Birthday: Checklist

Our daughter’s birthday each year is a celebration of life and joy, and this handy checklist keeps me sane. The food section is customized to the taste of our friends and family here in the Netherlands, but you can easily substitute the items with your favorites. Our standard party length is three hours, and I present a new appetizer every thirty minutes, so you might want to adjust the amounts accordingly or bring the food around within a longer time frame if your party lasts longer.

Themed decorations

  • Invitations and stamps
  • Inflatable number
  • Scene setter
  • Garlands
  • Honeycombs
  • Tablecloth
  • Centerpieces
  • Number candle
  • Favor bags
  • Napkins

Favors

  • Toy #1
  • Toy #2
  • Creative item
  • Candy #1
  • Candy #2
  • Mini cake

Food

  • Cake
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Saltine crackers
  • Nuts
  • Potato chips
  • Sliced sausage
  • Cheese blocks
  • French bread slices
  • Salmon salad
  • Egg salad
  • Dutch cocktail appetizers (frikandel, bitterballen)
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Mayonaisse
  • Ketchup

Drinks

  • Soft drinks
  • Juice
  • Juice boxes
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Sugar substitute

Serving

  • Plates
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Glasses
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Trays
  • Knife
  • Spatula

Other

  • Paper towels
  • Zipper bags
  • Lighter
  • Trash bags
  • Tape
  • Poster mount
  • Twine
  • Scissors

For the birthday child

  • Gift
  • Outfit

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