When I think of a kids birthday party, I think of balloons, games, those silly little hats, laughter, family and friends! Great, seems very achievable. I started to plan Scarlett’s birthday and felt a little overwhelmed. You want it to be just right, you want it to be fun and memorable but where do you start?
Well, a first birthday is really for the parents. Your child will only remember what you tell them and the pictures you show them.
Here is what I have done for my daughters first birthday party (so far).
- Invitations – Send out an invitation via email (for great grandparents give them a call or send a paper invitation). I was going to send out invitations via mail, but I couldn’t believe how much it was going to cost. It was a little silly to be honest. To print and mail was going to be around $80.
- Games. For a first birthday you don’t really need games, unless you have older kids attending. I am going to have a couple lawn games for the adults to play. Keep it simple.
- The Cake. Decide on a cake or cupcakes. Sugar or no sugar? Be sure to check out Tasty Thursday (June 19) for the cake recipe I used. Yum yum.
- Food. Set out some platters of fruits and veggies, maybe a couple of bowls of chips.
- Photo Booth. I’ve seen these at weddings, so why not at a birthday party!
- Party Favours. Since it’s a sock monkey birthday party, the little party favours are little sock monkeys. There are tons of tutorials for how to make sock monkeys, however, I dropped the ball and had to buy them. Plan ahead.
At first I was a little overwhelmed but then I started to do one thing at a time and it all is starting to come together.
I can’t believe my little monkey is going to be a year old. I feel like just yesterday that Drew and I were making the announcement that we’re going to be parents.