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Baby Birthday Bash! – Tips For A Fantabulous B’day Party!

Posted in Babysitting on 17th December 2010

Baby Birthday Bash! – Tips For A Fantabulous B’day Party!

Birthdays are an important day in ones life. This day is the day we first stepped into this new world and it is fro sure a day which needs a little celebration. It may be quite an important day if it your baby’s birthday.

Below are a few tips that may help. The most important thing is the preparation of the birthday party. Creating a theme may help make the party more interesting. You can have costume parties or even do something like renting an amusement park with clowns and the merry go rounds. Safety of the people attending the party is very important.

Baby bashes may also depend on how old the baby is. For children who are about one year can have clowns to entertain the guests as most of the guests would be little children. Puppetry or magic shows will also be enough to keep the crowd interested. Fro older children like about two years, costume parties will be more interesting as the children of this age will be able to walk. Cotton candy and balloons will also help.

The next thing that ought to be done is sending around invites. You will have an increased network of friends as you will be meeting parents of other babies around your neighborhood. Swapping times fro baby sitting and relaxing will help you in making new friends. Kids are the ones who are the guests and hence they are the ones who need to be entertained.

The third thing that you will need to concentrate on is the food. As this party is fro kids, you can concentrate on having finger foods. Children can take in only small quantities of food. If parents have also been invited, then you can look to separate the food for the parents and the children.

If there are no babies then a baby bash may end up being an adult get together.

You can do whatever you please if the baby is comfortable. This is one thing that you have to make sure. There are many a children who are afraid of clowns and hence you will have to have an alternate plan if this ever happens.

The last thing that you will have to is the wrapping up of the party. This is cleaning up time. This is done once all the favors, trimming and food is all gone. One way to get rid of excess food is packing up small portions of food for the guests so that you can discard food in a nice way. This not only is a way to keep food from getting spoilt but also helps in providing food for those children who may feel hungry on their way back. This mainly happens as children do not eat well as they are excited on meeting many kids. This is why they feel hungry on their way back. Hence you will be quite helpful to those parents taking the kids back home.

If all this is put in the right place and done well, a baby bash will not be a nerve wrecking job.

This is the plan for my daughters 2nd BDay, is it too much? (kind of long…but need opinions please)?

