A child’s first birthday is always an important milestone for every parent. However the decision to either throw an elaborate party or settle for a simple low-key celebration is totally up to the parents. However, irrespective of the route you decide to tow, you can always plan your child’s first birthday with ease with these tips:
Picture the birthday you want: When planning your child’s first birthday, you must have an idea of the kind of birthday party you wont to throw for your child. You might be a little confused because you don’t know what should come first between photographing or event decoration. Give yourself time to reflect on the things you’ll like to do on your child’s first birthday instead of rushing into it.
Keep it simple: The huge crowd you are trying to invite might just overwhelm your baby. Why don’t you make it simple? Invite few family members, friends, and associates and make it simple. Considering the fact that you’ll have to provide for a large amount of people alone can make you forget about your child entirely. In turn, you’ll be focusing more on the invited guests rather than paying more attention to your child’s happiness that day.
Expect the unexpected: Be prepared and expect the unexpected. Expect the unexpected from uninvited guest to large shortage in materials you already have plans for. It’s always good to come up with a contingency plan so as to avoid unforeseen circumstances that may seem ambiguous and difficult.
Party proof your house: Birthday proof your house because other kids are coming most definitely. Just as safety gates are, cabinet locks, ensure that your baby crib meets current safety standards, baby walkers should not be used, playpens should have spaces in the mesh material, and high chairs should have a wide, stable base too. You are not just doing these for your kid but also for the toddlers that will be in attendance on that day.
Confirm guest attendance: There is a need for you to plan your party right, have a list of those coming and ensure that you confirm their attendance two or three days before the event. This is will help you as regards ensuring you know how many people will be there and also help you plan for food and drinks, you can also confirm for any allergy that you’ll need to watch out for.
Let your guests know what you want: Friends, family and associates are mostly confused on what to buy for babies especially if they don’t have one for example. In light of this, there’s a need as parents to communicate exactly what you want in order to guide them on how they need to go about it. You leaving them in the dark in this regard can be costly as they can purchase something that you might not need.
Accept help: If someone is offering to help you, don’t hesitate to accept. If someone is offering to serve food that day, let him or her go ahead with it. If someone is offering to help change camera batteries, or offering to help with videotaping the whole event then you need to accept. This is because you don’t want to run helter shelter on your child’s big day.
Enjoy yourself: Don’t get all stressed out during preparations that you won’t be able to enjoy that big moment of your child. Enjoy yourself, take as much pictures you can with her/him, cut the cake with happiness and also play with other kids that are there to celebrate with your child.
Savour the moment: Take a few moments to look at how far you’ve come with your child before cleaning your house. You can always safe an extra plate for yourself to eat while the party is over, you can as well safe a balloon to serve as reference in the future for your child.
Conclusively, ensure your child has the best time of his life and don’t hesitate to show him pictures/videos of his 1year old birthday once his old enough to understand. It’s one history you shouldn’t take away from him or her, as he or she will appreciate you for it.