There is nothing I love more than a party, so when my daughter’s first birthday approached, I knew we were going to do something special. Parties are so much fun to plan, but they are a lot of work. The best thing to do is to start early, so you have plenty of time to get yourself organised in the process.
The most important thing for any party is to have a theme. Too many times I have seen parents ignore the theme and just have a general ‘party’, but I can tell you now, this is much harder. The theme doesn’t have to extravagant, it can even be as simple as ‘blue and white’. Just picking colours gives you something to stick to when it comes to picking tablecloths, backdrops, napkins, cups and even the cake. Just a simple theme can bring the whole party together and make it look like lots of thought and effort went into it (even if it was pulled together last minute).
If you are looking to get a bit more daring with themes, have a chat with your child and find out what they are interested in. Luckily for me, Cassie isn’t talking yet, so on her behalf I picked a fairy theme. Some other great ideas are circus, safari, their favourite TV show, tea party, boho (a popular one these days) – the list goes on.
Once you settle on a theme (and a date of course!), you can start purchasing the goodies. By planning in advance you can stretch the budget over a couple of months so it doesn’t hit you all at once. Think essentials: invites, napkins, plates, balloons, cake, table cloth, and once those are bought, expand from there. You can start looking into the personal touches like a back drop for your party table, favours for your guests and other knickknacks you can place around the party that will add to the theme. Less is often more at these occasions. Make sure you stick to your theme and don’t go overboard. Depending on the age of the kids it can be a good idea to look into some entertainment for the day, whether that includes games like Pass the Parcel or a hired entertainer like a clown.
Of course, food is a big deal too. If you are an organiser like me, baking and freezing a couple of months in advance works really well. It saved me the last-minute run around! If you aren’t a cook, then stock up on the frozen foods when they go on special.
Just remember, parties are meant to be fun! Make the day special by focusing on the birthday boy or girl and make sure you take lots and lots of photos!