So you’ve decided to have two birthday parties, one for friends and one for family. To minimize your time, effort, and expense plan for the invitations, decorations, and food to stretch through both parties. And since you’ve already come up with a killer party theme, why not just use it the whole day?


A no brainer. Order or make or buy extra invitations so that you’ll have some for both parties. You’re keeping the same theme anyway, right? Easy peasy.


Same thing. Once you’ve decked out your house, yard or even just the kitchen table, keep it up so that all of your family can see your cool stuff. You deserve all of the praise that those cute little six year olds didn’t give you. The decorations stay.


The Birthday Cake: I’m a huge fan of having an awesome birthday cake. But sometimes it’s just not worth it when you can serve cupcakes instead and no one will know the difference. But a back-to-back friend and family party is the perfect opportunity to show off your hard work (or the extravagant topsy turvy cake that you had specially made) to a crowd of adoring adults. The kids at the friend party will love cupcakes just as much, so serve them cupcakes–meanwhile keeping the cake in its pristine condition. It can be your table centerpiece or the candleholder for singing “Happy Birthday.” Then your gorgeous cake takes center stage for your family party where everyone will ohh and aww over it. When you’ve had your fill of compliments, feel free to serve the cake.

Party Food: I always use caters for the parties I plan and they require minimum orders of food items. The upside is that you have leftover food to serve at the family party. Places like Costco and Sam’s Club tend to sell food in larger quantities at a lower price, so if you buy some party food there this will give you an ample amount of food for both parties as well. If you make your own party food then it’s just as easy to make a few extra of each item for the second party. You can use the leftover food from the friend party as appetizers or side dishes for your family dinner. It’s hard to see food wasted from picky party kids so this is the perfect opportunity to use the rest of it up. Or you can forgo serving food at the friend party and focus on serving your family a great dinner instead.

I hope these suggestions help. I can’t wait to hear how your parties turn out.


  1. great suggestions! I know a lot of people that do both parties!

    Kim @

    kim    Friday, February 19, 2010
  2. Love it! Love you!

    Rachel    Friday, February 19, 2010
  3. I love your pink first birthday party. I would love to know where your found the silver cake stand. It is amazing. I read on a blog where a grandmother gives a cakestand to her granddaughters for their first birthday to use on all their birthdays and then on her wedding day. I’d love to find one a beautiful as the silver one.

    Andrea    Saturday, February 20, 2010
  4. Andrea: I bought that silver cake stand from Crate & Barrel several years ago. It’s cute, huh? You might be able to find that one on ebay, or you can always check Crate & Barrel to see what new silver cake stands they have. Good luck!

    Brittany    Monday, February 22, 2010
  5. Great suggestions, Brittany! Thanks, as always, for sharing!!

    Karen ~ lillybelle Custom Designs    Sunday, February 28, 2010

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