Must-Read Tips for a Successful Party with Special Guest App

Josiah’s first birthday is almost here, and I want it to be memorable and perfect if I could. As any mom (and dad), I can honestly feel the pressure. Am I doing it right? Is everything gonna be okay? Are my plans going to work?

I’ve handled events before, but this time is different. Josiah’s 1st birthday is once in a lifetime, and I don’t want any mishap to ruin the moment and memory.

For my fellow parents who are also planning or will soon be preparing for a party, I’ve decided to round up my ideas and essential tips to help plan and execute a successful party.

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Good food will always equal to a good mood, they say. So I thought that it would be best if I serve the best food as well as specialty dessert. I don’t want our visitors to feel like the party was crappy just because the food was bland or somehow unappetizing. Plus the fact that I need to make sure that there’s more than enough food for everyone.

Major Tip: To lessen the work, you can hire a catering service or chef.


Every party has a theme, although I am still torn which theme or design I will be choosing for his birthday. Some of the most common ideas for boys are superhero, airplane, animals, cartoon character, hot air balloon, safari, and royalty.


One of the hardest decision for me is to choose a memorable souvenir for the party. The giveaways will be a way to say thanks to the guest, so it is of utmost importance that it’s unique and if possible, serves a purpose.

In our case, I wanted his souvenir to be a one-of-a-kind item and if possible, useful too! I’ve been searching high and low and so far I have narrowed It down to face towels shaped like cupcakes as well as bears AND the classic option –mugs!

Major Tip: The secret is to look everywhere, like local craft stores such as Michaels, malls with stores like Hot Topic, internet (think Zazzle, Café Press, etc.), and ideas from friends and family.


Since our little will only turn 1 once, so I want us to look good. Not just me and hubby but most importantly, Josiah. Usually, the attire of the celebrant is based on the theme of the party. That’s the standard option when there’s a themed birthday celebration.

Major Tip: If the celebrant is a kid, make sure to have an extra outfit. They might spill their drink or food on their clothes, and I am sure you don’t want to see them in pictures wearing a soiled shirt or stained outfit and end up looking messy, if not dirty.


For me, I created two invitations – the printed one, and the online invitation card. This is to assure that everyone is receiving their invites no matter what. Technically, the printed cards will count as souvenirs too. The invitation will also leave an impression as to what the guest can expect in the party.

Major Tip: It is advisable to prepare online cards too. Makes it easier to forward invites to last-minute guest addition.


We all know a special day needs to be celebrated, and of course … documented. Yes, parents and relatives can take pictures but trust me when I say, it’s better to let a professional do the job. During the party, you’ll get extremely busy entertaining guests, preparing everything, you literally won’t have enough time to document every single minute. This is the main reason why I recommend to hire a professional videographer and photographer. With this, you can be confident that every precious moment is recorded.

Major Tip: To find the best photographer and videographer in town, you can download Special Guest App on iOS (as well as on Android) to book a talent.


Special Guest App is a marketplace for talents and artist all over the US. It is easy to use and is very reliable too. With Special Guest App, you will have access to thousands of talents offering their services. The app is super user-friendly, the interface is good for people who are not into technology that much. The talents are compiled depending on the service they offer, price, rank, reviews, and more.

Special Guest App has everything you need when it comes to finding the right talent. It has a wide variety of artists like a photographer, magician, host, videographer, dancer, gymnast, circus acts, singer, and many more. With the help of Special Guest App, you can hire everything that you need in just one click. The payments are secured too, so the worries on the payment option or method. There are reviews as well in-app to help find the best talent and service.

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Throwing a party can be stressful but planning ahead of time will save anyone a lot of time and effort. In my case, I prefer to get started quite early to make sure I have everything covered and have not forgotten anything. After that, I can simply relax, unwind, and enjoy the party or event.

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  • Kate

    Great ideas , I might just have to steal them for my own parties hehe

  • Lotta andersen

    Great ideas. I will definitely use some of them. Thanks!

  • Cara

    Your flat lays are so flipping pretty! Also, that app looks so convenient! Gotta remember it 🙂

  • Stacie

    This is going to change the party planning game. Now maybe I cant throw a party without tearing out my hair!

  • Rachel

    Sounds amazing! Well done for planning it all! Havent heard of the special guest app but it sounds great!

  • Kelsey

    This app looks very useful, sometimes google throws up too many options that aren’t relevant and this seems like it would filter through a bit more. Happy 1st birthday to Josiah too!

  • Dana Vento

    That is absolutely amazing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wondered if the kids would REALLY notice if I skipped a birthday party or them. That’s how much I hate lining up parties. I have to try this.

  • Hannah Swancott

    Ohh, sounds great!! I love a party, this sounds perfect. I have a few events coming up where this will be really handy!

  • Joan

    These are really great tips, never heard of the special guest app but I do now.

  • stacey

    I think if you get the theme and work it into your party. It will all work out and your son will be happy that you took the time to make it a special occasion for him and his friends.

  • Rylla

    Oh this app is perfect for a going away dinner I am having! thank you for sharing this app.

  • Liz

    Going to be honest, I actually had no idea that apps like this existed. What a great way to streamline the party planning and management process!

  • Amanda Yorton

    That is a very cool app! I don’t plan very many parties but if I do, I will definitely use this app!

  • Jessica Taylor

    I love having a photographer on hand for special events! If I miss something, they manage to capture it!

  • Carina

    Oh wow, never heard of this app! This would be perfect to hire a photographer for my baby shower and I’ll keep it in mind when planning my future son’s birthday parties.