Posted in Babysitting on 27th November 2010

This is the plan for my daughters 2nd BDay, is it too much? (kind of long…but need opinions please)?
Last year for my daughters 1st B-Day I themed it as an “under the sea” (not little mermaid just under the sea in general) first b-day party. This year I want to do a “Madd Hatter: Tea for Two” party. I live in a historic resort town and there a few cute tea rooms. One being the “Butterfly Tea Room” It’s bright yellow outside and pretty and flowery inside. They do also have a childs tea as one of their general “options” so to speak. My daughter (not being a braggy mom her Dr.’s have tested her) is a bit advanced for her age, and thus has a much higher attention span and a much better ability to sit for loner periods of time. So my thought for her birthday is to have it at this particular tea room. First let me say that her birthday is in mid-July, the 17th to be exact. Last year her B-Day was at home in the back yard, it was supoer stinking hot and there were TONS of flys out. SO for me outside is not the place I want to have it, secondly there will be a 4YO girl, 2 almost 4 YO boys, 2-over 2YOs (1B and 1G), a girl almost 2, another boy 1 1/2, and then two babies under 9 months old. 4 of them are brother and sister (they are my Best friend and my daughters god-mother children), 2 of them are my daughters god-fathers kids, antoher 3 are her cousins whome we see all the time. All of the parents (or at least the mothers) will be attending the birthday, along with the grandmothers/fathers, great grandmothers/fathers and 2 older great cousins with their mom and dad. I would obviously be renting out the whole tea room. However to me the money spent to have it somewhere other then INSIDE my home is 100% worth the cost. But that isn’t the real question. I will be advising on the invites when they are eventaully made and sent, that we would prefer the children in “tea attire” just cute dresses and shoes, maybe a hat if they have a nicer one, and then khakis and a polo or something of the sort for the boys. Not like Easter best, but not crap play clothes either. Now I know my daughter and the 4 YO’s can sit through it as well as the older older kids, but my concern is with everyone elses kids. Although they do have “kids tea” parties there, I think they are generally a bit older girls, like 6-8YO. And this is a REAL tea room, not like some kids party room that they set up around different themes (which I totally wish we had around where I live; but we do not). Would you as a mother/father who was invited with your kids be annoyed in general about me haivng this type of birthday? I mean it would take effort from parents to actaully WATCH their kids; which I know SOO many moms/dads hate to do now adays. There will be coloring (tea party themed color pages), kid appropriate tea sandwhiches, as well as petite fores, a cake, and fruit. They are also being served a caffine free “iced tea” rather then actual tea. And they wouldnt be forced to like “sit” and have tea. I am also getting plastic tea cups that you can color with markers as a craft. And then goodie bags will be dress up jewlery and pretty containers of chapstick for the girls, and then just “boy” stuff for the boys? Also I am making coppies of alice and wonderland for everyone. And the decor will be somewhat alice and wonderlandish. Like making the deck of cards that “painted the roses red”, but with a place for kids to stand behind and have their pictures taken so they look like they are the cards ect…Good ideas/bad ideas?
Mixie-Your absolutely this party is the Idea of what I want for her party, because she’s 2 and although she’s smart, she doesnt have those kinds of opinions yet. But honestly I thank god that I can say that I am not worried about saving the money for another party in a few years ect. If every year for ever she wants a “mad hatter tea for ___YO” fine she can have it. My question is more, would you feel burderned having to actaully watch your children at a birthday party they are invited to, rather then just (even though they are young) totally expecting the Birthday childs parent to take care of them (as so many parents feel for some reason). I for one wouldnt mind this for me/my daughter is someone else did it, because I have a suprisingly well behaved 2 YO. And as much as I can cut out the extra kids and just make it for “family” what fun would that be?
Of course it will be videoed though, so even if she can’t actually remeber it…she can watch it for years to come!!! And also what else rhymes with TWO then?? Like last year her party invites said “your invited to Kamryn Marie’s, under the sea, first birthday party”. …see it rhymes…stupid but important to me, so what other type partioes rhyme with 2?
Thank you, ladies…that is the type of constructive feedback I was looking for…now if you have any ideas taht rhyme with “two” please let me know!

Best answer(s):

Answer by Mixee
You want opinions so here it goes!

This tea party is really for you. Your daughter is only 2 and will not remember it. I would suggest that you wait until she is old enough to enjoy it…those are pretty young children that will be there too and THEY will not remember it either nor will they care about the atmosphere, etc….and I have a feeling it is going to be more than you bargained for. Plus if you are worried about the other parents having issues, you should really take that as a clue that this probably isn’t a good idea right now.

Have a home party at this age…save the money for later when your daughter and her friends will truly be able to enjoy and remember the experience! This party you are planning is really for YOUR memories…

Answer by babyjane564
I would still wait a year for that. She is really too young, despite her advanced attention span, to really have fun. If you wait until she is either 3 or 4, in my opinion the perfect age for dress up and tea-parties, you and she will have so much more fun and she will appreciate it more. I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old (she just turned 6 in December) and did the dress up tea party at 3 and it was a blast. They were much more involved and interactive.

Answer by Wiss
I don’t know. Just because your daughter is smart and well behaved doesn’t mean the others are, and I personally wouldn’t come to a party that was in a setting where my child was encouraged to be proper, what fun is that? Save the tea party until she is 4 or 6 and can really enjoy it and be into it. Two year olds are two year olds, no matter what. I think there are much better options. You have to think about all of the kids that will be there, not just you and your daughter, regardless of the fact that it is her day.

