It is really stressful to plan your kid’s first birthday part ~ especially since it just happens to be the FIRST birthday, one of the most important ones for your child. If you are having some nightmares and cold sweats as you are planning and organizing the big event, it is perfectly understandable as you most likely want it to be perfect.
And it will be when you do the first thing: RELAX!
Here are a few questions to ask and answer for yourself & general tips to keep it all in perspective.
1.Who will you be inviting to the party? If it is going to be mainly adults, you really don’t need to do too much, but serve food, drinks, cake and ice cream. You will also want to have the camera on hand to capture that picture of your child enjoying her first slice of birthday cake!
2. If kids will be present at the party, then think about their ages. Are they mainly around the age of one or are they older? If most are older, then a few planned games to keep them entertained would be a very good thing to organize. Really you don’t need to be extravagant however…a few classic favorite games will be great: musical chairs, pin the tail on the donkey, balloon toss, pass the parcel, etc. The kids will be thrilled.
3. Choosing a theme based on your little one’s favorite interest is always a good bet. Although your one year old cannot tell you what theme he wants, have a look around at some of her favorite toys or videos, etc. and this may help lead you to a theme that will help with the colors for balloons, streamers, table ware, and centerpiece. Also, it will help guide in a goody for the party.
4. Remember to time the party around your child’s schedule too. Remember you want the birthday kid to be in her best form and that means well-rested, active and interested. Although it may mean starting your party around 10:30 am ~ if that is the best time for your kid, then it would be best to plan around her schedule.
5. For a one year old’s party, one hour is long enough. Any more time will be difficult on the birthday kid. If you are mainly having adults and are planning to put the birthday kid down for nap and continue the party, that is fine, as long as the planned “birthday” activities are wrapped up in an hour’s time frame.
6. Often, many little ones can feel overwhelmed by too many people, too many activities, and too much attention. Remember this and keep the activities low-key. It takes planning pressure off of you, and will keep your birthday child less stressed.
It’s a big party, but your planning will make it the perfect party for your special one year old!