Planning a birthday celebration for your toddler is not difficult at all . . . when you have a plan. Celebrating a toddler birthday is both exciting for the child as it is for the parents. I know this was the case for our family.
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When our son was born, it was the start of many future celebrations. We couldn’t wait to experience this with our son.
First Time Celebrations
- First Christmas – we dressed up our son and daughter in a santa onesie for Christmas Mass (cutest thing ever)
- First Halloween – our son jumped up and down with excitement as a purple dinosaur. He was sick to go out trick or treating so he helped hand out candy.
- First Easter – bunny rabbits and chocolate
- First Birthday – the best “firsts”
When you have a child, you want to give them everything. Half the joy is just watching your child’s eyes light up when they experience something for the first time.
First 12 Months
The first 12 months are a learning curve for us parents. Babies do not come with a manual. Babies as well as parents are all learning together to cope with each other. They are such precious little beings. You cannot wait to give them everything:
- teach them how to crawl
- how to sit up
- eventually walk
- eat regular baby food
- first words
- first touch
- The list goes on.
Then it’s time for their first birthday. WOW!! Cake Smash session. I wish I knew then what I know now. I actually do it for others. A Cake Smash!! A photography session where the birthday child gets to smash a pretty cake to bits. Hilarious!! Take my word for it. As a photographer, I have done a few cake smash sessions. They can go either way. You get some children who don’t like to get dirty and then you get some who go to town on the cake. It’s absolute fun watching, either way. Want to know something funny?
Cake Smash Session:
Back in the day, no one knew what cake smash photography was. But my mom made it a point when she sat each of my children in front of their first birthday cake, she put their little hands into the cake to see what they would do. She actually invited them to smash the cake. Folks, my mom invented the “Cake Smash”!! 😊 Her and a million other grandmothers and mothers, some 20 years ago.
Here are some of the things you might want to look into when preparing for your child’s birthday. A few things to just consider. A little helping hand. I went through it twice with a boy and then a girl. Here are a few things I did when planning my child’s birthday.
- Birthday parties are usually just family and close friends.
- Go with an age appropriate cake, ex: Disney themed cakes, colour-themed (blue and pink)
- Matching themed cake plates and plastic cutlery
- Choose a photographer to have a Cake Smash Session either before or after actual party – will do family portraits as well
Second to Fourth Birthday
- It will be a different theme: cartoons that they watch
- Research for your child’s cake baker on social media – so many local mom groups out there eager to help you out
- Stick with the paper plates matching your theme – easy cleanup
- Plastic tablecloth of the same theme
- Helium balloons and regular balloons for the kids to play with
- Search some games for the kids to play
Fifth – Twelfth Birthday
- Now they are in the school age.
- They have just met a whole slew of friends – it’s so adorable to see them intermingle with one another
- Birthdays are just now becoming a bigger deal to both you and your growing toddler
- Different themes arise every year – characters your children fall in love with
- Back in the day my kids loved . . . Shrek, Toy Story, Harry Potter (still popular-more with the parents 😊), Barbies, Princesses (all still popular for little girls) and who can forget the “Justin Bieber” craze.
Thirteenth – Fifteenth Birthday
- Enter . . . The Teenage Years . . . yay!! 😊 It wasn’t too bad
- They want their privacy now
- You prepare the food and make sure everyone is happy and then you leave the room
- Then you hear all the giddiness and talking (and screeching) start . . . sheesh !!
- That’s ok with me … I could use the break from all the preparations
- at this stage it’s easier just finding a venue like a restaurant, so they can enjoy each others company.
- click here to find out how to handle older birthdays and more lists
With all this information I have shared with you, may be a little overwhelming. But it really shouldn’t be. All you need to do is to first make a plan, write things down and maybe even create a folder to keep all the information at your fingertips. You can also have this folder to hold receipts and invoices, so you know how much you spent.
I have created for you a couple of spreadsheets to plan out your next event. One of the lists is an invitation list where you will be able to:
- name of your guests
- check mark of the invitation sent out
- who is attending
- who cannot attend
- how many adults
- how many children
- and a place to write down notes
Another list I have created gives you the opportunity to budget yourself:
- list of possible supplies
- where to buy your supplies
- amount needed
- actual cost
I have also created a blank list for you to put the supplies you need if they are a little different then mine.
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Happy Planning folks. Hope I made your planning a little bit less stressful 🙂