Answer by mykatesmom
Personally, I think that this party sounds more appropriate for the 4-6 year old group. I cannot imagine 1 1/2, 2 and 2 1/2 year olds sitting at this sort of party.

Answer by diane33michigan
I think this way to much for most of the kids on your list. It isn’t about the parents not wanting to watch thier kids but keeping the kids interset in something so adult like will be a issue. I would not bring my kids to a party where i felt that they would be more miserable then enjoying themselves.

I would maybe save this type of party for when she and her guest will be able to enjoy this a little better .

Answer by elynwyn
I’m happy your daughter is advanced for her age but… 2-4 year olds don’t do so well in nice attire with cake, the two things just don’t go well together. I don’t think parents really expect the birthday child’s parents to take care of all the kids, not at this age. However, we kinda expect the birthday thing to be fun and non-stressful. When I take my kids to a party I want them to come home exhausted from all the running and playing they did. Your party sounds lovely but all the activities are mild sit down activities and you are feeding them sugar. To me that would mean they would need to go to a park and run around for an hour or so in order to burn off that energy they couldn’t use at the party. In my experience, the best behaved children change when around lots of other kids. A tea party is cute, but I really think you should take the theme to a more relaxed atmosphere where the kids can run around and be kids too. Parents judge a party by how much fun their kid had, not the theme.

Answer by MomOfTwoGirlsand one on the way!
i would love this!! I think its special that you want to put in a lot of effort for your daughter…..you could buy unpainted tea cups and have them paint them to take home….or be presents for ur daughter for her very special tea set! i think thats a great idea! GOOD LUCK!

Answer by ladedamom
Personally for 2, advanced for her age or not, I wouldn’t do this with so many little one’s. While your child may be able to sit through it, I don’t know many 2 year olds and under, much less preschoolers, who will know how to behave or sit through something like this without chaos happening- parents there or not. It’s just that this seems a little too sophisticated for a toddler’s birthday party.

It’s an adorable theme, but I’m not sure your location is going to really work with toddlers. Could you have it at home and just do it indoors so you don’t have to worry about the bugs? You could also put up a large screened tent where it is solid on top, screened on the sides to keep bugs out and do it in the back yard with tea type munchies that are kid friendly. Better yet, get some plastic tea cups and serve icecream with a cup cake in each one for the guests. It’s a kids party after all!

Is this too much for a 2 Y/O’s B-Day (kind of long…but need opinions)?

