I will admit that I had a totally different post in mind for today, but when flipping through my old photos from months back I found some pictures that I found too cute not to share. As I flipped through these photos I felt a bit guilty as I am quick to give this blog a lot of “me in outfits” posts and shares but I rarely share on some fun times I have with my kids, my real treasures. I decided to let my focus today be on them and to share with you a little about their Birthday party (that was back in May).
This Birthday celebrated our toddlers, Xander (turned 3), Elizabeth and Max (turned 2) as their Birthdays fell right near each other in late April, mid May. For this Birthday party my hubby and I decided on the theme of Firefighters and Giraffes (as both were of interest to our toddlers at the time). Our toddlers and 6 year old already attended a toddler music class once a week and the mascot or head puppet was a giraffe so of course we held the party here and invited several of our family members and friends.
The party started out with some music, bubble play, instrument playing, parachute fun to music and more…
After most of the music or finger plays were finished “Gigi” the giraffe puppet came out and helped sing-a-long to some songs that our toddlers got to pick out. Then “Gigi’s” cousin “JoJo” the giraffe joined in too. The puppets definitely held the attention of most of the babies up to older age kids. Gigi helped give our toddlers a gift bag for their Birthdays which was sweet.
Then we had some light snacks (strawberries, grapes, crackers, pretzels, juices) and lastly cupcakes with different icings that my sisters and I helped put together.
After eating we had our toddlers open a few of their gifts but they became quickly overwhelmed with all the activity going on so we brought out some toys for the children and our toddlers to play with while the adults cleaned up, chatted or left the party.
Xander got a new bike from his Nana along with some fireman clothes and hats for he and Max.
Elizabeth got some bath toys and stuffed animals, and Max some bubble maker toys.
Overall the party was a success but it took a lot of planning and organization ahead of time and so today I thought I would share some tips on how to make hosting a party (especially for a little one)easier and less stressful:
1). Designate a photographer- My sisters took turns taking photos of the party and did an excellent job. This left me with enjoying the kids and not so much focusing on capturing everything. Live in the moment.
2). Talk with any party coordinators or businesses ahead of time- talk about the schedule of events ahead of time. Plan specific songs or extras that may happen. Find out general housekeeping rules of the facility.
3). Don’t stress about the food for a little ones party: I stressed about wanting to feed everyone a meal when in reality little ones don’t eat well anyway so just provide light snacks and have the party in between meal times. Get family members to help prepare or even bring food ahead of time. My mother-in-law even put together the goody bags per child that came and her mother brought extra juice boxes and crackers.
4). Gifts can wait: If the party is too overwhelming for a toddler already then perhaps one or two gifts can be open but if they start loosing interest just let them move on. This happened to my little guys. I think this was hard on some of the family members as they really wanted to see the little ones open the gifts but sometimes it is ok to thank the giver and assure them the gift will get open later.
5). You don’t have to have everything in the party themed around the Birthday theme: Yes, I said it. While it is nice to have the food, decorations and everything else revolve around one theme, sometimes it is less hectic to have suttle ways of having the themed Birthday. We don’t need a Pinterest Birthday party now do we? Our little ones won’t remember or be super impressed if everything is “Princess” or “Ninja Turtles.” While having themed Birthdays are fun we chose our theme to be shown in little ways such as a table decor, and the place where the party was held for the “Giraffe” theme. We didn’t go all out and put giraffes and firetrucks on everything. (However I might add for other past parties my hubby and I were quick to go all out on a theme but choose not to for this particular one).
6). Have fun! Cherish the laughter and memories made.
After the party we couldn’t help but snag some photos of the toddlers in their firefighting gear. Aren’t they cute?
What tips do you have for your little ones parties? What would you do differently?
*Disclaimer: there were several more photos taken at this party however to keep the privacy of the other children and guests I tried not to disclose many more faces than the ones of my own children.