Whether you prefer celebrating it with your friends or your family, turning 18 is indeed a major milestone that everyone looks forward to. Especially young people, this day is not only a mere special birthday because everyone says so and there’s more to it than those sweet 18th birthday quotes. But for them, it’s more of the day that marks a very significant part of their lives where they get to taste the kind of freedom that they’ve been longing for ever since.
In terms of how difficult it is to plan this kind of party, the level of stress and preparation needed from those who are tasked to organize it is beyond imagination. If you’re a parent of a girl turning 18, you need to handle 101 things on top of the expectation from the celebrator that the party has to be flawless.
For one, organizing an 18th birthday party is really demanding and requires much attention in getting things done the most efficient way. As a parent, you also need to balance different things like the safety of the guests who are by the way, in the same as your own child, with their expectations.
There’s no other person in this world who knows how the party will and should go other than the celebrator himself. To make the planning less stressful, you need to make him involved. Some parents argue that the more involved their sons or daughters are in, the better the result is.
Also, it’s best to get the celebrator’s special someone involved in the planning process. Since there are certain things that only their special someone know about them, it’s always best to ask their perspective on the matter. But please, don’t make this as some sort of competition between who’s the most knowledgeable about the celebrator, which is a very common scenario between mothers and girlfriends or a guy celebrator.
Get some help
It’s always true that two heads are better than one. What more if you can get as many heads as you can? That would be perfect. For parents, help is basically just around the corner and it only takes the courage to ask people who are willing to help.
You can start from the celebrator’s friends and within your family. Get as many people involved both in the planning stage up to the implementation phase of the project because it’s always best to have a fresher look at everything.
When you have decided to get some help from other people, be sure to offer ways on how you can compensate their efforts. In most occasions, they say that they’re doing it for free but still, the least you can do is to offer refreshments or drive them home after every night of preparation.
Some folks prefer electronic invitations while some prefer the traditional ones. One of the advantages of hard copy invitation is that upon entry to the party venue they have something to show that they are indeed invited. This is very important for crowd control and to avoid gate crushers, especially if you’re throwing a much bigger event at a resort or restaurant where cost is computed per head basis.
However, electronic invitations on the other hand, like Facebook events or SMS, are way cheaper can economical. Also, the money that you will use in doing the layout and for printing is still a huge amount that you can use in some other things.
Creativity wise, in the event you decide to print traditional invitations, you need to make the layout as attractive as possible. But sometimes, creativity is a broad term and it can mean differently across individuals. So make sure that the invitation reflects the personality of the celebrator.
In most parts of the world, serving alcohol to minors is a crime. However, there are some countries that allow serving of alcohol among minors provided that the parents give their full consent on it. But just to be safe, in as much as you want to make the party as fun as possible for these young people, you also need to consider possible issues if you decide to serve alcohol.
Also, be sure that the parents of the underage guests are at least aware of the celebration and that they are well-informed on the time they can expect their child to be at home. The last thing that you want to happen is to know that you’ve been sued by a parent because you missed to take attention to these vital details plus you can’t predict the personality of the parents of your child’s friends.
As mentioned above, some countries have strict regulations regarding serving alcohol to minors. But you can’t deny the fact that these teenagers will surely find their way in sneaking alcohol in the parties. Although your kid is officially in a legal age, there are still kids in his circle who are still 17 or 16, for example.
As a parent, you want to ensure the safety of every guest and your child because they are practically your responsibility. However, you also don’t want to ruin the party mood by being to killjoy or a bum. But at the end of the day, parents will be parents. So to have a balance between safety and fun, do your homework by researching the ordinances and regulations in your locality so you will be guided accordingly.
You can also devise strategies on how to make drinking less of a routine and more of an event. In fact, you can just have non-alcoholic beverages, then have some plastic cups that resembles to beer cups. That way, kids will still have that beer-drinking feeling, but not in an intoxicating kind of way.
Of course, no party is complete without the food. Teenagers have a unique taste for food and they are not hard to please so the food part of the party planning will be a lot easier. Unlike adults, teens are more into the “beer” part and the entertainment. So if you’re really planning to wow your kid, bank on the drinks and entertainment part.