When planning a baby shower, the menu is a top consideration, as we all know how the quality of food can make or break a party! There are many factors that should go into your consideration of baby shower menu ideas, such as the venue, the time of day and year, cost, and, especially, the mom-to-be’s preferences!
When the kids were tiny, we hired a live-in caregiver from Baguio in the Philippines and she has graced our life with love and kindness ever since. Before every special birthday party or event, I would come home from work to find a freezer full of amazing filipino spring rolls, and the kids and I would devour them early in any party! The rolling of these gems always eluded me, so I sat down with her and we all learned proper spring roll rolling technique together.
Here are 10 creative ideas for an affordable and fun kid’s birthday party:
Ugly Holiday sweaters have been the rage for many years, though in 1980 many people thought they were beautiful. Like Elaine’s attire on Seinfeld, bell bottoms or disco wear, what was once accepted as normal becomes fodder for themed office holiday parties.
If you have a friend that’s expecting twins or triplets, it can make for a difficult baby shower; when should it be, what should the theme be and how do you even go about getting presents for multiple babies? As difficult as it may seem, throwing a shower for twins or triplets isn’t much different than throwing a shower for one baby—unfortunately, that isn’t true for the labor part. Here are our twin baby shower ideas.
The Timing—Women expecting multiple babies generally give birth at around 36 or 37 weeks, and often much earlier. But it is much earlier than 36 weeks that women carrying more than one baby begin to feel extremely hormonal, tired and sluggish—the shower should be well before this time, obviously so that the mom can enjoy her shower and have fun. Also, women carrying more babies are more physically progressed in their pregnancy than women carrying only one baby so the longer you wait to throw a shower, the higher the odds the mom-to-be will go into labor or be put on bed rest. To be safe, err on the side of caution and plan a shower for some time between 28 and 32 weeks.
The Theme—Baby showers have such cute themes and with online stores, you can get baby shower paraphernalia for any situation and any theme. If you’re having trouble getting creative, think of things of two that are usually referenced or spoken together. If you know the sexes of the babies, that makes it easier, but if the theme says “twins,” it will be cute no matter the sexes of the babies. Some themes for girl/boy babies could be: Mickey and Minnie, tiaras and crowns or bees and flowers. Ideas for multiple girl babies: stripes and dots, flowers and stripes, sugar and spice or pickles and ice cream—this one has the bonus of being two fabulous colors plus is a stereotypical pregnancy craving. Shower themes for two boy babies could be: sports, cowboys and Indians or snails and puppy dog tails.
The Gift—Obviously, having a shower for multiple babies means that you can’t only give one blanket and a onesie as the parents to be will need multiple sets of everything. For shower gifts for multiple babies, you and the guests may have to get creative with the gifts. People could pool money and get a twin or triplet stroller or give themed baskets of bath-time stuff, bed-time stuff or health care stuff. Alternatively, if the family is set up with everything they will need for the baby, try to have a shower that is a baking party and have people buy and make food to stockpile in the family’s fridge and freezer, or do a diaper drive. Even if a family has all the things they will need for a baby, they will never have enough diapers for multiple babies. You could also do a shower that is only about mom and dad. Have someone give them the promise of child care when everyone has settled in and have someone else give them a dinner out or a half day at the spa.
Planning a shower, no matter the amount of babies, should be fun and a last chance to shower the parents-to-be with gifts, support and love before they welcome their new addition. Whatever you decide to do for gifts, theme or time, ensure it is something the family will be comfortable with and appreciate.
The One Year Old Birthday Party is a celebration not only for your child, but for your family. The milestone of making it through he first year is huge, and a mother and father should take the time to celebrate themselves as much as their child. Many parents skip a formal party altogether, and have a family dinner or quiet evening with their child. Some are so overwhelmed by the last twelve months that a party seems out of the question. Whatever you decide, we suggest that you do something to mark the occasion for yourselves. Lighting a candle, doing a special yoga pose or a walk in the woods can be enough. If parties are you thing… here are the UrbanMommies One Year Old Birthday Party ideas.
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Baby’s First Birthday Invitations
1. Tie a single birthday candle with a ribbon and glue to a blank card.
2. Have invites printed with a photo from the day of birth along with a current photo of your child.
3. Using blank folded cards, grab some non-toxic paint and have a fun activity with your child making hand or foot prints on the invitations. Do it in the bathtub for easier cleanup.
4. Companies like TinyPrints have great themed invitations in funky and current designs. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take advantage of Canada Post’s custom stamps and design one with a photo of baby’s tiny feet or beaming smile.
5. Last minute or think mail is ridiculous? Try an evite invitation and keep it easy and organized.
Goodie Bags and Party Favours
1. We don’t think that any one year old will notice if they leave without a loot bag, but… it can be a nice gesture. Try to get something for the parents that can be used by the baby.
2. Board Books are always a great idea.
3. Travel size wipes, powder and rash cream are constantly needed.
4. If you have the time, a personalized favour is appreciated forever.
5. Why not photocopy your child’s favourite recipes (or just use ours) and make them into a book for the other parents. Cooking and meal planning are always a challenge.
First Birthday Party Games
Really? You actually want to do games with the tots? Why not just take a photo on the sofa of all of the babies together. You can then drink some wine, eat adult food (most parents will bring their child’s favourite snacks anyway) and enjoy the other parents.
1. Our Birthday Party Ideas article offers some themes and activities for parties.
2. Instead of traditional ‘games’, why not begin a new tradition. Have each person write a special wish for baby on a card and continue this every year for the child to read always.
3. Make a time capsule.
4. Have each attendee sign their name on a white tablecloth every year. Have a talented family member embroider each name in a different colour every year. My grandmother did this for me through the school years and I now have an heirloom that is displayed at every birthday.
Unique First Birthday Gifts
1. We always like to get something special for the Mom who has given so much of her love and time to the baby. A necklace with baby’s name on it or a book in which to journal is such a nice thought.
2. If you have the time, try a personalized book. It is a great keepsake and can be read for years by parents and children.
3. A monogrammed tote bag is always appreciated – particularly if the current diaper bag is looking the worse for wear.
4. A homemade CD of music that calms your child, or simply the best tunes to move around to. It might be a perfect solution for a child who gets fussy in the car.
Taking Time For You
The past year has probably been a whirlwind. Take a moment with your partner to remember the birth, remember the high and low points of the year, to cry and laugh. You could write favourite memories, light a candle, have a bubble bath, or sleep all night in bed with your baby – skin to skin. This is your day as much as baby’s and you should be proud of yourself.
Need some more ideas? Check the 1 year old party idea article by Lauren.
– Jill Amery just had a rather significant birthday herself.
Image: Plush singing cake from Multipet.
Dairy Queen birthday parties are so 80s! A clown or magician? So last century! Bouncy castles? Well that’s just 2000-‘n-late! A birthday party at the Telus World of Science is timeless and will be a guaranteed highlight in your child’s memories. You and your child will be a hit with all your child’s friends–and their parents–as the children will not only enjoy mountains of fun but will also learn that science is a pretty darn cool thing! Science World, as most Vancouverites call it, excels in creating exciting games out of scientific principles. Just be prepared for when it’s time to leave because the kids will not be happy that it’s time to go!