Planning a Birthday Party?

Many of us do at some time or another… We plan a birthday party for a friend or family member and usually it’s something fun that has many people working toward the same goal.  

Now, turn your thoughts to your average work day.  It doesn’t feel like party planning, especially when you jump head first into the numerous emails and voicemails.  But, what IF we started treating our projects within each workday as if we were planning a birthday party?  It would definitely make for a fun “take” on our daily to do list!    

Your party project to do list:

  1. Pick your party date.  When is the project due?
  2. Invite your guests. You know them as the amazing people you work side-by-side with each day!
  3. Select the party games.  What are your coworkers’ specific talents?
  4. Pick your decorations.  What part of the project is each coworker handling so your finished product looks amazing?         
  5. Celebrate another completed project and another step towards your mission!  

Since parties are only as fun as we make them, you need to stick to the plan.  What dishes can each of your guests bring to the table?  

One note of warning: Don’t get stuck on minor details, like streamer colors.  Focus on the overall party.  

By the time the big celebration comes around, you can enjoy your cake and maybe some ice cream, too! Your next mission – plan a wedding!    

Sandy Pickett is executive assistant at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits and has served on the staff team for close to two years.  



Thanks for demystifying the birthday party for co-workers. They do take some planning and some people plan parties gracefully and include others very well.  However, why I opened the blog post was to read about planning an anniversary for a non-profit, hoping to glean some ideas from others that have honored the history of a professional society that turns 30, or planned a carnival for a 20 year old organization.  Anyone?


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