Hello mums, new & experienced!!
I wld like to start a thread to collect all ideas on planning/having a birthday party for a toddler. I collected some while planning for my dd's, coming up in a month, and will start off first. If you have some great ideas to share, whether it be regarding the planning, the running, the food, etc etc etc, please share!! I hope this will be a useful thread for all!
~ Timing: take note of your toddler's naps and schedule, and time party accordingly. Also is a factor in your budget and what sort of party you want- if you have it ard mealtimes, you have to offer more food, and contend with menu choices, so an in-betw time (say 3-5pm) may be better
~ People to invite: shd be kept below a dozen including accompanying adults, esp for a first party, as child may be overwhelmed by sudden increase number of pple in the house
~ Toys- put away precious stuff beforehand to reduce conflict. Put out toys that can be shared, eg blocks, legos, trains, etc
~ Food: check for allergies or special diet requirements in guests. Take note also how messy food will be if dropped or spilled, or confine eating to one area- a long table set up with napkins and stuff so all kids eat together, but then you may need to borrow high-chairs!!
~ Party hats: I have the idea to make some simple party hats on my own, then get assorted stickers. When the little guests arrive, they get a hat, and choose the stickers they want to decorate their own hats, I think this may set a nice tone for the start of the party!
~ decor- smth I need to think abt, how important is this really???
~ Cake: I plan to make my own, so will be testing quite some recipes!! I know there's a website called www.deliciouschoices
where you can order vegan cheesecake
~ Games: I can't really think what games to play, as dd's guests will range from age 2-6, it may be too hot outside by then, but I will prepare bubbles, balls to throw around, Chinese yo-yo's, etc. When we had our Easter backyard party, we had bubbles, blow-outs, and turned on a turtle sprinkler, and the kids changed into the swim-suits & had fun. Wld also like some ideas for this!!
I think that's what I have so far..... if you have food, decor & menu & games ideas, do participate!!