Monday, December 14, 2009

Party Planning Dilemma



*photo is taken from Google


In few weeks time, little angel will turn big 1. Honestly, I am not sure yet how we gonna celebrate his special day although we are sooo looking forward to it. At this point of time, a small party sounds ideal to us as Faaz is still too small to appreciate a big party.

As a first time mother, I am totally clueless in this party planning thingy (especially to organize a baby's party) so some researching and readings are in progress. However, there is still one big question that keep on lingers on my head...

The birthday cake.

A birthday party is nothing without a birthday cake. Through my readings, babies aren't supposed to be introduced to sugar/salt until they turn 18months and above. If that is the case, pity Faaz if I order a nice bithday cake yet he can't enjoy it...betul tak? Mommies, advice please...


On the other note, let me share with you useful guidelines from babycenter.com regarding birthday part for your one-year old baby:

Who to invite?
At the closely-attached-to-Mum stage, the best way you can make this a special day for your one-year-old is by offering him loads of undiluted attention. His social network will be small and intimate, and that's how he likes it. He won't thank you for a house full of strangers, so stick to close friends and relatives.

Checked!
A small party, with family and close friends it will be..insyaAllah :)


Getting the timing right
By one, your baby may be in a daytime nap routine. The worst time for the excitement of a party is when your baby is tired, so afternoon tea, after nap time, works well. If you are inviting other baby guests, check out their nap times with their parents. Once one starts wailing, they all will! Keep the party brief - an hour or so is quite long enough at this age.

Semi - Checked! :P
Between 4-6 is an ideal time. 5pm perhaps? :)

Games and activities
Loud bangs from party poppers and bursting balloons may frighten your baby, and discarded poppers and balloons are a serious choking hazard at this age, so leave them till next year. Why not have some musical fun, such as dancing with your baby, or a nursery rhyme tape on in the background. He'll appreciate a few simple games, such as Row the Boat or Round and Round the Garden with plenty of tickles, too. He'll also enjoy peek-a-boo games, finding toys hidden in a box or under a cloth and, of course, he'll enjoy helping you to open his presents (although the wrapping paper will be far more fun than the gift!). Party suppliers can also help you with suggestions and ideas. Many sell themed party packs and more.

Ok..Nursery rhymes will be the official songs for this party. Love the idea of peek-a-boo games too..its sound cute!! Don't you think so? ;)

Choosing a Venue
Home is the place where your baby will feel most secure. He'll appreciate a few colourful decorations or, if you want something more adventurous, you could buy a baby ball pool.

Checked!
Since it will be a small celebration, home sweet home will definitely be the venue. Baby ball pool sounds so cool..but our garden is too small. I am afraid the balls will end up be inside the fish pond instead...so I guess, we'll pass on this..

What food to serve
Keep food simple - most of it will probably end up on the floor in any case! Finger foods will be excellent for both babies and adults, as eating them won't interrupt play or interaction. Parents may well have brought a bottle or feeder cup with them containing the drink of their choice for their baby, but have water, milk and diluted fruit juices at the ready. If you're providing food for grown ups keep it simple. Avoid peanuts and other foods which may present a choking hazard to little ones. Some babies will have quite a few teeth and be able to bite into food; others may still be toothless, so cater for both extremes: organic bread sticks, tiny sandwiches with cheese spread, cut into shapes, cubes of mild cheese, and mini fromage frais cartons. Chocolate fingers are scrummy, but messy - plain biscuits may suffice. Jelly tends to be more of a play material at this age and is very messy. Your mini guests will probably eat very little food, so aim for a variety of taste, texture and colour rather than quantity.

* Photos are taken from the google search







Semi - Checked!
This one me likey!! hihi...Although it's a bit challenging to prepare the food for my tiny little babies guests, I am sure I will be having fun preparing the cute finger foods. Tiny cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese, fresh fruits and jelly (although it says here it will be very messy..I nak jugak! :P) are in my mind. Ladies, any simple nutritious recipe you want to share with me?

Choosing a Theme
Party themes aren't important to a one-year-old. You might want to aim for a colour-coordinated look, but it's more for the benefit of the keepsake photos than your baby at this stage.

Checked!
Great! Let just scraped the theme out of the list. Save budget. Hihi :P

The Party Bags
Party bags are really superfluous at this age, and the usual goodies like sweets and balloons are downright dangerous. If you really want to give a going away present to your little guests, opt for a small, safe soft toy each or a board book to chew on.

Not yet.
I am still searching for something cute. something colourful. Something soft and importantly, non-hazardous.


Choosing Presents
By now, your baby will appreciate something which makes a noise or lights up, or both, so activity centres are a good choice. It's never too early to read, and textured board books are great fun for your tactile baby. A trolley, or push-along to aid walking skills will be popular, and new bath toys are always welcome. You may want to consider a big, lasting present, such as a baby swing for outdoors or a rocking horse. If you already have loads of toys, she won't object if some people buy her clothes!

This one, I leave it to the guests je aci tak?...hihihi.

For more info, you can refer to babycenter.com (click here :)

Basically, I have the idea of how a simple birthday party will be. Now I need to put all into a simple proposal and submit to my Minister of Finance...hihihi, hopefully its not rejected yer Hub! :P

BUT

before I really decide to have a party for my baby, please, I do need advice on the birthday cake...Mommies?

14 comments:

my.mastura said...

