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Birthday Party Planning Guide

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BirthdayExpress.com is every host's secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Pajanimals planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a super day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you're busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Brainstorm a list of relatives, classmates, neighbors and other family friends.

  • Order Pajanimals Birthday Party Supplies and 
Pajanimals Favors

    Try one of our all-inclusive Pajanimals Party Packs or buy your Pajanimals napkins, plates, toys, activities and other supplies a la carte.

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices that fit the theme. Check out our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts!

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Pajanimals Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by affixing the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    Check out the fun suggestions in this guide. There’s no limit to what you can do!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get disposable cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your Pajanimals party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Pajama Relay


  • 2 pajama shirts
  • 2 pajama pants
  • 2 night caps
  • 2 pairs of slippers


Who can get ready for bed the fastest? Divide the party guests into 2 separate teams. Place one of each item in suitcases or laundry baskets at the "start" line. (Have 1 basket for each team.) When you yell go, have the first child of each team start to put on the clothes. Once they have on all of the items, have them run to a designated area (use cones or some other kind of marker) and back. Once they get back they pass the clothes to the next child. As the first child removes the items, the next child puts them on. When all items are on, the process is repeated. The first team to have all of its members run the course wins.

Bedtime Buddy Craft


  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, other drawing supplies
  • Glitter
  • Tape

Before the party, set up a craft area complete with markers, crayons, glitter and glue so the kids can make their own bedtime buddies! When all the guests have arrived, have them cut their favorite color of construction paper into the shape of their favorite animal’s ears. Glue the animal ears to the top front of the plate, and then have the kids draw animal faces on the back however they like. They could even cut circles out of black construction paper for the eyes and glue these onto the bottom of the plates. When they’re done cutting and drawing, they’ll have a brand new buddy!

Pin the Tail on the Pajanimal


  • Pajanimals poster
  • Paper hats (1 for each guest)
  • Tape
  • Blindfold

This classic birthday party game with a fun Pajanimals twist will surely bring joy to all the girls and boys! Buy or print a Pajanimals poster (or have your child draw their favorite Pajanimal beforehand!) and print out paper hats for each party guest. Have the children take turns trying to pin the hat on the Pajanimal blindfolded! The closest hat wins!

What’s in the Bagl


  • Non-transparent bag
  • Small plastic animals or other items

A great guessing game that you can make entirely age appropriate. Put several items in the bag. (They can be Pajanimals-related items like small plastic animals or anything else that will fit.) Let each child reach into the bag and choose an object. Without looking at the item, encourage him or her to feel it, roll it in their hands and imagine what it might be. Ask her to guess before pulling it out. As a prize, if she guesses correctly, she may keep the item.

Print This Party Planning Guide Now

Open this free party planning guide as a PDF document for printing. Keep it handy to help make your party planning easy!

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