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You’re Invited

So you’ve got your guest list together.  Bravo, we are making progress!

I made mine (I think) and I hope I can fit all those guests in my house!  My husband asked, where will we put all the shoes?  I said.. if that’s our only prob we are doing ok!

Making a guest list is not so easy. We want to have our son’s little friends and their parents, which is about 30 people.  We will have our close families as well. We need to consider if we have enough room to comfortably have our other good friends and their spouses who don’t have kids, which would add about another 10 people! Our son’s birthday falls on the Canadian Family Day long weekend.  Yes, we have a holiday called ‘Family Day’.. A day off work, sounds good to us! So we decided to make the party the following weekend in case people decide to go out-of-town. So we still debate about the guest list and numbers.. can we fit close to 50 guests in our home… so we are finalizing this decision…

So venue is chosen. Home is free and comfortable and perfect for a 1st birthday party. He’s turning one, as if he’s going to remember much later anyways.

guests are narrowed down (or almost..)

Now onto some FUN! Let’s pick some invitations shall we.

I LOVE choosing invitations. Ya know, it says a lot about the type of party you’re gonna have.  It announces the party, it reveals the theme of the party (if you choose to have one) gives your guest all the deets about the special event.  Cross your fingers they don’t already have a commitment!

Which leads us to, “When do I send the invitation?”

I didn’t quite know the best answer… I looked online and asked around and the responses ranged from 2 weeks (which I think is too close) to 6 weeks (which may be ok or a bit too far away from the event) I would say 4-6 weeks would be a safe bet for a birthday party (Weddings or larger affairs are a different story). If you have a better response to when to send invites, please let me know! This gives your guests a chance to organize their weekend, review their schedules, reply to the invite with their yea or nay response.

Did I mention that I LOVE choosing invitations? It can be a very creative and fun experience.  Doesn’t have to be stressful and overwhelming!  Personally, I love all things crafty, but who has the time to make like Martha S. and gather all the materials from a craft store, to sit and cut, stamp, ribbon, print, design to create the most  aDoRaBlE & sTuNnInG invitation I have ever seen!  Likely many of you don’t have time for that.  Though it is tempting and exciting and absolutely doable.  If you are planning on a budget and have the time, totally a great idea!! Check out your local craft store or even online craft supply stores for ideas and product info.

INVITATIONS

all online:

  1. EVITE – Receiving an invitation online is always great too. Evite is simple, cute, easy and lets guests comment on online discussion if necessary too. For instance, if you are arranging a potluck and guests are discussing what to bring, it’s an easy tool to allow for chit-chat and notifies you when guests reply.  Keeps responses organized, no worry about being lost in the mail or finding stamps, no addresses to gather etc.  So it does the trick. They have a huge assortment of designs for all occasions too. Check online at their site, it might inspire you to throw a party of some sort, for instance a ‘tailgating’ party.. yes it’s there! check to see if I’m lying  😉

Not often do we receive invitations by mail anymore, so this could be a nice touch. Receiving something in the mail that is not a bill is always EXCITING. Here is a list of some wonderful places to order invitations of various beautiful designs and price ranges.

Check out these great online sites with a huge selection of designs to choose from.

Simplytoimpress.com – Wide variety of invitations for all occasions. Check now there is a shipping promo code for the holidays. Always a help, and take advantage of this while it lasts.  See, it pays to be organized!

Here are a couple of examples of the no-photo kids invitations.  All the sites are amazing with super selection at various price ranges.

Sweet and Simple Cupcake Invite from Simply to Impress

Make a splash with this adorable firetruck invite from Simply to Impress. Many more great designs to choose from.

minted.com – Very cool designs that are stylish and adorable. Many can be personalized with a photo of your sweetie-pie. Also check out their baby keepsake journals. Such a lovely idea to have a personalized notebook to record all your baby’s milestones.

Check out these cute minted invites.  Way more options to see online.

Minted boys birthday invitation

Bring out the artist in every child with this great invite from Minted

The Paper Boutique – Toronto based company with a beautiful selection of awesome designs for all occasions. They do most of their printing right on site and it sounds like they can really customize and work one on one with you to design the perfect invitation for you.

Look at this adorable monkey design from The Paper Boutique. I really like this one!

Your guests will definitely want to come 'hang out' with your little one on his or her special day. Too cute.

Here are some other great links that will have lots of wonderful selections with gorgeous designs to suit everyone’s taste and needs.

