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How to write a birthday program

Updated April 17, 2017

Celebrate your family member's or friend's birthday with a special party set to last all day and all night. But to keep the party organised and flowing throughout the day, you should draw up a program for guests to follow. It can be as simple or as complicated as you wish; however, remember it's just a guide, not set in stone. It will, however, help people know when different events will happen throughout the party.

Write out all the plans for the birthday party. Whether you're keeping it simple with cake and games, or you're hosting a larger party starting with family and kids in the afternoon and bringing in friends and more adult fare at night, a program will help you keep track of what's going on.

Time the party. If it's just a simple party, start around 3 p.m. with games, with the cake and presents around 5 p.m. If it's a more involved party, split it between family and friends. Start the festivities earlier in the afternoon -- about 1 p.m. Fill in events every hour or two, with dinner, cake and presents happening around 5 or 6 p.m. Afterward, turn the night into more of an adult fare with drinks and music, from about 8 p.m. to midnight.

Type up a final copy of the birthday program. Add photos or play with the text to make it festive and in line with the theme of your birthday party. Print out at least one copy to post at your house or enough copies to include in the invitations you send to the guests.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processing program
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About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.