I am starting to plan Missy Moo’s 1st birthday party for June. I know I can’t believe my little girl is turning one year old already. I hate even saying it out loud. I am going to be doing a mini series of posts for ‘planning a 1st birthday party’. I hope you will all find this helpful or at least entertaining.
“Making The Lists”
It’s all about being organized and prepared for me. I am a list maker. I make them for just about everything, right down to my daily “to do” list. As I start to plan Missy Moo’s 1st birthday party, the lists have started!
I start by making a master list! Followed by a few mini lists for each category. My master list is an overview of everything I need to do, contact, research and double check on, guiding me on where to start first.
– Who will come? Just Family or Friends or Both?
-Formal or Informal Party?
– Choose Venue & Date!
– Design Invites
– Choose a theme / color of decorations
– Design the Cake and who will make it? Yourself? A company?
– Pick the style of food & who will make it? Me? Caterer?
– Design or pick the cake for Cake Smashing Photo Shoot
– Do you want Music & Entertainment?
– Who will help with what?
Then the mini lists start like mini branches to my master list.
I make a list of everyone we want to share her magical day with, both family and friends. I put a star next to those that I will need addresses for and leave blank next to those I can hand deliver the invites to.
I make a list of the various themes I have in mind. Do some online research for ideas. Pinterest is great for this. You might even want to make a Pinterest board specifically for the party to keep your ideas all in one place.
All the possible local venues, their availability and prices. Some do package deals or have added bonuses. Like our community center was a bonus for Buba’s birthday bash as it was right next to a huge park that we all went to play on after the party since we only had the room for a few hours.
Once I have chosen my theme and venue, I make a list of all the decorations I want. I start by drawing on a piece of paper what I envision the venue to look like fully decorated. What color of balloons and streams do I want? Do I want bunting? What decorations can I make as a craft project and what will I need to buy for them? These are among the many questions and answers I jot down on this list. Pinterest is also good for ideas on decorations.
This list is simple. How many people are coming? What type of party or atmosphere do you want it to have? Buffet style or sit down meal. Usually for a kids 1st birthday cold or hot buffet style or sandwiches are best for socializing and kids playing around. Make sure you have enough cake for everyone. We have gone to so many parties where they just picked a pretty cake and didn’t even have enough cake for everyone. We have to consider allergies for Buba so a place that caters for that is a must for us. Add to this list possible cake makers or designs you want to try to bake yourself.
If you are having a small or big party this still applies. Do you want fun music playing in the background? Or a DJ in a pub? Maybe a bouncy castle or a entertainer for the kids? I am making a playlist on my ipod for the music but we are having entertainment from our local music class, Rock N Learn. Most music class teachers do private parties which I didn’t know until I had Buba’s second birthday and it was a hit, and not expensive at all.
This list is part of your master list. Contact name and number for the venue, cake maker, entertainment or DJ if you are having one. Caterer if it’s separate from the venue and you don’t fancy doing it yourself.
Make a list of people that you can ask to do specific things and what they will be doing. It’s always cheap and easier on you if you ask for help. I have friends helping with decorating, making food, making the cake even, and a few to stay behind and help me clean up. It’s not rude to ask. It’s your special moment too with your child as they turn 1! So never be afraid to delegate the chores out so you can enjoy the day to it’s fullest.
Once I have made all my lists many of my questions have been answered and now it’s all about making final decisions and checking off those mini lists as you complete each one. This can be helpful for the smallest or biggest of parties making the process of that special day so much fun and keep you right on track so you have no added pressure when that BIG DAY creeps up on you. Because it always does!
Stay tuned for PART 2: Booking It All & Making The Invites