Continued from Countdown to First Birthday Party (Part 1)
One Week Ahead
Shop for party supplies. If you weren’t able to shop online for the party supplies, this is the time to do it. Go to the party supplies store and buy decorations that will go with your theme. Buy the plates, paper cups, forks, and balloons.
Plan the games. Make a list of games that are appropriate for younger children. Your birthday boy may not be able to join the parlor games, but he will sure enjoy watching the guests have some fun.
Create your menu. List down the food that you plan to serve at the party. A great idea is to serve cookies as one of your party foods. You can bake (or buy) them ahead and not worry until the party day. Add food items that are easy to prepare and make ahead to minimize all the fuss and stress that you’ll probably feel as the big day comes close.
Download your playlist. Search for nursery rhymes and birthday songs and compile them in one file. That way, you can just turn on your mp3 player and leave it by itself – it will surely keep the music flowing while everybody’s having a blast.
Prepare meals ahead. Prepare freezable items, such as cake pops, lasagna, or anything that can be made ahead and frozen that is listed on your menu.
Order the cake and food. That is, if you are not preparing them.
2 Days Ahead
Make that call. Chase up RSVPs that are left out.
Shop more. Buy any items left on your shopping list. Make sure to complete your supplies for decorations, food, drinks, utensils, etc.
If you are baking the cake, do it now. You may freeze it overnight and ice it in the morning.
Whip up the salad dressing,if you are serving one.
Charge the batteries. Make sure your camera/video camera batteries are charged before the big event.
To light it up. Make sure you have the birthday candle and matches stashed safely, but don’t forget where you hide them!
Ask for help. Write specific instructions for your designated help. It could be a special tasks that he or she is going to do to make the party more special.
Decorate the party venue. You can do this just after dinner or before going to bed,
Preparation and more preparation. If you are making sandwiches, prepare them in the morning. Place the sandwiches in a serving basket and cover them with tea cloth to keep them fresh. Slice fruits and veggies for desserts and salads.
Pick up cake/food. Pick them up in the morning and don’t risk rushing to do them a couple of hours before the party starts.
Keep valuables and breakables out of reach. Better to be safe than sorry.
Set the table. Make sure the food and drinks are ready and everything is set.
Enjoy! It’s your baby’s first birthday, you both deserve to celebrate!