By Justine C. Tajonera
Many parents give a lot of attention to their baby's first birthday party. However, they sometimes forget that their child is too young to actually appreciate their efforts. Below are some tips for parents on how to maximize their child's first birthday party without breaking the bank while making sure that it's still memorable.
Document the Event for Years to Come
If there's one thing a parent should invest in it should be the documentation of a first birthday party. Since a child will be too young to appreciate or even remember his first birthday party, it would make sense for parents to preserve the memory for their child. When the child is older, he will surely appreciate all the effort that his parents put into his first birthday party. If the parents can spare the time, they can even put together a little scrapbook for their child so that their child can go over the story of their first birthday over and over again.
Make Sure the Adults Enjoy the Food and Activities
A first birthday party is more of an adult affair rather than a children's affair. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to have a lot of kids present during the party. However, the birthday celebrant will not be able to interact with the other children, much less appreciate magic shows and games. Thus, parents should make sure that activities and food are suited to the friends and family that they will invite to the party.
No Need to Splurge on Giveaways, Decor and Entertainment
While a first birthday party should be special, there's no need for parents to splurge too much on giveaways, decor and entertainment as their child will be too young to appreciate them anyway, other than in pictures. A simple token of appreciation for the guests will do. The decor can be consistent with the theme and need not be extravagant at all. Lastly, parents can concentrate their budget on the quality of the food and the venue, which their adult guests and relatives will appreciate, rather than the host and entertainment.
Have Grandparents, Relatives and Friends Write Down their Birthday Wishes
Lastly, as part of the legacy that parents may want to leave to their child, they can ask grandparents, relatives and other guests to write down their birthday wishes for the birthday celebrant. If it is part of the documentation package, they can have it recorded on video so that the birthday celebrant will be able to see and hear what their grandparents, aunts and uncles wished for him on his birthday. This sharing of good wishes will surely make the event more memorable both for the guests, the parents and the birthday celebrant.
Looking for inspiring first birthday party themes? Why not a story-book themed children's party for your little one? If you are looking for something unique for a toddler or preschooler, add some spice to a children's party by having a DIY Cupcake Booth at your child's birthday party that both kids and adults will love.