Birthday Parties for Toddlers by Christine Lee-McNaughton
Circus clowns, magicians, bouncy gyms, and inflatable castles…That’s what I’m all about! Just kidding. I am deathly afraid of clowns, too cheap to hire a magician, and bouncy gyms and inflatable castles scare me because I see “DISASTER” written all over them. That’s just me though. I’m pretty paranoid about kids getting hurt under my watch. Bouncy gyms and inflatable castles are super cool at other people’s parties though!
Last year, we had a huge birthday bash for Little One. It was her 1st birthday party and we were happy to have her home with us. I was a bit concerned about having a big party with kids of all ages, since even though Little One was technically a year old, she wasn’t “really” a year old. Being a preemie, her doctors still used her “corrected age”. I wasn’t sure she’d enjoy her party because she was so young and couldn’t participate in any of the activities. At what age do kids actually “remember” their birthday parties?
The question was “do we make a big fuss over her first birthday?”
Any reason for celebrating is a good thing!
I had a Hello Kitty party for her. I slaved over (errr…I mean “lovingly made”) a Hello Kitty pinata out of papier mache. I had a custom designed Hello Kitty cake made especially for Little One’s big day. Yes, I was pretty crazy. We invited everyone and their cousin’s uncle’s pet monkey. It was pretty chaotic.
Was it worth it? Of course! Will she remember her party? Probably not. The photos and stories will remind her though. Even though Little One was too young to remember her party, at least the older kids enjoyed it immensely!
For the school aged kids, we had pin the tail on the donkey, hot potato and the pinata. The little kids were happy to play with the balloons. Incidentally, I am totally against balloons and think they are choking hazards. Little One’s grandma (my Mom) was adamant that we have balloons though.
I’m a huge party planner. I LOVE entertaining. I love coming up with themes, decorations, delectable treats, a sumptuous menu, and interactive games. Yes, I’m one of those weird moms who totally gets into the whole party mode. I also love thinking about what kind of giveaways I can give to our guests. I’ve always believed that it is a MUST to give your guests a parting gift as a thank you for coming to your party and sharing your special day.
Well, Little One’s 2nd birthday is fast approaching. I’m already starting to think of a theme. It’s a toss up between a Safari Party or a Princess Ballerina Party. Let me be the first to say that I was totally against all things frou-frou, pink, and girly princess. However, I have made tutus for Little One and her best friends, and they all look absolutely ADORABLE in them. Oh, and pink is not that bad after all. Little One looks really cute in pink.
What do you do to ensure you have a successful birthday party for your child? Do you throw big parties for your kids or do you keep it low key and just for the family?
Christine is a member of the BornFree Mom Panel.
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