Imagine this. It’s your first child. Their first birthday is coming up, and society dictates that that celebration must be memorable. If you’re a new parent, the pressure must be so hard, especially if you haven’t planned a birthday party before.
You might be pressured where to start and how to plan their birthday. The thought of having to invite everyone you know, spend a fortune, create a memorable event. However, the process of planning everything does not have to be stressful.
Planning the Party
When planning a party for your child’s first birthday, remember to plan smart. Here lies a step-by-step process that can help you to make the event special:
A Small Guest List
Your baby that’s about to turn one year old isn’t aware of what’s going on in their surroundings; commotions and loud noises can startle them instead. Keeping your guest list small can make a successful party for the parents, baby, and guests. No one wants to be invited to a party where the birthday celebrant is not in a good mood, right?
Forward Planning and Its Importance
Forward planning, just by the name itself, is planning for the future; it’s the key to a successful birthday party. Preparing before the party will make the event easy-flowing and with minimal stress. Calling the venue beforehand, purchasing the party bags and organizing them, buying the food, or calling the caterer ahead can make your life easier.
When purchasing kids party supplies, it’s crucial to ask yourself, “can I reuse this later on for future parties?”. This type of planning aims to minimize the uncertainties in the future that may or may not happen, e.g., not enough college funds for your child.
Send out Invitations
When picking a design, as it’s your child’s birthday, it’s great to include the star of the event’s picture. Include all of the essential details to avoid confusing your guests.
Keep the Environment of the Party Baby-Friendly
It is common practice to baby-proof a home where children live, avoid bumps and accidents. If you opt to celebrate your baby’s birthday at home, then there wouldn’t be extra work to do.
On the other hand, some prefer to celebrate it outside of their home. It is to avoid the clean-up responsibility after the event. If you opt to do this, remember to bring a playpen.
Make sure that the tablewares are plastic or paper. Children will be invited and busy parents for a children’s party, so it’s best to avoid using breakable objects to lessen accidents.
Choose a Theme
The good thing about parties is that you can choose from a wide array of choices. Choosing a theme can make all the planning more manageable and more fun since you have an idea about things. Setting a theme can make the parents and their child dress up, making it a memorable experience for all parties involved.
Shop for Decorations
Babies love shiny, moving, and colorful things. Decorating the venue with these things will surprise your baby as it’s designed only for them. Be sure to add exciting decorations, stuffed animals, balloons, streamers, etc.
Snacks for Everyone!
Guests are munching on snacks before the cake is the norm for any event, making sure to prepare enough snacks for adults and kids. As a first-time parent, there’s no denying how busy you are; there’s no shame in buying store-bought snacks for everyone.
Make the Cake Enjoyable
There is a cake specially created for the infants’ stimulus, and it’s called smash cakes. Parents serve a smash it to their babies and let them squish and dig it with their own tiny hands. It’s adorable; it makes the event memorable, messy and hilarious. Make sure to hire a photographer to take pictures of each event at the party. Of course, for the other kids and adults, prepare another cake for them to enjoy.
Hire a Photographer
Get help in documenting the event. You always have to be present with your child and switching between parents to take pictures of your child can be laborious. When looking at pictures in the future, wouldn’t it be better if both parents are there in the picture?
Enjoy and Be Present
Amidst all the planning and stressing over which cake or decoration to pick, remember that it’s your child’s birthday and you must enjoy it as well. It is celebrating you and the parents of your child, who worked hard for months to ensure that your baby is happy, safe, and healthy. Tap yourselves in the back, too, for a job well done.
Keep in mind to always be kind to yourself and remember that the party you organize for your child does not have to be perfect. Organizing a party can seem overwhelming, but it is undoubtedly worth it for your child for the memories you will treasure in your heart.
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