- Pick a toddler-friendly venue that can handle the mess of a baby and toddler takeover.
- Consider a house party if you’re only inviting a few guests and want to keep costs manageable.
- Look at local activity centers or halls if you want a bigger event (with less clearing up).
- Consider things like parking and toilet/baby-changing facilities.
- If it’s a house party, make sure it’s safe for all ages attending, whether old or young.
- Out of home, make sure the venue is aware of the age groups attending so they can ensure appropriate health and safety provisions are in place.
- Think about your kick-off time—straight after baby’s regular nap time is a good choice.
- Keep it short—for everyone’s sake. A couple of hours is plenty.
- Book well in advance—you’ll need to confirm the venue on the invites.
- Be sure to include an “RSVP by” date on the invite.
- Invite the people you know will get in the party mood.
- If people ask about gifts, suggest things they can grow into (clothes, books), or practical items (toothbrush, bath towel, fun dishes, small outdoor toys).
- Consider asking for donations to a charity instead of gifts and include the information on the invitation
- A few toddler toys, some soft playmats, and lots and lots of colourful balloons should create the right atmosphere.
- Choose a playlist to get everyone in the mood. With a couple of adult-friendly tunes thrown in too.
- Keep the music low, to protect little ears.
- Consider giving your little guests a party favour or loot bag with a small book or toy to take home.
- Put out a selected of healthy, age-appropriate snacks and finger foods to keep everyone happy.
- Consider small sandwiches and appetizers for older siblings and adults.
- Provide lots of water.
- Keep sweet treats out of reach so parents can control quantities.
- Ask if any of your guests have allergies.
- Consider the cake or cupcakes. Homemade or store-bought? And don’t feel guilty if you don’t have time to make one, it’s called prioritization!
- Ask the other parents how much cake they’d like their little one to eat.
- Watch out for those grabby little hands if you are lighting a candle.
- Baby might feel a bit overwhelmed when everyone’s singing. Give them a cuddle for reassurance.
- Ask a friend or relative to take lots of photos, you will probably have your hands full. Make sure they’re ready for the blowing out of candles!
- Remember that party photos make great thank-you cards, printed or sent as digital messages.
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