by Guest Blogger: Cassie Steele
There are 8 million kids in South Africa and around 900,000 babies born every year which means plenty of birthday parties to arrange! When your baby turns one, the party can be more about the adults than the children as friends and family come together to celebrate your first year as a parent. Having birthday parties outdoors, particularly during the summer months, offers a wealth of options. It is relaxing for the adults, there is space for older children to run around, fresh air to tire the kids out and being outdoors saves your carpets from unfortunate spillages. Here are some ideas to arrange a first birthday garden party.
If you have plenty of room available in your garden, hiring a marquee tent ensures you are able to shelter undercover if needed and also offers lots of ways to decorate with paper lanterns or helium-filled balloons hanging from the roof. Moreover, one-year-olds love playing with balloons so they will provide a welcome distraction if they get fractious. If you want a more formal sit down meal then coordinating tablecloths, runners and chair covers will add to the overall look of your garden party. Decorate your garden with brightly coloured bunting and lay out picnic blankets on the floor for the babies to sit on.
Delicious party food
The world is your oyster when it comes to catering. To keep the babies happy at all times, ensure a plentiful supply of kid-friendly food such as child-friendly sandwiches, veggie sticks, chips and dips and, of course, the all-important first birthday cake. For the adults, think about something a bit more sophisticated with a hot or cold buffet or a sit-down meal. As a parent of a young baby, time can be limited so to ensure you enjoy the party without spending it all in the kitchen, consider making your life easier by organising an outside caterer to provide the food.
Keeping the kids entertained
As far as activities are concerned, a jumping castle or soft play equipment is a great way to keep the children entertained. Or go for a messy play theme as toddlers love nothing more than getting dirty. Water play is always popular with floating items as well as cups or containers that can be used for pouring and create bubbles and foam by adding dishwashing liquid to the water. And once the kids are in bed, the adults can sit around the fireplace, enjoy a relaxing glass of Cape Red and toast a successful party.
Holding a garden party with friends and family is a great way to celebrate your baby turning one. There are many options for decoration, food, and kids entertainment to create long lasting memories for you and your family.