I know it's only June, but I am a type-A person who needs to get started on things in advance. We have reserved the picnic shelter for Will's first birthday party and I am now in planning mode. I have already gotten some good advice from friends who have thrown a first party before me (which is why it is at a park instead of our house, for starters), but now I want to open things up for your suggestions.
Please let me know what you did or didn't do? What would you do differently? What was a disaster? What was a success? What was funny?
So far, this is what I am planning:
- A Monkey Themed Party (for my lil' Monkey)
- 11:30 AM start time (to go around the birthday boy's nap schedule)
- "Easy" foods such as premade sandwiches, salads, fruit and veggie trays, etc.
- I am hiring a photographer (friend of a friend, so it's inexpensive) to take candids and some posed pictures of the day
That's it, so far. What I am specifically wondering about are the following:
- Do I put a finish time on the invite to keep things moving? Everything I read says to keep in short and simple. . . two hours max.
- Should I do cake or cupcakes?
- Should I bother with treat bags (and if so, fun things to put in them)?
- Should I bother with games (there is a lake and playground at this park)?
- Should I do the cheesy "sign the picture frame" thing (it's cheesy, but I like it)?
And, again, anything else you want to throw out there!