Birthday Numero Uno! – Planning For The Big Day

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Sure it is almost Halloween, Thanksgiving is creeping up on us and to look at the stores, one would think Christmas is pretty soon as well, however we have birthdays on the horizon and that trumps everything else!

In just a couple days it is Muse-pa’s birthday (I can’t share anything about his because he reads these posts most of the time and that would remove the element of surprise… : ), but we will definitely have fun!

Then, in just under a month, Mr. Sweetie will be turning ONE YEAR OLD!!

WOW!

In some ways it seems like just yesterday and in others, it seems like a while ago…  (I am noticing more and more things seem that way…  Hmmm….)

We have already had a discussion about what Mami might prefer to do to celebrate the day, but I decided to check for current suggestions to help out. See what you think.

While I normally do not read a lot of articles on the parenting.com website, this one “20 Fun Baby’s First Birthday Party Ideas” actually had some pretty good ideas and suggestions:

1 – It is best to plan your party in the late morning or late afternoon and block out an hour to and hour-and-a-half. These two things help to avoid nap times and keep the party a reasonable time for their attention span and energy

2 – Keep your guest list small to avoid overwhelming your baby and keep your costs down.  Think of special people when making the invitation list.

3 – Be sure and ask for help (either a babysitter or family member) if you feel it might be overwhelming to balance hosting duties and celebrating the big day.

4 – They also suggested that babies love balloons and recommended getting foil or Mylar ones instead of latex to avoid choking issues for kids under 8.

5 – Make sure that you create a baby-proofed area with age appropriate toys for babies to play as many of them are still crawling, setting chairs for the parents around the perimeter to relax and keep an eye on the kiddos.

6 – It is a good idea to double check with guests about any food allergies ahead of time and keep your snack simple (like chopped fruit and veggies, possible cheese and crackers for the adults or other similar items).

7 – Keep the party low-key and the stress down. At this age, they are just happy to be with you and know they are loved so make this the priority. You will have plenty of years to do much fancier things and they will start to have an opinion about it all as well…  : )

I also found three of the Waldorf birthday traditions interesting:

8 -Birthday Eve Poem – The night before a child’s birthday, a special poem is recited as the child is tucked into bed. It is a sweet poem honoring the last night that the child will be that age.

When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be ___ years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be ___ years old.
___ kisses when I wake,
___ candles on my cake. …

9 -They also have a Birthday Ring tradition that originated in Germany and has several variations on it, but uses a wooden ring that items (such as candles) are placed on. It can be used for 12, 16 or 24 years and inspires participants to go around the circle and tell stories from each year of the child’s life.

10 – The final Waldorf tradition is The Rainbow Bridge Birthday Story (also known as The Little Angel’s Birthday Story). It has man versions but is something that you can easily customize to fit your child’s life story. This is a special way to remember the birth of your child and create a fabulous tale they will look forward to hearing each year on their birthday. You can read more detail about the story and find two versions to choose from in creating your own (a long and a short version) here.

11 – The final nugget I would like to remind you of is taken from Katie at WellnessMama. Her post “How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy Food” brings up some very good points that I recommend keeping in mind for laying the foundation for your child’s life especially in relation to celebrations. She brings up a number of things to be aware of regarding kids and food such as: “From a young age we reward birthdays with sweets, school achievements with meals out, good deeds with ice cream and even healthy eating with dessert (if you eat all 3 of your peas, you can have a piece of cake…)”. I recommend reading the full post to gather great information for making decisions about birthdays, celebrations and healthy eating for your Sweetie for years to come!

I hope these suggestions help you create some lasting benefit and memorable celebrations!

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 Have you found or used some birthday traditions or ideas you are amazingly happy with?  If you try any of the above ideas or others you come up with on your own let us know!!

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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