Having celebrated our fair share of 1 year birthdays I'd like to share with you a few helpful tips from our own experience about how to keep things going smoothly for your celebration. It goes without saying that these reminders aren't just useful for first birthdays or even limited only to birthdays, but any celebration you might be having.
I know, you're so excited to celebrate, that you've survived a whole year, with this child of yours, that it's tempting to go nuts with decor, food, and guest lists planning the perfect Pinterest Party, but don't bite off more than you can chew or you'll be too stressed to have fun.
Not the decorations, not the food...Plan ahead, make lists and give tasks to friends and family to help. Siblings are great resources and I have so enjoyed watching my children want to help celebrate each other. It's about celebrating your child, not how perfect a party you threw.
The best time for your schedule might not be the best time for your child. It's disappointing to have a kid cry instead of enjoy their first cake because they really need a nap, but sometimes even the best of us forget to factor that in when planning a party on the weekend.
We are parents, first not photographers. Ask a friend or family member to take pictures so you can focus on having fun and celebrating with your child and family. I know we are all attached to our phones too, but limit yourself to a couple of selfies with your kid and be done.
Are you celebrating one of your children's birthday? What tips would you suggest? Feel free to post your own favorite party planning tips in the comments and share this post with someone you know!