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Winter birthdays are a perfect time to display your sense of style! There are many possibilities you could use, but there are just as many considerations too.
Here, we’ll show you how to choose a theme for your winter birthday party. This will include things like considering the birthday person, estimating the number of attendants, approximating the budget, deciding on a date, and selecting a theme.
For some people, this will mean festive and bright birthday flowers while for others it’s simply a well-wishing with a bit of cake. Whatever your goals, let these steps provide you with organization impetus while being wise about how you execute your plans.
1. Consider Who This Birthday Is Going to Be For
Before beginning to go with any kind of theme, you have to determine whom the birthday is going to feature. If it’s for yourself, then opt for a theme that really speaks to you and how you want to celebrate your birthday. But, if it’s for another individual, then you need to think about what they prefer and the kind of person they are.
For instance, if you have a sports fan on your hands, a theme featuring something overtly feminine wouldn’t do; even if that person is a girl. In the event you have a child who’s crazy about penguins, then doing a winter theme featuring this arctic bird will be ideal.
2. Determine an Estimate for the Number of Attendees
The next factor to think about is approximately how many people are going to come to this birthday party. Write a list of all the people you want to invite along with their phone numbers, emails, and physical addresses. This point is essential early on because it will determine how much money you have to spend, which takes us to the next point.
3. Think about the Budget
In most instances, the budget will have to be a heavy consideration. You can do many winter birthday parties on a shoestring budget. But, if money is no object, then the sky’s the limit here. Even if you have a generous budget, you should estimate how much everything is going to cost, including where most of the money should go.
Consider the list below with suggestions for an estimate for a party of 50 people with a large budget. Everything on this list is for those who want to go all out at the party. But, most of these are optional or you could find other ways to include them:
- Invitations: $60
- Flowers: $150
- Decorations (balloons, streamers, signage): $200
- Cake: $35
- Entertainment: $100
- Games/Activities: $40
- Food/Appetizers: $100
- Beverages: $35
- Party Favors: $75
- Paper Plates, Napkins; Disposable Utensils: $35
GRAND TOTAL: $830
Refining the Numbers
As stated earlier, not everything on the list above is a requirement for a winter-themed birthday. The birthday person will be a major determiner here. Of course, there are variables but generally, you’re not going to have games for adults and you may not want to have entertainment for children.
You can do without hired entertainment, party favors, and extravagant invitations. Indeed, you could make the invitations for a more personalized approach or send an email invite. Both of these are great money savers. Additionally, consumables like beverages, food, and cake are things you can make or buy from a discount store.
You can do away with paper plates, plastic utensils, and party-specific napkins. Simply go with what you already have in your home if you have enough to supply everyone with food and cake. Therefore, you can realistically reduce the grand total to $400 or less if you get a little creative and resourceful.
4. Determining the Date
To ensure everyone you want to come to the party is available, including the birthday person of the hour, you have to coordinate the right day and time. Sometimes this means scheduling it on a weekend in the afternoon but it could also mean during the week in the early evening.
5. Deciding on a Theme; Party Type
Whom this birthday party is for will be a major factor in deciding which theme and type of party you plan to have. When it’s going to be for yourself, you have free reign. But, if this is going to be a surprise, it will require some finesse to ensure the birthday person doesn’t find out about it.
While there are many themes you could choose from, the ones mentioned below will provide you with some ideas. Feel free to combine a few or allow it to inspire you to design your own.
- Winter Wonderland: You can tailor this toward gender and/or age. However, think sparkly snow-covered trees, sweet hot cocoa, and a chocolate cake with vanilla crystal icing.
- Snow Queen’s Palace: For the fairytale inclined, you can create a snow palace fit for a queen. This will definitely involve some sort of glitter but the whole overtone will scream panache. Consider a multitier cake with icicles and snowflake decorations.
- Christmas Candyland: If you have a birthday boy or girl who has a penchant for their sweet tooth, going with a candy theme is ideal. Candy canes, gumdrops, licorice, and other such treats will be essential here. Get invitations with candy on them.
- The Penguin Party: Children and adults alike enjoy penguins. Naturally, you’ll want a cake in the shape of a penguin along with plates, napkins, and other decorations splayed with penguins everywhere.
- Gingerbread Birthday Bash: Gingerbread is a fabulous wintertime treat that makes a perfect theme at this magical time of year. It’s perfect for birthdays that fall between the holidays. Making a gingerbread house and decorations will be best. Consider making a ginger-based cake as well.
- Snowflakes; Glitter: Snowflakes are simple, easy, inexpensive, and quick. You can cut out your own snowflakes or buy them from a party supply store. Adding a little glitter creates an atmosphere of celebration while providing some poignant creative flare.