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Birthday Party Checklist

Planning a birthday party can be stressful. Use our free birthday party checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything and stay organized and relaxed.

Our free printable party planning template will ensure that you don’t forget anything when planning the perfect birthday party for your child.

Event planning can be very stressful if you are not organized. This ultimate party planning checklist will ensure that you don’t forget to do anything! It will also ensure that you do whatever you can before the party so that you don’t have too much to do at the last minute.

Printable Party Planning Checklist

Click on a birthday party checklist below to open and print.

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This party planner checklist is a little more colorful than the rest.

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Another birthday party planner. Please note that the actual checklist is the same on all planners and only the design changes.

birthday party checklist

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Even though this is a kids birthday party checklist we are assuming that an adult is doing the planning so this checklist was designed for you and not for your child!

birthday party planner

Chalkboard birthday party checklist

chalkboard party checklist

Feel free to change the party planner template to suit your needs. You can add additional bullet points before you print. If you want to start planning earlier or later then just adjust the dates.

Online Party Planner Checklist Maker

We also offer an online party planner checklist maker if you prefer it to a printable party checklist. The online party list maker shows you a list of the things you need to do to plan a party but only the items that you select will appear in your customized checklist.


If you need a birthday list then check out the coordinating designs!


Party Checklist

One Month Before

  • Choose party theme
  • Set a budget
  • Set date and time
  • Choose a venue if not at home
  • Book a venue if not at home
  • Book entertainment
  • Book photographer
  • Make guest list
  • Prepare invitations
  • Book a caterer if you are not going to be preparing the food
  • Make a list of the vendors and their phone numbers


Three Weeks Before

  • Send party invitations
  • Plan games and activities
  • Purchase or arrange equipment
  • Purchase prizes
  • Plan party menu
  • Create a grocery list for food, snacks and beverages
  • Plan party decor
  • Create shopping list


Two Weeks Before

  • Order a birthday cake or choose which cake to make and decide on a recipe for it
  • Buy party favors and other party supplies
  • Buy or make DIY photo props if you are going to have photo booths
  • Launder and iron linens


One Week Before

  • Buy balloons
  • Buy disposable plates
  • Buy disposable cups
  • Buy disposable cutlery
  • Buy napkins
  • Buy straws
  • Buy candles
  • Buy table cloth
  • Buy ice if you don’t have a cooler
  • Buy party decorations (streamers, balloons, banners, etc)
  • Select/buy an outfit for the birthday child
  • Call guests who didn’t RSVP
  • Purchase non-perishable food and candy
  • Assemble party favors
  • Prepare playlist for party music
  • Create a party timeline to ensure that you are on schedule


Three Days Before

  • Purchase food
  • Call entertainer to confirm
  • Call venue to confirm
  • Call photographer to confirm
  • Check weather


Two Days Before

  • Bake cake
  • Make cupcakes


One Day Before

  • Charge camera’s battery
  • Empty camera’s memory card
  • Decorate cake
  • Decorate the cupcakes
  • Collect pre-ordered cake
  • Prepare decorations
  • Prepare food that can be prepared a day before
  • Put everything in one place
  • Put trash cans wherever you can (this will save you a lot of time when you clean up)


Day of the Party

  • Pick up cake
  • Prepare food
  • Set up the food table
  • Set up a table with goody bags
  • Hang all decorations
  • Get the family ready for the party
  • Set up music
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