While choosing a venue, in addition to keeping the number of guests in mind, you will also have to figure out their age group. If they are mostly children, somewhere like McDonalds, which organises great budget birthday parties, would be ideal. If your guests are mostly adults, hamburgers may not be the best choice. Many clubs rent halls at reasonable rates which could be used for this purpose. If you are not a member, all you have to do is get a member to apply on your behalf. You could always reimburse him later.
First birthdays are usually grand affairs. Your child is too small to understand what is happening and the party is more a moment of celebrating your joy with your friends, relatives and well wishers. You will be inviting more adults at your child's first birthday than you will at any of his or her birthdays in the future so it is a good idea to make the first birthday special. First birthday parties with a theme are gaining in popularity. A theme does not mean involvement from the guests like a colour theme - wait till your child turns four for that. The theme would basically be applicable to the decor, invitations and back presents. For example, you could have a Mickey Mouse theme where you use Mickey Mouse invitations, Mickey Mouse painted cut-outs on the walls, a Mickey Mouse cake and Mickey Mouse accessories as back presents, which could be anything from huge stuffed toys to key chains depending upon your budget! But if you try this at your child's fourth birthday, there would be few adults around to notice your brilliant ideas and the children wouldn't care less that you went from store to store to find a Mickey Mouse water bottle because the Donald Duck just wouldn't do. If they notice the theme at all.
If you are having a gathering of around 10 children, take a couple of large, brightly coloured bed sheets and string them up to form a closed tent, leaving a flap open. When it's meal time, let the kids snuggle into the tent with their plates and watch the excitement it generates.
Fancy dress parties are preferable for a slightly older age group, perhaps from 8 years, so the children can figure out what they want to go as, and the parents can help them getting the outfit organised. Each child can then enact their character, and the best costume gets a prize.
If you have the space or are renting out a venue, it would be interesting to arrange for some of these options:
A ball pool
A tattoo artist
A miniature bowling alley
Make a guest list.
Make a list of things to do and buy. This would include invitations, back presents, prizes, balloons, some items on your menu, whistles, party hats,
Streamers, khoi bag with sweets, pencils, erasers, key chains etc. It's not very complicated but organising things is easier when the agenda is penned down.
Go to a wholesale market like Sadarbazar in Delhi or Manish Market in Mumbai for great deals. Remember, you would be buying in bulk so one trip could save you a fat sum of money.
Send out the invitations at least a week in advance. Birthday party invitations are always hand-delivered.
Follow up with a phone call to close friends and relatives.
Get the guest count as accurate as possible, so you can arrange for the food accordingly.
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