Top Tips for Throwing Your Baby’s Birthday Party
Whether your little one is headed toward the first birthday milestone or you’ve had a few years of experience, it’s always nice to get some new ideas and inspiration for the happy event. We’ve assembled the top tips for any type of kid’s birthday party, whether you’re looking for time-saving shortcuts, ideas for handling big crowds or secrets for throwing an epic blast without breaking the bank. Here’s how you can make this birthday the best one yet.
For party planners who just want to have some quick and easy fun, here are the best time-saving tips:
Pick a theme at the store. If your child is old enough to know what he or she wants in a party, go to the store to pick a birthday party theme. Choosing from available options means you won’t have to spend hours searching for décor for a specific theme.
Grab some balloons. Babies and young toddlers can spend hours chasing and playing with balloons, plus they can give your place a festive look in no time. You can grab a bunch at the grocery store or rent a helium tank for endless fun at the party. With little ones, you’ll need to opt for Mylar, or foil, balloons, as latex presents a significant choking hazard.
Get help. Organizing and throwing a party with a baby on your heels is no easy feat, which is why many parents choose to hire a babysitter or have a family member help out on the big day.
Make the cake. Want to know the secret to making a box cake mix taste homemade? Blend one cup of mayonnaise with the eggs instead of the oil and water. Top with easy homemade icing to make it taste like you spent hours.
Keep it simple. If you’re on a time crunch or you just don’t have spare hours to commit to planning and organizing, stick with a basic, simple schedule and trust that everyone will just enjoy being together. Rather than planning several games, consider hiring an entertainer. Balloon artists, a clown or a pet show are great for small babies. Even for simple parties, experts recommend starting your planning around two months before the big day. This can give you time to make reservations and find help.
If you’re looking to throw a party that dozens of people will remember, you need to cater your shindig for large groups. Here’s how to do it:
Have a warm-up. If you’ve got lots of people coming, and sometimes even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to have a warm-up activity. Have some coloring pages laid out or sticker signs for the kids who get there early.
Keep it simple. If you’re going to have lots of guests, multiple activities can be hard to coordinate. Opt for a focal activity that can keep several kids busy at once, like a bounce house or a petting zoo. Another great option is getting pizza and heading to a park.
Go somewhere. Renting out a play center or taking all your guests to a children’s museum can mean less planning and headache for you, but guests still get to have a good time.
Hire help. If you want the adults to be able to relax and enjoy the festivities, consider hiring a few teenagers to help out with the kids and assist you in managing the party.
Check out Pinterest. While Pinterest may be the perfect spot for time-consuming crafts for the talented perfectionist, it’s also a treasure trove for more than one great birthday party idea. You’ll find endless game, birthday party theme and snack ideas that take all the guesswork out of your party planning.
It doesn’t take thousands of dollars to make the day special, in fact, it doesn’t even take hundreds. Parents.com reports that the average amount spent on the party is $250, but 12 percent of respondents do it for less than $100. Here are the secrets to throwing an epic bash without spending endless cash.
Head to the dollar store. With plenty of decorations to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the cutest plates, napkins, cups and more for a buck each.
Send evites. With so many things being done online these days, it just makes sense that party invitations should be one of them. Send a cute invite to their inbox and you won’t even have to fuss with stamps.
Call in a favor. Do you have a friend who makes balloon animals? Or has a clown costume? Or maybe drives a fire truck? Ask if they can do the entertainment. I once dressed as a Disney princess for a friend’s party and taught three-year-old’s how to curtsy. Be creative and you’ll be sure to think of something fun.
Watch the clock. The biggest expense often comes from the food, so plan your party outside of meal times. Shoot for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, depending on your baby’s nap schedule. Also, keep it around an hour and a half; babies can only handle so much fun.
Cheap is fun. Don’t feel like your party is going to be lame if you don’t spend hundreds on entertainment. There are plenty of fun games that don’t cost a thing and are perfect for this age. Think musical chairs, hide and seek, freeze dancing and hot potato.
There are also things to remember no matter what type of party-thrower you are. First, be aware of any food allergies and double-check your food for issues. Also, remember that this is a party for babies and, while you want the parents to have fun, the day is really about your child. A great birthday party idea is to decide what is most important and will make the day the most fun before you do anything else to ensure that you don’t get too caught up in the details and miss the big picture.
Whether you’re throwing the party of the century or prefer a simple get-together with a few friends, following these tips can keep your kid’s birthday party planning easy and fun. For more advice on everything baby, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.