Last week was Some Boy's 6th birthday, and I had a BIG job on my hands. It was a crazy few days, so I wound up being tasked with picking up the food, cleaning the house and getting a whole party ready between the time I dropped him off for kindergarten and the time I picked him up.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

I also had all three of the little kids with me for the day. Me, three kids ages 4 and under, and a major party prep session? Challenge accepted!

Now, with seven people currently living in our house, I've developed an extremely regimented grocery shopping routine. I do a BIG bulk-shopping trip about once monthly without the kids (this is key, or else everything goes haywire) and I arrange pick-up service at the local grocery store as needed. I do NOT bring my children into any grocery store if I can help it, ever. So this birthday thing presented a challenge because I needed food in bulk, and I had the kids with me. And bulk food stores don't offer pick-up services.

Or do they?

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

I was telling a friend about my conundrum and she urged me to try out Sam's Club Pick-Up, which lets members order online ahead of time and pick up their items – including fresh stuff – at the front of the store. Sam's Club is a sponsor of ours, so I reached out. Turns out you can place an order directly through their website or app, and it'll be ready to go the next day!

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

I did some clicking around after the kids were in bed. The morning of the party, I got the big guy in place and made my way to Sam's Club with a child-filled minivan. I'm a Plus Member, so we were able to get in there bright and early before any lines formed. I got in, I scanned my handy-dandy app and I got out.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

I also managed to get some presents for the birthday boy while I was there. A bit more than I bargained for, even! The kids spied some “friends” near the entryway and recruited them to join us. The more the merrier, I always say.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

We'd sped out the door in such a rush, I hadn't even had my coffee yet. Sam's Club to the rescue! The entry door dudes are always so nice and friendly and happy to chat with the kids while I have a few seconds of quiet time.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

Back to the house we went! Good thing we brought the BIG car.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

All of our events are super-casual, so I just laid out our fresh picks with some paper plates and utensils and let everyone have at it. Sam's Club even has custom cakes and cupcakes for one-stop birthday shopping.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

Our little block party was so successful and low-stress, I could actually see us doing this every year.

Tips for using store pickup to meet specific bulk-buying and party needs

Good thing, too, because I'm pretty sure the kids have their heart set on slaying the party scene with their friends over and over and over again.

Using store pickup to meet specific needs

If you sign up for a Sam's Club membership with this link, you'll receive a $10 gift card!

How do you manage all of the birthday party stuff? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks!

Using store pickup (including fresh items!) to meet specific needs such as party-planning can be a huge time-saver.