...he'll enjoy helping you to open his presents (although the wrapping paper will be far more fun than the gift!)...

aku suka ayat tu..hehehhe

nad, kek tu, x leh tolong la..sbb aku rasa kek mmg meant to taste sweet..kalau x, x sedap aa kek itu..aku x tau la kalau org lain ada jumpa kek yg sesuai utk toddlers...

have fun organizing yer...heheh..sure everything will went well la coz aku tau, ko mmg serba boleh..chiayok!

neena_kechik said...

hai kak nadia,
neena rasa utk kek tu perlu ada sbb kalo x nant faaz nk potong aper? hehehe faaz mmg x leh mkn tp parents dier bole mkn!! hehehe
kalo xnk kek, aper kata tukar dgn pulut kuning,buat bentuk pulut kuning tu cam bentuk kek.hias lawa2 mesti cantek!!!=)
all the best utk jamuan faaz nant!!!=)

shahsulong said...

nadia,
my kakak just had a small birthday celebration for her 1 year old daughter.

we had Baskin Robbins cake. the cake stuff was not too sweet. but seriously, i'm not recommending BR at all. they cost a bomb.

happy planning.

ps: what matters most, not the party, but having his father and mother around to celebrate and makan2 that cake, is more than enough, i think :D

Nadine said...

Mas & Neena,

Thanks!! :)
Itula...so far tak pernah dgr customize cake for toddler nie. Tp Nadia tgh google cari2 resepi cake yg boleh ganti sugar with dates...kang ade juga yg buat sendiri kek ni kang..haha! erm bleh ke request kat kedai kek tukar sugar with dates? sape tau inform yea :)

Nadine said...

Shida dear,

wow..cedapnya! Yeap, quite expensive..haritu Nadia ade gak pergi BR and Haagen Daz, survey cake b'day utk Fadzil. Tp utk Faaz mmg takleh la ice-cream cake. Hari tu rasa ice-cream hujung lidah pun dh selsema si tembam tu..huhu.

agreed. that matters most :) ikutkan kitaorg, mmg mls nak buat party2 since Faaz is too small to appreciate it. tp my mom and PIL insisted. Esp my mom, since Faaz is her first grandson. Siap nak sponsor food mcm2...talking about excitement :)

MOMMAHOLICSURI said...

i support u buat cake sendiri nadine.
Since u memang terror bab-bab cake cake ni. :) hmmmm... maybe sweet potato mash cake ke, avocado cake ke.. carrot cake ke...hehehehe

Tapikan, mesti ada budak2 besar sikit (Faazs' cousins), diorang sure xmo cake2 macam tu dah. Hihi..
So, Nadine buat 1, beli 1.
Wah! suka hati je Nuurill bagi cadangan.. Hahahahaha

Happy planning dear! :)

Diyana Didie said...

mcm tak best lah birthday party without cake akak..sy pon sokong akak sendiri yg baked :)

Secret Traveller said...

izu pon suka bab2 ni..hehe..about the cake, u bake je la dear!;)carrot cake ke butter raisin cake ke..no sugar of coz...butter tu pon dh quite salty rite..hehe..but blended raisins r naturally sweet..;)

Izu dlu masa zahin bli je kek..tp dia xmkn pon, dia yg xnk seniri...zahin mmg tak suka mkn benda2 manis/lembik2 masa dolu2..hehe...tp skrg...urghh...*eye-roll*

Nway, enjoy planning..kjp je dh nk setahun kan..pas Faaz, Iris plak setahun...sob sob...

Nadine said...

Nuurill,

hihi. TQ for the suggestion :)
Mmg logik cuz bkn kids je tp I think adults pun x akan lalu mkn baby's cake..hihi.

BTW, last Saturday I pegi cold storage SP beli groceries, tgk2 ada pulak avocados! Masa tu terus teringat kat you. But then, pk2 entah2 u dh ade kat Sydney dh. Nanti msg me on FB ur contact no yer..anything can sms je. senang :)

Nadine said...

Didie,

Wah, semangat akak nak cari resipi mcm nie! :) tp tu la...bab cake deco tak pass lagi..huhu.

Izu,

amboi, glamournya ur new nickname *wink*
hihihi. Raisins?..menarik! Ade resepi x?
Bagusnya Zahin..pandai dia ek. Kecik2 lagi dh tau what's can or cannot eat. Hihi, skang dh ade lesen Izu..tu yg laju je dia tu.

Anak2 kita dh nak setahun, ibu2nya...??? huhu, coming closer n closer to 30's

HalfBlood Princess said...

Oh sorry bout the id, not mine act. it's en hisham's. hehe xperasan tkomen guna id dia..dia lupe sign out. huhu...

Nway dear, i tade la resepi tu..kahkah. klu izu, google klu tade belasah je la cam wat kek butter biasa..cuma add raisins..kot? sori xmbantu.xpnh wat pon, juz a new n spontaneous idea fr me.:D

Nadine said...

owh..ok..hihi. ingat halfblood princess sudah tukar nama :)

ic..ok, takpe. nanti ade masa nadia googling. TQ for the great idea! :)

Mimy Hamid said...

pejam pejam celik kejap je ek baby faaz nak setahun rasa br smlm u pregnant...eheheh..(tak tau betapa sakit tanggung ek)..teruja beb nak sambut party utk baby first..plan baekk punya key

Nadine said...

hihi..xpe Mimy..ur turn next. Nanti u rasa ok..indah pengalaman mengandung. tang bersalin tu je ngeri sket. tp tgk baby guarantee lupa la sakit tu :)

ok, thanks dear! :)