Posted in Babysitting on 27th November 2010

Is this too much for a 2 Y/O’s B-Day (kind of long…but need opinions)?
Last year for my daughters 1st B-Day I themed it as an “under the sea” (not little mermaid just under the sea in general) first b-day party. This year I want to do a “Madd Hatter: Tea for Two” party. I live in a historic resort town and there a few cute tea rooms. One being the “Butterfly Tea Room” It’s bright yellow outside and pretty and flowery inside. They do also have a childs tea as one of their general “options” so to speak. My daughter (not being a braggy mom her Dr.’s have tested her) is a bit advanced for her age, and thus has a much higher attention span and a much better ability to sit for loner periods of time. So my thought for her birthday is to have it at this particular tea room. First let me say that her birthday is in mid-July, the 17th to be exact. Last year her B-Day was at home in the back yard, it was supoer stinking hot and there were TONS of flys out. SO for me outside is not the place I want to have it, secondly there will be a 4YO girl, 2 almost 4 YO boys, 2-over 2YOs (1B and 1G), a girl almost 2, another boy 1 1/2, and then two babies under 9 months old. 4 of them are brother and sister (they are my Best friend and my daughters god-mother children), 2 of them are my daughters god-fathers kids, antoher 3 are her cousins whome we see all the time. All of the parents (or at least the mothers) will be attending the birthday, along with the grandmothers/fathers, great grandmothers/fathers and 2 older great cousins with their mom and dad. I would obviously be renting out the whole tea room. However to me the money spent to have it somewhere other then INSIDE my home is 100% worth the cost. But that isn’t the real question. I will be advising on the invites when they are eventaully made and sent, that we would prefer the children in “tea attire” just cute dresses and shoes, maybe a hat if they have a nicer one, and then khakis and a polo or something of the sort for the boys. Not like Easter best, but not crap play clothes either. Now I know my daughter and the 4 YO’s can sit through it as well as the older older kids, but my concern is with everyone elses kids. Although they do have “kids tea” parties there, I think they are generally a bit older girls, like 6-8YO. And this is a REAL tea room, not like some kids party room that they set up around different themes (which I totally wish we had around where I live; but we do not). Would you as a mother/father who was invited with your kids be annoyed in general about me haivng this type of birthday? I mean it would take effort from parents to actaully WATCH their kids; which I know SOO many moms/dads hate to do now adays. There will be coloring (tea party themed color pages), kid appropriate tea sandwhiches, as well as petite fores, a cake, and fruit. They are also being served a caffine free “iced tea” rather then actual tea. And they wouldnt be forced to like “sit” and have tea. I am also getting plastic tea cups that you can color with markers as a craft. And then goodie bags will be dress up jewlery and pretty containers of chapstick for the girls, and then just “boy” stuff for the boys? Also I am making coppies of alice and wonderland for everyone. And the decor will be somewhat alice and wonderlandish. Like making the deck of cards that “painted the roses red”, but with a place for kids to stand behind and have their pictures taken so they look like they are the cards ect…Good ideas/bad ideas?
Well I have also found flowery no spill straw cups that the kids can use so they don’t spill the tea….and they actually have very pretty acrylic dishes for the “kids” parties to avoid things being broken
No I can’t go to chuckie cheese. 1 because, at least the one where we live, is grimmy. 2 my two year old is no better suited there then sitting and eating mini PBandJ. 3 she is NOT and never will be allowed to act like a “beast”. She is not a wild animal she is an extremely well behaved almost 2 YO. You are the parent I was talking about when I said “doesnt want to actually WATCH their own kid”. ANd yes I know this party is more for ME, but she’ll be 2, so as smart as she is she doesnt have an “opinion” about her birthday theme. And it will be videoed so she can rewatch it for years to come!
I will just add that although I live in a “resort” town it is also in the butt hole of NJ. There is NOTHING actually close to us. All we have is the beach, a zoo, and then a few cutesy places like this. The closest chuckie cheese is quite disgusting, and my child isnt allowed fast food (because i dont want to kill her!). And I dont think chuckie cheese is any more appropriate for a 2 YO with general development then a tea party. And my daughter “plays dress up and has tea” all of the time. SHe has a dress up box, and a tea table and tea set. And she sits with either mommy/daddy/or dollies and has TEA, of ehr own request. So although your 2YO maybe cant do it, mine can.

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Answer by Gene G
Well, it will be a little hard on the parents with younger kids BUT you are throwing this for adults and older children as well. I think if it was just 2-year olds it would be difficult, but it isn’t. As long as you are prepared for the inevitable spills and possible broken dishware, and you can just roll with it, then go for it. If you are going to get upset if things get broken or spilled, then maybe think of something else. Have fun!

Answer by coguy
My opinion? Uh…… could I please have a few more details before I give you my answer?

Later…….and don’t get your knickers in a wad over peoples answers. You asked for their opinion…remember?? Like I tell my kids when they get irate over nothing…TAKE A CHILL PILL!

Answer by Cel’s giant hirsute beaver
Okay, no offense, but I don’t care how “advanced” your child is for her age, she’s still going to be TWO. Your party sounds like a lovely idea, it really does, but it sounds like something more suited to a little bit older kid, like 5 or 6 or something. That’s just a whole lot of fanciness for two year old kids. I’d save that party for when your daughter is older and can actually enjoy it AND remember it. She’s not going to remember any of this.

