My son just turned ONE YEAR OLD on 3 Jan 2019.
If you missed it – I documented my real birthing process minute by minute in an earlier post – HERE.
WARNING – YOU WILL SEE SOME BLOOD OF A REAL MUM HAVING A BABY 🙂
Unbelievable how quickly time has gone.
So today I thought it’d be helpful to talk to you about how we organise little gatherings and a lot of it comes down to early planning and asking for help with the preparations.
Here are my Top 3 recommendations:
- Plan Early
- Ask For Help
- Make Sure Your Guests Have Fun!
My husband Leki and I started planning for Ky’s 1st birthday around August last year.
The main thing we talked about was when and where.
We decided to push his birthday party to later in the month as 3 January most people are away on holidays.
The next thing that drove our decision was where we would have the party.
That came down to cost and convenience.
We had thought about a Water Park, local gardens/park, the backyard, at a play centre, at my parents house, in a Hall but either it was too expensive or dates were unavailable.
Then we thought about Eastern Beach in Geelong.
It was perfect!
45 mins drive from Melbourne, kiddies pool, diving boards for older kids (adults) 🙂 and plenty of green grass for the family to enjoy!
BEST OF ALL IT’S COMPLETELY FREE!!!
The only thing that we can’t depend on is the weather.
Now on the day we were blessed to have great sunshine and a cool breeze in the shade. So happy! 🙂
But… we were so afraid it would be overcast with rain which was what was forecast for the whole week leading into the birthday weekend. Lucky for us it turned on just in time 😉
So now that we had a location we decided to plan for the Australia Day weekend but when Leki rang the council to enquire whether we could put up a 6m x 3m marquee they said a BIG cycle race was on the long weekend. “The Cadel Evans Great Race” would essentially shut down the whole city of Geelong. Lucky he rang!
So we pushed it forward a week and decided on 19 January 2018.
We made that decision in Sept 2018!
So from Sept to Dec 2018 we started buying little things to help make it easier for the day. Leki bought a big esky from Costco, a large marquee from Bunnings and I organised the little banner and decorations early so I didn’t have to stress closer to the big day!
Ask For Help
Nothing great can be achieved by yourself.
Ask for help!
We are fortunate to have a wonderful family surrounding us that can help in any way they can. Offering help with food preparations, donating their time to help, organising the kids to get there even though parents have to work, contacting me to see if there’s anything that needs doing and lending a hand to shop for things especially juggling a few kids 😉
Believe me it’s a ‘good’ stress when you are running an event but when you have some help it makes it enjoyable as well!
It feels so humbling when you have Family that are so helpful and it’s coming from a place of genuine love.
THANK YOU EVERYONE 🙂
Make Sure Your Guests Have Fun!
Everytime Leki and I host an event we try and spend time with everyone to make them feel welcome and special because we realise everyone could spend their time doing something else.
But, they chose to give up their beautiful Saturday to spend it with us celebrating Kyneton’s 1st birthday.
A little hack we like to think about is if we were being invited to a party what would we like to do or have done for us?
Being in the open we thought it was important to have shelter, comfortable chairs and space for everyone to relax.
We also wanted plenty of food so people could enjoy themselves and then take some things home to eat later in the day or the next day.
Another thing was looking after the kids and making sure they had fun. We planned little games to play and wanted to make sure they had plenty of swimming time, play time and adventure in the sun 🙂
For the older members of the Family we wanted to make sure there was plenty of shade and comfort for them out of the sun.
All in all I can say the day was a success and a large part of it was due to the great weather and planning the day out as best we can!
In closing this is a sad post for me because although we had a lot of fun my little side kick is growing up.
We’ve enrolled him into our local Montessori School with Eme which is only an hour per week just to get the hang of things and to introduce some Montessori ideas (we started Eme at Montessori at 18 months).
Aside from that we are looking forward to my hubby’s birthday in February then Emelina’s 4th birthday in March.
Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