How I plan a party is very similar to how I plan my hair cut, outfits, home styling, dinner party etc. I am a visual learner + love seeing things (I was a big vision board junkie about 10 years ago - yes I loved 'The Secret' 😳).
4-6months (for a big event)
I like to start planning early (yes I am perfectionist + organisational warrior 💪🏼) but also because I like to support small businesses especially on Instagram so I like to give myself plenty of time if I need personalised pieces made.
How I start all my planning for my events - I head to Instagram and Pinterest. I am loving how Insta now has the save options/create collections. What I usually do is screenshot the images I like (making sure it is highlighting where I can find certain products) and create a folder in my phone called '1st Birthday inspo' that way I can combine my Pinterest and Instagram images together. I usually do this for all my events, fashion, fitness or haircut inspo, especially if I have an event coming up.
After that, I review my folder + see what sort of direction I am going in.
It was clear from the beginning, for Hunter I wanted something different to his nursery design (which is very preppy/hamptons) but still had a touch of his personality. The overall key theme that drove my vision was the image of the 'stag'.
2 weeks - 1 month
Week of party
I know this may seem over the top, but doing it this way, I saved money as I was able to find the cheapest pieces but best quality, I was able to slowly make decorations without rushing and I could think of every detail without being rushed. I also was able to enjoy the process and the week of his actual birthday without doing last minute rush jobs.