First-time parents will know the strange mix of excitement and anxiety thatâ??s felt when the time comes to plan a party for their baby. After all, childrenâ??s parties are quite different from the parties that most couples had become accustomed to in the years before becoming parents, and not everyone has had any experience in planning a childrenâ??s party.
But that doesnâ??t mean you have to lose your marbles over planning your babyâ??s party. In fact, you should enjoy the first few years and use these parties as practice, because pretty soon, your little man or young lady will be dictating all the finer details of their parties themselves
Hereâ??s a simple breakdown of all the things you need to consider:
Â· Work out your budget!
Perhaps the most important aspect of party planning for first-time parents, working out the budget is also often overlooked. Remember that itâ??s alright not to throw a birthday extravaganza like Gwyneth Paltrow did for her sonâ??s 8th birthday party. After all, not all parents can afford to rent several food trucks for their kidsâ?? friends. Find a budget that doesnâ??t leave you with empty pockets, but doesnâ??t leave your guests wanting either.
Â· Organize the guest list.
Youâ??ll most probably only have family and some old friends at the first few parties, but as soon as your kids start going to school, theyâ??ll Cialis have more and more friends to invite. You might feel the need to invite the whole neighborhood to your childrenâ??s parties, but remember to stay within your budget! Party food veteran Sue Etheridge, whoâ??s been working with the Marks and Spencer Food to Order range for the past 20 years, recommends preparing 6-8 portions of finger food for each guest at any party, so ask yourself: can you afford to serve 6-8 pieces of finger food to 50 guests? Be practical!
Â· Plan the particulars.
Are you hosting the party at home? Will you be hosting games? What items will you need to prepare for the party? Will there be a theme? Your kids might not be able to participate fully in the activities just yet, but remember that scientists have found that kids as young as 2 years old have already been able to create solid memories! Make the party as memorable as you can — after all, youâ??re all going to enjoy looking through the old photo albums later on.
When it gets right down to the nitty-gritty, an app likeÂ Cozi can really help you keep things organized and in check! Create To Do lists and shopping lists for your parties, and accomplish them ahead of time. This way, at the party, youâ??ll be enjoying the cake and cookies just like everyone else!
Note: This is a guest blog post.