Sixapple.com

Vistaprint

Tiny Prints

Mixbook

As I mentioned… too many options, but it’s fun to search, see what you like and gather some good ideas.  EnjoY!

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Sweets for your Sweet

mmmmm!!! as my son would say.

You say Chocolate and I say WHERE?!

Take a look at this place!

Double Chocolate Fountain

fun foods. So so fun!

amazingly delicious sweet ideas: hot chocolate, chocolate bar maker, candy apples, cotton candy, smores, pancakes, an amazing double chocolate fountain!!! and MORE. This company serves the GTA, but check if your city has something like this.

ok maybe this is a bit larger scale like wedding or sweet sixteen, but you can definitely get inspired by the sweets on this site for your sweet little one and his or her sweet little friends, cousins and grownups at the party.  wow. this might be another ‘go big idea’ but why not?  If you are having a larger size group gathering, why not have a station that all the guests can visit. Think about it, you won’t have to worry about buying all the ingredients or sweating over the stove worrying about burning the goods.

Check out these amazing looking pancakes!

Woahh... impressive much!?

 

Candy Apples… so much FuN for everyone!

Yum.... there is an apple under all that candy, I'm sure of it.

 

 

While your guests are around playing and chatting, be present, so the party doesn’t just pass by like a blur.

Enjoy it, play with your child and relax with your family and friends.

The goal is to make it as stress free as possible!

The first birthday is a special one, yes the second birthday might have some high expectations, but just tell them you are out-of-town or something, who will care?

Splurge on your little one!! 

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Go BIG !

Well well well… what have I stumbled across here.

Ok I was kidding about the Bar Mitzvah blog post, though I wouldn’t be so surprised if I found one of these very awesome bouncy castles at a Bar Mitzvah somewhere around town this weekend! Not such a bad idea, eh?

Ok.. so back to planning a kiddy party.

Thinking of having a party at home? Maybe in the backyard?  Unfortunately my babes birthday is in ice-cold February, so this won’t be the best option for us.  If you are planning ahead for spring or summer… you are organized, on the ball, and probably shouldn’t rub in how late I am starting to plan this party.

With all that being said… If you are looking to go really BIG for this party, you might be interested to check out this place.

They specialize in renting out bouncy castles and other inflatable large structures that the older kids will love at your party.  If you are not local to the GTA I’m sure your area has a similar rental service.

 

Adventure Mania Inflatable Rentals

As I mentioned this is a BIG idea, not necessarily needed for a wonderful and memorable small-scale party, but from the looks of the pics, how could your party not be a complete success? You will likely be giving the kids a new amazing experience, which will grant them with a very warm and lasting memory from that special day.

So, go BIG..or stay home.. or go BIG at home!

very cool idea that the kids will LOVE!!

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Planning 1st Birthday Party

We are halfway through December and my almost 10 month old will be a 1 year old before I can say, “OMG, my newborn is a toddler now!!” or “OMG, I have a one year old son?!”

It’s almost February, my little boys birthday month, and the most I have planned for his very special first birthday party is….. um… can you hear the crickets chirping…. nothing.  oy!

So I search online and  I see SOOO many fabulous ideas… the perfect cupcake, the perfect theme, the perfect venue, even the perfect lootbag.  My problem is there are too many ideas!

Here is my first mission: to help myself and help you plan a birthday party with as little stress and as much fun, giggles and smiles as possible.

Let’s get started.

The list..

  1.  List of guests  (number, ages)
  2.  Location (directions, contact info)
  3.  Invitations (online,mail)
  4.  Food/Drinks /Cake/ other yummy desserts (adult food, kiddy food, baby food)
  5.  Entertainment ( professional kids singer ,crazy clown, DJ, old school Raffi jammin on your at home CD player)
  6.  Theme ( Teddy Bear Picnic, Spiderman, Thomas, Cars, Micky Mouse)
  7.  Plates/Napkins/Cutlery /cups (Colours, Sizes)

In the end, I know that my baby boy will be happy even if it is just mommy and daddy there smiling and making goofy faces at him.  If the party is a total fail, oh well, he likely won’t remember… he might have sweet dreams about all of the exciting boxes and torn wrapping paper he gets to play with. If he is lucky I might let him tear apart his birthday cake and take pictures of him doing it to embarrass him at his Bar Mitzvah.

OMG, that’s only 12 years away!

next blog.. planning your sons Bar Mitzvah… see above list.. hasn’t changed much

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