THE FIRST BIRTHDAY: How to embrace it and survive it…
The first birthday party is more like a survival get together – a celebration that mom and dad and baby – have reached this milestone unscathed… mostly. These days a child is brought up by a village i.e. parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles and friends so celebrate these people and yourselves, and the guest of honour, by commemorating the event.
You are not the Kardashian family and you certainly don’t have to keep up with the Joneses and their Pinterest boards.
The guest list
The rule of thumb is to invite the number of guests that coincide with the age. If this does not fit into your plans, keep the party to a handful of family and friends.
You needn’t splurge your child’s university fees on birthday décor. There are wonderful themes for kids parties and well-priced accessories such as tablecloths, napkins, cups and plates and more.
Bear in mind your baby’s nap times. No one wants a grouchy birthday girl.
Home is usually the most convenient location especially when the birthday girl needs a nap and toys are easily on hand.
Keep it simple. You will need age appropriate snacks for your little guests. Take into account their ages and what kind of solids to provide (some children may have more teeth than others). Have a simple birthday cake so the guest of honour can mush it up to her heart’s content.
Bear in mind that loud noises, music and popping balloons may frighten your child. It may be a good idea to have a form of entertainment for older children such as a jumping castle.
Ask family and friends to help wherever possible, from being the designated cameraman, refilling snacks and drinks and of course to be on tidy up duty afterwards.
Make it a day filled with love and happiness and of course, cake. Happy party planning.