Wow. I feel sorry for your kid because I kinda think you’re not letting her really be a beasty, smelly, wild, hyper kid like they should be sometimes.

Wow. I feel sorry for your kid because I kinda think you’re not letting her really be a beasty, smelly, wild, hyper kid like they should be sometimes. How is letting a kid eat fast food once in a while going to “kill” them? So what if Chuck E Cheese is a little grimy? Kids get dirty, it’s okay.

Take it from the voice of experience, the more that you shelter and forbid your child from doing something , the MORE they are going to want to do it no matter what you say.

Answer by ♥ Don’t Hate ♥
Shes 2 not 6!

I agree with Cel take them to Chuckies

Answer by moira77
Well, you do realize that this birthday is all about YOU and not about your daughter or the other children attending. Regardless of whether your 2 yo is advanced or not, this is not a FUN birthday for her or her guests. If I were the other parent I would politely decline your invitation – there’s no ay I would make my child dress up and attend a tea at age 2, its just not developmentally appropriate.

Plus, making copies of movies is illegal, so you are committing a crime with that idea, not to mention other parents might not appreciate a bootleg copy for their child – not what they want to teach their kids.

It is great that you want to give your child a nice birthday, and I totally understand that you don’t want to have it in your house or outside. Please consider a more kid friendly venue – maybe you have one of those indoor playgrounds near you? Check with your local YMCA or other organizations to see if you can rent a party room. You can always fall back on the Chuck E. Cheese or McD’s playground idea and dress it up a bunch. Think of what will make the kids and your daughter haoppy – not what is going to be the cutest/trendiest/most original etc. You are trying way too hard.

Oh and I have to lmao about watching the video for years to come – chances are she’ll watch it a few times and then be bored of it – maybe you can show it once more when she’s older and she’ll get a kick out of it, but videotaping the party so she can watch it all the time is not realistic.

All of my children are well behaved – my 9yo and 7yo are in the Gifted and Talented classes and friends always ask how i get my 4yo and 2yo to behave so well, but I would not subject them to this kind of birthday torture. I take my 9yo to fancy tea at a tea room several times a year as a mommy-daughter day and she really enjoys it – but she wouldn’t have as a 2yo even as sweet and well behaved as she was.

Have you called the tea room to check if you can bring these young children there? I would politely decline having your part6y if I was the business owner because realistically this is not the right place for children that young.

Answer by Andy M
I think that this is a great idea, but maybe for a few years down the road. Its hard to have something so structured for little ones. Also I would be annoyed about having to dress my child up. I mean I do love dressing my daughter up, but for a birthday party with tea and cake and paint, I would want to put her in “crap” play clothes. She does love her feather boa and hat though. (She is 2) Give the parents a break, don’t make a party a chore for them. Turn the kids loose with some crayons and paper, maybe some bubbles,dress up bin, etc. They’ll have more fun if they are turned loose. It is a good idea overall, just maybe a year or two down the road.

Answer by I LOVE my Thumbs-Down Fairy!!!
I agree with Moira, we all think our kid are advanced but it doesn’t mean I would ever subject my daughter to that kind of torture. And, as a parent, if we were invited, we too would politely decline. In all honestly, it sounds like the birthday party from hell!!

My daughter will be 2 in March. We are having a small get-together at our house with a few friends and their children and will be serving pizza and b-day cake. My daughter will wear a cute dress, but I really don’t care what other children wear, it is not appropriate to impose a dress code on a 2 year olds birthday part.

Answer by LP
i agree with everything moira said. well said!

at the same time i think it’s a great idea and if you waited a few more years, i think everyone, including yourself because you wouldn’t have to invite the young babies so wouldn’t have to put up with them, and also your daughter and her guests would get more out of it.

in short: great idea but wait a little bit.

Answer by dakotasmama050206
wow, sounds to me like you think you’re better than everyone else. why don’t you just let your kid be a kid and have fun like everyone else.