Are you planning your child’s birthday?
Here is a post for you to streamline your planning.
Birthdays have never been so exciting before. Well, yes, I used to be excited about my birthdays, but never did I get into such strategic details and planning before, I guess no one does until they have a baby.
This reminds me of A’s first birthday celebration and sleepless nights I had before it. It was even worse than those exam jitters. The first birthday celebration was a big affair and I wanted to do it the green way, check out the link to my blog here
Here is a basic birthday checklist that I am following for A’s second birthday.
1. Guest list- your guest list is the first thing before you start thinking about any event. It will give you an idea of what kind of venue you can book, once your guest list is in place you can decide about the menu and head count. So, basically it is the first step. For kid’s birthday party it is important that you have an age wise list of kids and also list the adults who will be attending the party (your menu may differ for kids and adults or a common kid friendly menu)
From the guest list arrive at a number that will definitely attend the party, make this number your minimum guarantee for booking the venue.
2. Venue- for smaller numbers and bigger houses a house party is the best and most economical way to celebrate. However, there are good options available now for birthday parties. From Quick Service Restaurants(QSRs) to banquets to play areas all are tapping birthday party market. Decide what fits your bill and book weeks in advance.
3. Invite- Create an invite that talks about the birthday theme, the invite should have following details
Date, Time, Venue, RSVP contact and any other note that you may want to include regarding theme etc.
4. Theme – Decide onto theme if any, so that you can work out other things like return gift, decor, outfits etc based on the theme.
5. Return gift- Return gifts or party favours have become like a mandate for kids’ birthday parties. I can’t forget how I used to wait to receive mine as a kid. Base the return gift on the theme and also keep in mind the age of the child you are giving it to.
Also consider the packaging, it should be attractive and easy to carry. Ensure what you are gifting is secured in the package.
6. Menu to be finalised- menu would depend on the time of the party. Kid’s love junk, parents love junk too, but parents hate feeding junk to their kids. Avoid keeping junk food in the menu.
7. Birthday Cake- This post has taken me years back, how magical was the moment when mom put the big colorful cake in front with fancy candles; all the eyes focussed on the bday kid and the cameras flashing khachaak!! Somethings never change and why should they?
The only change is that there are better options available now offering fancier cakes and making our jobs tougher.
Try choosing the patisserie that you or your friends have tried and tested(tasted) before.
1 kg cake can suffice for 8-12 people. Before finalising the size, keep in mind other desserts that you have in the menu and the shape of the cake.
8. Party Games, prizes and props- Party Games/ entertainment is life of any party, choose games as per the age of invitees. Try to include games that all can participate in and have prizes that would suit all. Keep a few extra prizes just in case there is a kid who asks for a prize or there is a tie between two winners.
Keep hats, masks etc or any other prop to go with your birthday theme, keep those handy for all to pick.
9. Photographer- Be it a house party or a party elsewhere someone needs to capture your precious moments. Have one person dedicated for it. It could be a friend/ relative or a professional photographer.
10. Birthday kid dress and outfits for others in the family- well, this one is important but not as much as other points above. Choose a comfortable outfit for your child and carry an extra pair ( If the party is being organised away from home).
Easy isn’t it? Well, no. This is just a checklist, doing all or even a few of the above will take your time, efforts and of course money; but will also give you lots of precious smiles, laughter & memories in return.
Happy planning and executing. Do share your birthday party planning tips in the comments.
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Gone are the days when diapering and baby care was restricted to women of the house. Krishnan and men like him are breaking all the stereotypes. Motherhood brings a lot of changes, but for Krishnan fatherhood changed the course of his life; he introduced Bumberry to Indian market when there were barely any players, since then the industry has grown manifolds and so has Bumberry. Let us acquaint ourselves better with this young entrepreneur and the wonderfully loved brand that Bumberry has become.
NJM Please tell us more about yourself and your family.
KK I am Kutti Krishnan, Aged 37, educator by profession. I recently took to entrepreneurship. My family comprises of my wife Soumya who is an MBA by qualification and my son Siddharth who is 6 years, with whom I turned an entrepreneur. I did my computer science degree and worked for about 1 year in IT industry before my 2 year MBA program and further 10 long years of management education service, working with various schools either as a teaching assistant or as a teacher in management.
NJM Bumberry is one of the first few CD brands of India; how did the idea of bumberry occur to you? Continue Reading
Guest Post by R Chandrakala
In this highly opinionated age, courtesy social media and otherwise, issues tend to get blown out of proportion. With too many mouths to speak and minimal ears to listen to, things get further misconstrued without reaching any consensus.
In the context of feminism, there has been this pressing need to justify women rights and their identity repeatedly in the current times. In the name of culture, tradition and eventually religion, which is half-baked and not completely understood, women are restricted from exercising their choice and discovering their true potential.
This makes me wonder, as to whether during ancient times was there this gap at all? Was Feminism even a concept back in Ancient India? What was the relevance of the Feminine in the concept of Hinduism, more than 4000 years old? Continue Reading
This is my first letter to you after your birth ( i wrote many letters, read emails to you during the 9 months before your birth, I am sure you have read them all by now)
As I write this letter, you are sleeping next to me, holding me tight and you leave me pondering how time is slipping off my hands. It looks like yesterday that you came into our lives to complete our world and make it a better place for us.
It’s that time of the year when restaurants are offering discounts for ladies and there are plenty of events being organised to celebrate the spirit of womanhood (it is the year 2018), you would wonder why? It is because people have chosen one day to promote equal rights including the “right to vote” for women; while in most nations, women may have got the right to vote, “equality” still looks like a distant dream. I hope it is not the case when you get to read this e-mail.
Everything great starts from home and so does gender equality, also before talking about independence, equality, empowerment and other big jargons, it is important to stop stereotyping women, men, or anybody as- strong, sacrificing, caring, giving, or as emotionally/physically weak or whatever. We are all individuals, each with unique characteristics.
I do not have any staunch ideals to follow, all I want is to pass on values that I have based my life on, some of which are-
Compassion and respect- There is this perpetual rat race to prove oneself better or to belittle the other; the world needs more compassion, it needs humans who are humans, people who value one another.
I have always held Respect over Love and I strongly believe that in a relationship if there is no respect the love eventually dies. Elder or younger, respect people around you.
Looking at the larger picture- Whatever tasks, big or small you shoulder, try looking at the bigger picture, the effect it will have in a longer run on others and on our environment. And do remember there is no job too small!
Lastly, “be yourself” – the last thing in my life would be to have you become like someone else. Never change yourself to please others. Do not behave like a boy or like a girl, behave like you would as a human being.
It is infuriating to hear people say “why are you crying like a girl”, or “that girl fights like a boy”, or “be a man”. Do not give in to these stereotypes.
I only hope I am able to raise you well, to raise you as “you” and not as a boy or girl. I hope I am able to help you bring out the best of you.
I hope I raise you as a confident, compassionate human being, that’s all I want my dear child.
Lots of love
This blog post is a part of #Womensdayblogparty . I’d like to thank my fellow blogger friend Deepika for introducing me. Read her interesting post for this blog party here
Also do go to my friend Latika’s blog post here to read her perspective on the topic.
I am a mother whose blog says notjustmommying, well that’s because I think we do or mean to do a lot more than raising our kids. Whether we succeed or fail in that endeavor, is another story. Know more