Jasmin is turning one in less than a month and planning for her birthday party is in full swing. I’ve been getting a little emotional about my little baby’s big milestone, but that’s not stopped me from also feeling excited about her special day. I can’t believe she is nearly a year old, and the last twelve months have really whizzed by. It feels right though that we should mark them with a party and celebration.
I love party planning, particularly for little ones. Milin’s birthday is at the end of the year so the last party I organised was some time ago. I learnt plenty of tricks for parties for two-year-olds on his last birthday, but he never had a first birthday party. We were living in New Zealand and in the middle of that summer, all our close friends and family were out of town. We were packing up the house ready for our move to London and we were surrounded by boxes and packing tape. Tony spent the day sanding window frames and painting the house ready for our lucky tenants. Milin and I went to the brilliant Wellington Zoo which was at the end of our road and we had an annual pass for. When we got home, Tony took a break from painting and we sang happy birthday to our little boy. We blew out a candle which we’d put on the last slice of our wedding cake – it had been taken out of the freezer that morning and was Milin’s first taste of chocolate.
Jasmin is going to have a party though. Perhaps it’s because we know we will have friends and family around us this time to celebrate with. Perhaps it’s because it’s the last time one of our babies will turn one. Perhaps we feel as if we will be singing happy birthday and goodbye to the baby years. It’s also perhaps, because I do feel the odd twinge of guilt that Jasmin suffers a little from ‘second child syndrome’. (She hasn’t been taken to all the activities I used to drag Milin to, instead she gets carted around with him to the things we go to for toddlers….) Whatever the reasons, Jasmin is having a party.
We go to a wonderful little singing class every now and again and Jasmin loves the teacher, the songs, the instruments and – of course – the bubbles at the end. Milin also loves everything about it and has been going since before Jasmin was born. Because there will be a few children at the party aged between one and five, I’ve asked the singing teacher to come along and provide the entertainment. It’ll take the pressure off me to keep the little ones amused for an hour – and I know Al will do a far better job than I ever could.
We will of course have cake, but I’ve not decided on whether or not I’ll do that myself yet. I want Jasmin’s day to be special – and while making her a cake myself would be wonderful, I’m not convinced I could do it as well as I would like. I’ve started thinking about goody bags too, and so far I’ll be putting stickers, bubbles and perhaps a bouncy ball or little animal inside them as a way of thanking the children who come to the celebrate with us.
Fisher Price have sent us a first birthday party pack to help us plan for Jasmin’s big day. As well as party invitations, gift tags, thank you cards, activity sheets and a banner it also contains handy checklists – there’s one list of essentials when planning the big day and one list of goody bag essentials too. It’s a lovely little kit and available to download from the Fisher Price 1st birthday site to help prepare for your little one’s big day.
Jasmin has also been sent a very sweet commemorative first birthday gift from Fisher Price which she adores. I probably should have waited to give it to her, but I knew she’d love it and couldn’t resist. It’s a Little People Birthday Playset which Fisher Price is launching in July and making available from Asda to mark Prince George turning one. The Prince’s first birthday is a a few days before Jasmin’s so she is in good company!
The playset has been keeping Jasmin entertained, but it’s also something Milin, 2, is also having fun with. It’s a little birthday party scene with a little girl and boy, some chairs around a table, a dog who comes in a gift box, and a couple of banners and some balloons. Jasmin loves lifting the girl and boy out of the chairs that they slot into, and she loves taking the lid off the box and finding the dog underneath. The table features a birthday cake in its centre and Jasmin has figured out that once you press down on this, it lights up and plays the tune of ‘happy birthday’. It makes her clap her hands and smile every time. And it makes me even more excited about the day we get to sing this to her. It really is a super cute little set for a baby who is turning one.
With less than four weeks to go until Jasmin’s big day, I’ve still got some important party planning to do. Most of it is menu-related, so I’ll save all that for another post. In the meantime, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for good weather. Hopefully her July birthday will mean our party will be in the garden.
*We were sent the Fisher Price first birthday set to review. All images and opinions are my own.