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1st Birthday Party Planning Checklist

ST birthday party PLANNING CHЕСKLIST weeks before: Begin considering themes and locations Research and determine party theme options. PRINCE Compile preliminary guest list and determine the time/length of the party (Most parties are 2-3 hours and be sure to select a time that will work best with your baby's schedule – not during nap time). 7. weeks before: Finalize party theme and location You're Invited !! Reserve any rentals you may need (extra chairs, tables, etc) Lock in party date and finalize guest list Send invitations Begin gathering inspiration and researching food, activities, and décor. Consider an infant costume to compliment the theme or a special outfit for photos. Book entertainment (if applicable) 4 weeks before: Begin compiling music playlist Plan your menu and shopping list - ask if any guests have food allergies Order cake/cupcakes - don't forget the first birthday smash cake! Schedule pickup for one day before the party or earlier. Review tableware and party supply needs to make sure you have enough for the number of guests coming to the party. Select party activities and games. weeks before: Order decorations, party supplies, favors, gift bags and activities from Don't forget a highchair decorating kit for photos. Buy non-perishable menu items Select, borrow, or buy serveware (cake stands, baskets, etc) 4 weeks before: One Choose party outfits Create schedule for activities/entertainment Create, buy, or borrow any additional risers and props for food table Personalize and print out printables for favors, food labels, signage, etc. week before: Clean party serveware Create timeline for food preparation and assembly Plan tablescapes for dining and food display Finalize RSVPS Confirm services with any entertainers Z days before: Purchase any remaining food, party supplies and equipment needed for the party Organize and stage activity set-up(s) day before: Buy last-minute pershable items, including ice Pick up the cake/cupcakes and decorate the cake/cupcakes, if you chose to make your own rather than ordering one from a store Set tables and arrange displays Childproof party area - remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Set up any large supplies and non-perishable decorations. Chill drinks Pick up flowers and arrange (if applicable) Print out a gift tracker sheet The Big Day Inflate and arrange balloons early in the morning - waiting until the party day ensures they will float well. Tie in bunches with curling ribbon and attach to your mailbox. Set up flower arrangements and other last-minute decorations, including pinatas Decorate the highchair and set up a floor mat to catch any cake pieces that fall on the floor Finesse the final set-up of decorations, activities, entertainment and food Take photos with guests during the party, including the smash cake activity Turn on music and party lights Decide where the gifts will go - on a table or other designated area Take photos of the birthday child before guests arrive after the party: Clean up party areas after guests leave Send birthday thank-you notes – include party photos Essential Birhday Party Supplies List O Invitations Decorations: Party Favors: O Balloons I Bags, buckets, or boxes Tableware: Balloon weights Favor items O Napkins Helium tank Candy Dessert Plates Banner(s) Cups | Centerpieces(s) Food: O Cutlery Forks, spoons, knives Confetti D Appetizers Blow outs O Cake or cupcakes Dinner plates Party Hats Drinks O Tablecloth(s) Streamers Ice Cake Candles U Ceiling decorations Snacks Cake topper Scene setters U Entree | Serving utensils Wall decals UIce Cream | Serving trays Standups Placemats | Curling ribbon Activities Inflatables Music Chair covers Pinata U Pinata filler U Prizes U Entertainment: bounce house, face painter, wet and dry slides, kiddie pool for a hot day, etc. WHOO'S TURNING Dress up costumes 1 OPhotobooth and props O Carnival games | Activity placemats U Party games GUESS WHOO'S O Thank-you notes BIRTHDAY EXPRESS O O O O O O

1st Birthday Party Planning Checklist

shared by Michaelson on Jan 11
As a new parent, a first birthday can be a overwhelming! Fear not, this infographic checklist will help you plan, prepare, and enjoy the child's first birthday party.


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