I can’t stress enough(see what I did there) As moms, we tend to want everything absolutely perfect. From the cake to the tablecloths. We want the best for our kids. I am a perfectionist and I put a lot of effort into the details. I learn that it is OK to not stress about the little things. Everything won’t always go as plan. It is ok to chill for a minute and take a breather. The last thing you want to do is stress over a birthday party. I stress all the time and Gerson always has to let me know, everything will turn out ok. I was stressing over invitations for crying out loud.
Don’t overload yourself!
If someone offers to help, take it! Not just anyone will offer to help, especially for a kid party. How does that saying go “If you want it done right, do it yourself ” Although, I do believe this is true. It’s nice to have a helping hand, whether it may be picking up balloons or setting up decorations? I know it is hard to ask for help at times if someone offers to help, that is because they WANT to help. My sister was a huge help with the centerpieces and some decor. My husband was helpful overall. Also, if you are severing food don’t try to make everything yourself. For example, if you plan on making food have someone make the cake and dessert if you plan on having any or vise-versa. If you overload yourself it will take you my first point…stressing…
Don’t let others overwhelmed you!
“You shouldn’t have a party, its a waste of money?” “Why throw a big party, he won’t remember it anyway?” “You have to have a huge party, he only turns one once.” I cant go on. In the end, It is your choice if you want to have a small intimate party, or a big bash or nothing at all. Someone will always give their two cents. Don’t let others give you s guilt trip.
Don’t be late to your own kids’ party!
Yall!! This happened to me! Zion’s party was at my in-laws’ house, which is a block away. My godson was staying the weekend with us. Just as I was grabbing last minutes ready to walk out the door and incident happen with my godson. Let’s just say there was blood involved. Thank God he didn’t have to go to the hospital BUT it was my fault for not leaving the house earlier. Things come up and life happens.
Don’t go over budget!
This one can be a hard one. It is very important to stay within your budget if you have a budget. Food is one of the main that will drive up the cost. Think about what area you want to focus on. I like to bargain shop. Anything I can find on sale or DIY, I’m about that bargain life. Can I get an amen!! lol, We splurge on food and cake. We have a good friend who owns his own catering business as a side job and we absolutely love his cooking! Just thinking about it, makes my mouth water! Many of my guests asked for his number because he fell in love with his tacos. Yes, we had authentic street tacos and bacon wrap hot dogs for the adults and regular hot dogs for the kids.
Do take pictures before the party!
It is very important to take pictures before the party and have someone take them for you! You don’t want to spend all your time, effort and money just to miss out on what you planned and created. You want the nice pictures of the party and details before the kiddos take over. On a side note, have someone you trust and reliable to take pictures and video during the party. You will be running around taking care of the guest and other party stuff. So that will be one less thing you will have to do. I asked one of my students who is starting off in photography.What better way practice for a birthday party. He did a pretty good job in my opinion! Thanks, Nick!
Do use your resources!
Use what’s around you. If you have extra supplies and/or decor TRY to use them. I had used white porcelain vase from my gender reveal and baby shower as centerpieces. Ask for referrals to get the best for your buck. For instance, photos- I didn’t spend any money on capturing the awesome moments. Nick was more than happy to take photos. Even though I am a photographer sometimes you just need someone to else to it for you. Also, his mom, my good friend Elda is very creative and has done fruit bars for events.
Do what you want!!!!
Since it’s a first birthday party, you can do whatever you want!! This is your chance do whatever theme you like without your kid throwing a fit and before Spider-man and Frozen themes kick in.
Do yourself a favor and him your child nap!
Zion fights his sleep. He doesn’t want to miss anything that goes around him. Lol I knew that if he didn’t nap he would be sleepy during the party and that’s a big NO NO! He did fall asleep about an hour before the party and we had to wake him up 30 mins into the party. That’s probably why most of the pictures he looks in a daze. My he is still adorable.
Do keep it short!
Honestly, this one is really up to you. But from my experience, it’s good to keep it short just because you don’t wanna overwhelm your kid. Or have too much going on. I say about 2 to 3 hours is a good time for a first birthday party.
Do HAVE FUN!
Point blank period. Enjoy yourself, seize the moment. If you have a moonwalk, jump in it. If you have some sort of entertainment, participate with your little one. Your baby might not remember his or her first party but everyone will and most important YOU will. 🙂
If you think I missed anything or have any other suggestions please feel free to comment. I would love your feedback. 🙂