Planning for your baby’s first birthday party can be very exciting and at the same time, stressful.
Without the necessary knowledge and know-hows, your planning can turn from best to worst. For this reason, it is important to know how to really plan your baby’s first birthday.
After all, your baby is special and his or her party should be special too.
For this reason, let me share with you a checklist for planning your baby’s first birthday party.
1. Know your budget
Whether you have plenty of money or not, you may want to prepare your budget. The budget is among the most influential factor when it comes to preparing the birthday party. It will dictate how much money you are willing to spend.
Always remember to create your budget with unexpected costs in mind. You might be surprised that most unexpected costs pop up during the last-minute.
For most parents, their homes always come first in their minds when thinking about a venue. Of course, this is for a good reason. For one, it greatly decreases the cost. However, if you don’t have enough space in your home to hold the party or you are willing to shell out a bigger amount of money, be sure you select the right venue.
Choose the venue that is quiet and private where you and your guests can use. Remember to choose a venue that’s baby-friendly. Consider venues that have the right amenities for young children.
Having your party on weekdays may be inconvenient. Most parents and children are available during the weekends. Scheduling your party on the weekends will also be helpful for your relatives and friends.
You should also consider holding your party after naptime of your baby. This will decrease the likelihood that your baby becomes irritated or grumpy. Consider having the party for 1-2 hours only. Parties can be very overwhelming especially for infants and toddlers.
A party is not enough without the guests. You need to decide how many guests you are able to accommodate. If you are tight on budget, then you need to make the numbers go down. It will be fun to invite parents with kids as well. Remember to include the people whom you wouldn’t celebrate without. Then if you can still add, keep going.
5. Birthday Theme
To further perk up your party, why not have a birthday theme? It really depends upon you which theme you might want. You can consider what your baby wants. For example, if your baby sleeps with stuffed animals, then you might want to have a zoo animal birthday theme.
Babies really don’t need a ton of entertainment. They only have a very short attention span and the games for them are really limited. However, other older kids might be present. So better plan some games for them too.
You can make invitation cards to make it more formal. However, if you are short in budget and time, you can easily send invitations through emails, text messages, phone calls, and even in-person.
8. Photo booths
To add more fun and excitement to your birthday party, photo booths will surely do that for you. Photo booths have become increasingly popular over the last years. Through photo booths, you can instantly and easily capture precious moments. To make it even exciting, you will have your photo in just a matter of seconds. So make sure you get a photo booth. Your guests will surely love it.
Consider the types of people who are going to attend your event. Make sure you have the right food fitting to every guest. You definitely need to have some of your baby’s favorite food. Make sure to choose healthy and nutritious dishes.
10. Party vendors
There are a lot of party vendors that you might want to contact and consider their services. Of course, you can hire as many party vendors as your budget permits. Some of the top party vendors you might want to consider are photographers, caterers, party planners, decorators, disc jockeys, emcees, and others.
These are just some of the things you need to consider when throwing a party for your baby. If this is your first time, then don’t be too stressed. Just enjoy the process and don’t hesitate to get some help from your friends and family members.