But I have to admit, lately I've felt drawn to more of a Laissez faire, laissez passer theme.
I'm ashamed to admit we had my youngest son's birthday in February, even though he turned ten in August... In my defense, August is a difficult month, what with lots of people going on vacation.
Anyway, we finally had it and I would like to share some of my experiences.
- 13.00 Kids arriving
- 13.15-13.30 hiding the presents, and then searching for them
- 13.13-13.45 Decorating the cake and eating it
- 13.45-14.00 Hunting for Easter eggs
- 14.00-15.30 Playing 'Let's go to the movies'. I rented Frozen.
- 15.30-16.30 Time to just play
- 16.30-17.00 Dinner: pancakes
- 17.00 Kids going home. My husband brought them home
So that's my first tip: give kids a chance to come up with an activity on their own! If you jump in immediately, how are they going to learn?
My Second TipMy second tip concerns the cake. I know there's this whole hype of mom doing decorative cakes. And I have to admit some of them look like works of art. But in my experience kids also like to decorate their own cake.
So I always buy a cheap spongecake, a can of whipped cream and some smarties. And then I let the kids go wild. They can smother their cake in whipped cream and cover it with smarties. Often they don't want to eat the messy end result, but that's alright with me. After all, it wasn't expensive. And I want them to have a good time.
What would be your golden tip for a mom who has to throw her first birthday party?