A lot of my friends are first-time moms, and I often get questions about the first birthday party preparations I had with my two kids. The most common of all is, what are the things that can be done or created on our own, as a DIY project few months before the party. Here’s my own list:
1. Souvenirs/Tokens – of course, it’s easier to just buy something that match the theme, but sometimes you have an idea on your mind but not available at the stores (or even online). Projects range from paper to clay creations. Search the internet (Pinterest recommended) for instructions on how to do them on your own.
2. Invitations – search the internet for graphics that matches your theme, add text and photo, and you’re set. Internet has tons of step-by-step instructions on how to do these, even pop-up ones.
3. Backdrop (for your “stage” or dessert table) – this is my favorite as this is where you can add the things to showcase the theme. Aside from your banner, you can add actual items (e.g. fishnet for sea/beach theme, toy instruments for rock star theme, etc.)
4. Table centerpiece – so many ideas to do with jars, boxes or fishbowls, fill them with shredded papers, gumballs or m&m’s, and add lollipops, mini placards, or balloons.
You may start with lots of “rejects” but practice makes perfect. By your 50th piece, your project is nothing but perfect. Just remember, if your time won’t allow it, choose to purchase ready-made party supplies. Don’t stress yourself out. What’s important is your kid will have fun celebrating his/her birthday.