  • Stephanie

    They have an app for everything nowadays — it’s crazy! But this is so cool! Definitely takes away a lot of stress when planning entertainment

  • Mellissa Williams

    It sounds like this app is great to help with organising a party and finding the right talent. Hope Josiah has a great first birthday

  • Fran Jorgensen

    Thank you so much for sharing this great app! I am in charge of organising my workplace end of the year party and this app will be very handy! Thank you so much!

  • Alexandra

    I wish I had have seen this post sooner – I am hosting my birthday party tomorrow! Such great ideas 🙂

  • kumamonjeng

    Having two invitation, the printed one and the online invitation card is great way to make sureeveryone is receiving their invites no matter what. I like this idea.

  • HilLesha

    How very exciting! I have never heard of this app, but I’ll definitely be checking it out sometime.

  • Katie

    This app for party planning is pretty cool! It sounds like it makes the party planning process much easier, since you don’t have to randomly search for the right services. It’s nice the services have reviews too.

  • Lyosha

    This app sounds idea to me! SO much more comfort when planning a party! Special guest sounds fun too!

  • Maartje van Sandwijk

    My aunt actually used this app for her wedding! Really great tool!

  • catherine shane

    I have been looking into party photographers as well as entertainers for an upcoming event! We couldn’t figure out the best way to go. I am so glad you have mentioned this app!!! Thank you for this. I truly appreciate the feature!

  • Monidipa Dutta

    They have an app for everything nowadays. However after reading this I guess I should try.

  • Hola cheska

    This app looks so promising. Great tips also. Whenever I am the host or if I am invited, I love to bring a memorable gift to make my guests o hosts feel appreciated.

  • angel

    wow! this is cool. i am really learning so much from your blog posts lately. thanks for sharing your cool apps and gadgets. keep it up!

  • Diana Tidswell

    Sounds like you are so busy with your son’s birthday celebration and I am so excited about what birthday party theme you choose for his birthday. About that app will def check that as it sounds really interesting.

  • Heather

    What an awesome idea! I hope to be throwing a party soon, so I”ll have to look into this.

  • Danielle

    That sounds like a great app. If I was into entertaining often I would be inclined to get it! Thank you for sharing.

  • Fatima

    Wow this application sounds quite interesting! I am not based in the US so I can hope for them to launch in the UK too.

  • Kylie

    These are great tips! Party planning can be so stressful if not organised

  • Sarah

    The app sounds so useful! Party planning can be so stressful sometimes!

  • eli

    this is such a cool concept for an app! i might download it and see if i can find anything to do haha

  • Rebecca Smith

    That sounds like such a brilliant app! These tips have been incredibly helpful, thank you! I will certainly be taking them on board.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    What a great app. I will certainly have to check it out. Those tips have been very handy too!

  • Sara Welch

    some of these apps people come up with are ingenious. I would love to use this one.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    This app is going to be a big help when trying to organize a party. I wish I knew about this when my grandson turned one. I love that the app has reviews and ratings too. That would really help to find the right talent for your needs.

  • Renee

    The tips are great for adults parties as well. Especially the change of clothes. LOL I also will check out the app you suggested, it sounds like a great tool to find people you may need for special occasions.

  • Preet

    This app looks like something that can be very useful for me. I have to check this out. Thanks for the insight.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    Super cool! My grandson’s 3rd birthday is in December and we are thinking of throwing a party for him. Thanks for letting me know about this app. I will check this out soon. Better to plan early than to cram and be stressed!

  • Vance Madrid

    This is particularly helpful especially those who would be hosting a party soon. Thank you for the wonderful tips, I will keep them in mind in case I’d be throwing a party in the future.

  • Ninn

    Wow that’s so cool that there’s a special app for that! Someone with a special talent could really find some good gigs on it as well! I feel like a lot of times people want some sort of service, but have no idea where to find it.

  • Ellie Plummer

    This is a brilliant idea, I may have to host a party so I can try this app out. I love your flatlays, they’re gorgeous

  • Stephanie Parrell

    This is such a cool app! I would really get good use out of this one when entertaining!

  • Debby

    Wow, party planning has sure changed from the time I had to do this with my kids in the 90s! This app sounds like a real time saver.

  • Helen Clark

    Special Guest app sounds a great tool to help with planning. Kids parties can be so stressful to organise then they are over in the blink of an eye!

  • Silvia

    This is a great idea for anybody who is looking to save time and plan a great party. I haven’t heard of it before.

  • Hazel

    Love the details! I suck at event planning and this is totally going to work for my two sister’s upcoming birthdays! thankss!

  • Deborah Nicholas

    This looks like it might finally take all of the stress out of party planning!

  • Terri Beavers

    I love having parties and being invited to them. I can see how this app could add more fun into any event.

  • Vikrant Nimbalkar

    Special guest app sounds great. I am gonna try it for next time.thank you very much for great idea.

  • Edward

    Very unique but wonderful. It’s time to introduce new things on a modern times

  • AnOsa Malanga

    I have never heard of this and I am so glad I learned about this. Indeed a great avenue to look for great talents that could help you with such specific needs.

  • Joanna

    I would have loved for this app to be in my country as swell. It does sound like it makes organising a party so much easier.

  • Mommy Sigrid

    Oh I never knew there’s an app for that. I should use this the next time we throw a party for the kid’s birthdays 😀

  • Helen at Casa Costello

    Aah Happy Birthday to your little one – Sounds like his party is going to be fantastic and so well organised. My tip would be to also accept any help at all that is offered and try to enjoy!

  • Michelle Murray

    Oh what great ideas. Perfect for this time of year too.