One of the most special times in your life will be the milestone of your child turning one. It marks the first birthday celebration of many with your precious baby. Whether you choose an intimate celebration or a grand gala is up to you. The truth is, it is more of a commemoration for you than your baby since he won’t remember the event. But you will have the photos to cherish and share with your child when he gets older.
The first item on your party planning agenda should be to set your budget and work from there. This will dictate the kind of party you will have.
Once the budget is set, work on your guest list as the amount of people you invite will impact the location you choose to have the festivities. Decide whether you want a cozy or grand celebration to fine-tune the list. Always remember to include parents and yayas in your guest count for food allocation and venue size consideration.
Choose a theme. You can be as creative or generic as you like. The possibilities are endless. You can choose your child’s favorite book or character or you can select something that is significant to your family. For both my sons’ first birthday parties I chose to have airplane themes because my family has a long history in aviation. This industry is especially meaningful for us. For Kieran I chose to have a modern theme and Kalon’s was a vintage flier theme. Try to stay away from commercial Disney themes as these will no likely be the kind of parties your child will request when they get older.
When deciding on where to have your party remember to take the following factors into consideration: weather, size of party, traffic conditions, ease of access. Don’t plan an outdoor party during the rainy season. If your child’s birthday falls during the Christmas months expect cancellations due to traffic and busy schedules. Don’t forget to choose a venue that suits the size of your party.
Do you want a party planner? Some moms like to have the extra help and creative input. Others prefer to DIY and organize logistics by themselves. I do both depending on the kind of event I’m throwing. For the smaller celebrations I like to do things myself. But I do order DIY kits from suppliers like Party Starters that include all the printed items you need such as invitations, banners, cupcake toppers, etc. For the bigger celebrations I choose to work with event stylists who can transform the vision in my head into spectacular fruition. A party planner also takes a lot of the stress away from you.
These days there are so many talented entertainers and entertainment options for the kids. It’s always a good idea to include some form of amusement and activity for the kids so that there is a flow to your event. Smart Play provides great entertainment. I love them because they have something for kids of all ages.
I always hire a photographer for my parties. It is one of the best investments you can make for your events. I find that I am always too busy hosting and running around making sure that the party is going smoothly and according to plan. This never leaves me with any time to document the celebration. Plus professional photographers have the artistic talent to frame your special moments beautifully and capture those precious seconds wonderfully.
FOOD & CAKE
Decisions, decisions! Catered or not? Obviously having your party catered will take much of the work away from yourself. However it is an expensive option. I always come up with the party menu and food myself unless it is part of the venue package. I enjoy providing the food and have control over the type of food that I provide as well as how much it will cost.
The cake is always a fun and special aspect of any first birthday party. Entrust this to the experts. My favorite supplier is Swell Sweets. She is a genius with fondant and always consistent and reliable.
As a mom, you know what I mean when I say it all goes by too fast. The baby stage is so short, and before you know it they turn into little people. The first birthday party is a special time to celebrate their first year of life.