Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Individual tips & ideas for planning a baby's birthday party | My Motherhood Diary

One of the best things about being a mum is planning parties and events for your child. With so many things to do, though, planning parties sometimes falls to the bottom of my list. I adore having all my nearest and dearest around me for a party, but never feel as though I have the time. A few month's back it was Dexter's first birthday, and I set my sights on hosting an event that everyone would remember. Now, I can't wait to start planning his next birthday (I know, it's ages away), and so I've been noting down ideas. I thought I would write a quick post to share some of my ideas and tips with you.
Make a themed cake
This one is a bit of a challenge, but I am willing to give it a go! I want to make a themed cake for the next party I host. I've been looking online, and there are quite a few tutorials out there that I might use. Of course, there are loads of recipes and stuff, but I like the idea of following a video on YouTube so that I can pause it when I need to. The baking isn't so much the hard part here; it is the decorating that will take a long time. I suggest getting some premade sheets of icing and using them.
plan activities
For the party itself, you need activities and games. You will probably invite loads of mothers with young children, and so you need to find a way to entertain them. I like the idea of classic kids' games, such as 'pin the tail on the donkey' and 'hide and seek'. You should do a little research and find games that are age appropriate for the kids attending the party. The important thing is that each activity should hold the children's attention.
Get personal balloons
Decorating the room for the party is perhaps the biggest job of all. If you are anything like me, you will not have a whole load of time to do this job. I'm thinking of ordering balloons before the party from a site like Balloons Galore. I think it is important to get personalised balloons for the party, and so I might get some with Dexter's name on them. Alternately, there are, of course, character balloons and birthday ones too.

(Image by Jonathan)
Make some bunting
You might have seen my post back in October about creating bunting from baby towels. Now is the perfect time to use the skills we learned then and apply them to a real-life situation. Small kids grow so fast, and so using up their old clothes this way makes sense. You can use the bunting as a decoration in your living space. Hang it from the ceiling for a party effect.
Appoint a photographer
If you have a baby, you know that every event turns into a photo shoot. The moment your friends come around to your house, they are going to want to take a million photos of your little one. If you want people to enjoy the party, you should appoint just one photographer for the event. Ask your partner or closest friend to take all the birthday pictures. You can send copies of the photos to people after the event.

Don't forget the adults!
When you plan a party for children, it is easy to forget the adults who will attend too. You should plan a few fun things for the adults to do while the kids are playing games. You could even plan some party games for the adults so that they can take part in the celebrations as well.

I hope these tips help you when you plan your child's next birthday. At the moment, these are just vague ideas, but I have a matter of months to nail down the details!

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