works.
1. Give me the Event date and a Theme
The most important thing I need to know right away is when you want to have your party. This way I can go over my availability with you and let you know if I am free to host or set up that day. Giving me a theme is also super helpful in the planning process. If you aren't sure of a theme, I can help you come up with one.
2. Pick a Party Package
My Party Packages page lists some package options and additional services I provide with estimated prices (not including sale tax). Browse through this and try to select what you want. This gives me a better idea of what ideas I need to gather and what I need to provide for your event. If you aren't seeing what you want, just send me a message and I can customize a package for you based on what you need.
3. Make your Choices
After you have given me a date, a theme, and told me what services you want, I will start making a document of party plan options for you. During this time, I will keep in contact with you and will finish the plan within 2-5 business days. I will e-mail you the document when I am done and you can peruse it at your convenience and decide which decor, games and activities you want to choose.
4. Meet and sign Contract
After you have made your choices, I will meet with you in person so we can go over the details of your party. I love being able to sit down with people and having a one-on-one conversation. I find that can get lost in this busy technological world we live in. I will go over any concerns you have, take notes of what you want, and answer questions. At this time, I will go over the contract with you and if you decide to use me to plan your party, you can sign the contract. 50% of the total will be due upon signing the contract, or you can choose to pay in full. This amount is non-refundable. If you pay half, the remaining amount will be due within 1 business day before your event. I accept cash, checks, and Paypal at this time.
5. Putting it into Action
Then comes the real fun; getting to put the plans into action. I will start gathering decor items, making games and activities etc. for your party. You can be as involved in this process as you want. I can set up times for you to come shopping with me or I can do it alone. Along the way, I will send you updates of my progress. This way you know for sure your party is being worked on and you get to have a sneak peek :)
6. It's Party Time!
On the date of your party, if I am setting up, I will arrive at least one hour prior to your event at the event location. If I am not setting up for your party, I will get you the materials and directions for setting up 1-3 days before your party (unless other arrangements are made). I will collect some of the materials and games after the party is over either when I clean up if I am doing that, or will gather it a couple of days later. I will provide you a box to keep my items in. I also ask that you allow a small sign to be put out on one of the tables advertising my business, along with some of my business cards. I like to have pictures as well to put on my website (mainly of the decor and I don't have to get kids' faces). I will never put names or addresses on the pictures. A consent form will be signed if you allow me to take pictures at your party.
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There you have it; the steps for a successful party from A.M.'s Party Palooza. If you follow these steps, the process will be smooth sailing. I am here to take the stress of off you, so let A.M. Parties bring the party to you! Contact me today if you need help planning your next event.
It's the first day of April and there's no fooling around here about this next party theme idea I have to share with y'all! When I start thinking of April, the saying "April showers brings May flowers" comes to mind and it would be such a unique birthday party theme. Those born in April could totally pull this off, boys or girls. So get out your umbrellas and join me for an April Showers party theme.
I just love the decor options for this party theme. My absolute favorite is the first option pictured to the left above. It's just so awesome! Get some umbrellas from Dollar General or somewhere similar, fake flowers or make them with tissue paper, blue balloons for raindrops, watering cans, white streamers, and some fishing wire to complete this look. Another option is to have small umbrellas with white beads hanging from them to look like raindrops as centerpieces on the tables (pictured in the middle above). I would include small fake pots of flowers for the name place cards, which you can usually find at the Dollar Tree around this time of year. I also love the option of using the rain boots to hold flowers underneath umbrellas and ribbons (pictured to the right above). I would include the saying "April showers brings May flowers" somewhere on a sign of some sort.
Some game and activity options are popping balloons shaped like an umbrella to reveal prizes (pictured to the left), painting umbrellas that the guests get to take home (pictured in the middle) and making an April showers picture complete with tissue paper flowers (pictured to the right). I would modify these ideas by using different colored balloons for the umbrella to make it look more like Spring (the game pictured was actually for a Mary Poppins party) and I would offer other ways for the guests to decorate their umbrellas. They could do polka dots like pictured, or use paint pens, stencils and paint, etc. I love that decorating an umbrella doubles as their party favor as well.
This theme is just too cool for an April birthday party and would definitely be a party your guests would talk about for weeks to come, because it's just so unique. If you would be interested in having a party like this for your child, please reach out. I would love to make this happen for you. This theme could easily be used for a baby shower as well. I just chose to highlight it as a birthday party. If you need any help planning a party, contact me today. Let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!