A child’s first birthday party is a milestone for any mom. I certainly remember how I felt when my child turned one year old. Being the first party it is natural that you want it to be something special and memorable for all the right reasons. However, your precious little bundle will still be too small to really appreciate the significance of the occasion or understand what goes into celebrating such an important rite of passage. For me, the key to hosting the perfect first birthday party is to find the right balance between creating a commemorative event fit for the occasion, and one that your one-year-old will also enjoy.
Here are my tips for organizing (and surviving!) your baby’s first birthday:
Strike a balance between your needs and your baby’s: The trick is to keep it simple – anything too complicated will just stress you out and will be lost on your little one. Of course, there’s no denying that this event is unique, one you and your family will want to remember, so you’ll definitely want to take a lot of photographs, perhaps even hire a professional photographer for the day. Another idea might be to stagger things so that there is a fun afternoon phase for the kids, followed by a more sophisticated party for the grown-ups later on.
Timing: In my experience, 12-month olds tire quickly, so the kid’s party probably shouldn’t last more than a couple of hours. Scheduling it for just after naptime is ideal. That way, the birthday girl or boy will be full of bounce and smiles for the occasion.
Location/s: Ideally, you’ll want to set it somewhere where you have a lot of control over your environment to plan for eventualities such as bad weather and make things as baby-friendly as possible. Hosting it at home is ideal. It also gives you the option of having separate areas you can designate to different elements of your party, especially if you do choose to split the celebrations into stages. Alternatively, if the weather’s good, you could organize a picnic in the park.
Choose a Theme: This helps streamline everything, simplifying decisions such as cake, food, goody bags and color scheme. It also makes things more fun for your smaller guests. Great themes for girls are: teddy bears, zoo animals, Winnie-the-Pooh and kittens. Little boys will love themes like puppies, cheeky monkey, Thomas the Tank or fishies. Most online party favor companies can supply you with everything you need in the same theme, so it pays to do your research.
Guests: Keep things small and intimate. Crowds and noise are just going to upset the little people. Invite a few close friends and their tots and important family members. If you want to throw a bigger soiree later for the grow-ups, you can still do that. If you’ve got kids of different ages coming, you’ll want to provide activities they can join in with too, such as crafts or entertainment.
If your budget allows, consider hiring a maid service to help you tidy up afterwards – it’ll make life so much easier. Many are also specialists at unusual or stubborn stain removal, which could save your favorite rug or sofa from ruin!
Do you have any tips for making baby’s first birthday party go smoothly? How did you get organized before your party?
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