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Quick Birthday Checklist that you shouldnt miss!

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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Musical Bonding – A Playful and Innovative Music Class for Parent & Child


If you have followed my blog-series on music, you would already know what I am talking about.

Musical bonding holds a very special place for us and we have found our emotional connect to it; so, my series wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated post on it.

To get a better understanding of this parent -child programme for all my readers, I spoke to Aditi Shah, founder of Musical Bonding and here is what she has to say about one of her babies- “MB”!! 

    How did you come up with a programme that is so unique to Indian market?

Musical Bonding did not happen as a planned programme for the Indian market. The music provided by The Music Class allowed us (my husband and me) to have lots of fun with our two kids, singing, dancing and learning. Musical Bonding started as a simple attempt to make some friends in a new country and for the benefit of my own kids.

  Why Music, what does music mean to you?

I have background in Indian classical music and know that it is not the kind of music to get small children excited. On the other hand, I have also seen folk tunes have a deep impact on small children as well as adults. When I came across TMC music, I instantly knew that this is the kind of music both children and adults will enjoy.

   According to you, when should music be introduced to babies?

We all know that of the five senses in human beings, hearing is the first to develop. It develops in the womb itself and a baby knows parents’ voices even before birth. After birth, communication skills develop greatly by listening and not talking, and what better medium to listen and remember than music? I feel babies should be introduced to music in the womb itself but make sure it has to be the right kind of music.


  This program is for kids between 6 months to 5 years. How do you ensure that with such a vast age gap, each kid is stimulated enough and has some take-away from the class?

Five years seems like a lot, especially in the early years, where babies have so many milestones to cross. But in our classes we have always seen that having a mixed age group works very well as young kids love to watch the older kids and learn from them and older kids like to have fun with younger kids.


   What kind of music and instruments are the kids exposed to in this programme?

Our music selection is based on folk tunes from around the world. It not only provides kids a wide variety of music, but also wide range of styles. We introduce kids to mostly percussion-based instruments, high in sound quality and friendly for small hands to handle.


  What would you advise the parents to do at home for establishing a relationship with music? 

The name of our program says it all. Bond over music. Listen to music as family. Sing and play along…at home, in the car, anywhere you can play music and have space to move around.


  What do you feel about how music is taught in schools in early years?


I conduct workshops for teachers on voice modulation and how to handle music in class. What I see these days is that more and more preschool teachers are realising that music can work as an excellent teaching tool not only to teach language and music but also help with emotional development and expression, physical movement and coordination, and enhance overall teacher student bond. The big challenge that schools and teachers face is getting the right curriculum. Based on our experience, we now also provide music curriculum and teacher training to schools.


  You are now at many locations, how do you maintain quality?

Most of our team members have been parents in our class and often when their children have outgrown the class, moms still want to continue and join the team. We look for team members who are passionate about working with kids and bring the right attitude. Our entire team goes through training every week which helps us to maintain consistency and quality.

Thank you Aditi for answering my questions and for bringing musical bonding to us. 

If you have kids under 5, do bond over music with musical bonding and thank me later!!! 

Click here to check more about Musical Bonding class 


P.S. This post is a part of my series on music for kids and it is not a sponsored post.