Birthday parties have never been hotter than they are right now, especially Baby’s first birthday party, which is all the rage nowadays! Mom and Dad might not be able to splurge on every birthday party, but, come on—the first? That’s a big deal! A very big deal! And parents—who are veterans of other people’s first-birthday bashes for their babies–are pulling out all of the stops in search of ways to make their little one’s “Big 1” the coolest and most memorable social event! That’s where Party Fiesta Balloon Décor, San Jose, California’s premier balloon-decorating company, helps Moms and Dads save the day!
And why not, after all? You did it! You survived the toughest 12 months any parent faces…and lived to tell the tale! It’s time to celebrate the joy of what you have accomplished and share with those closest to you the love you all feel for Baby!
There’s no magic spell that can create a perfect party for your baby’s first birthday, but there is a magic formula for parents to follow (passed secretly from parent to parent!) when faced with the daunting task of pulling off Baby’s 1st birthday party. It’s The Four “S”s: Short, Sweet, Small and Simple!
“S” #1: Keep It SHORT! Nothing has the taint of “This was a bad idea!” as much as tossing a party of truly epic proportions for a baby who will have no recollection of the event whatsoever—good, bad or indifferent! While our attention spans are something to marvel at, Baby’s is not. When it comes to that all-important first birthday party, keep in mind that you are tempting fate if you plan for anything longer than 60 to 90 minutes, from “Hello” to “Goodbye”.
It’s not just your own baby’s partying endurance you need to take into consideration when planning the big day. If you are inviting other babies, keep this image in mind: Once one baby starts wailing, it will, inevitably, trigger a chain reaction—guaranteed or double your money back! So, plan for a brief but well-paced party…one that is scheduled for after Baby has been fed and after Baby has napped! Hopefully all of the other little guests will be on that same eat/sleep track!
“S” #2: Keep It SWEET! Although the first birthday party is more for the parents and family than for Baby, try to keep in mind that it is Baby’s special day and surround him or her with many of the things that are most familiar: a beloved toy or a favorite blankie—just to remind your little one that even in the midst of all of this excitement, he or she is still where he feels most comfortable! Most folks do tend to party at home, but if you are holding your bash at a restaurant or a hall, bringing along those little touches of “home” will mean so much to the birthday child (and probably will go a long way toward heading off any potential tantrum on the horizon!).
“S” #3: Keep It SMALL! Like many adults, Baby can be overwhelmed easily by loud crowds of strangers. So, if you’re willing to do a little crowd control, plan for a very intimate affair. Some people feel the number of other baby guests should be equal to the age of the birthday child (Baby turning one? Only one other baby should be invited). Still others feel that may be too rigid a rule-of-thumb. If you just can’t bear to leave people out, try to limit the guest list to only your closest friends and family members. If you have any expectations of assistance from any other adults in attendance, be sure to ask in advance if they are willing to pitch in, if necessary. Everyone likes to feel needed, especially if they feel they are to play a special role in the day’s festivities!
“S” #4: Keep It SIMPLE! The image you want to remember of your baby on First Birthday Party Day is one of happiness and delight—not of that dazed/confused/deer-in-the-headlights/fear-is-turning-into-sheer-terror look that sometimes precedes Baby’s meltdown when he or she becomes emotionally/physically overwhelmed by the whirl and swirl of activity around him or her.
Keep the mania to a minimum, meaning just one or two quick games (think: short attention spans! Even if there are older kids in attendance, you really can have too much of a good thing!). Possibly offer just one larger gift as a party favor, rather than goody bags full of lots of little items that could pose a choking hazard for the younger tots). Stick to just a few small finger foods to make the party less of a clean-up hassle (maybe even a party platter ordered from a local grocery store for complete convenience?) and consider individual cupcakes, rather than a huge, elaborate cake. Don’t worry—you and your camera will still be able to catch that hilarious “Baby gets the frosting all over his or her face” cake-smashing moment!
Some parents stress out about what the “theme” of Baby’s first-birthday party should be in the first place. Sure, you can plan as elaborately as you wish, but there’s something to be said for simplicity. A memorable first-birthday party can be as easy as based on a favorite color, a favorite shape (polka dots?) or a favorite character from a TV series or beloved storybook! Many parents opt for a time-capsule theme, where they and the guests tuck away pertinent items that will have meaning to Baby a few years down the road, when the Time Capsule is produced on another important birthday, and everyone can share in the memories!
Balloons, of course, are a first-birthday party “must”! Some parents like to have special columns or arches designed or even have a huge number “1” created out of balloons! Still others want every table dressed up with a fancy balloon centerpiece. And still others love to fill the ceiling with a ton of loose balloons so they can get a kick out of watching Baby gaze up at the brightly-colored balloon ceiling and shimmering curly ribbons cascading downward! That’s when it’s Party Fiesta Balloon Décor to the rescue! Their expert team of Certified Balloon Artists knows every secret to making your child’s first birthday party (and every party after that!) a smashing success!
Party Fiesta Balloon Décor is located at 999 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126. Call (408) 292-6000 for more information or visit their website: www.partyfiestadecor.com!