Well we survived. Baby Boy’s first birthday and party was a huge success. We went with the Gone Fishing theme and had so much yummy food. Now that it’s over I feel like I need an extra day just to recover. I spent months planning this party and then just like that it was over.
A great thing that worked out for us was having his party on Saturday. That way anyone who was traveling from out of town could come for just the day. The party started in the early afternoon so most of our out-of-town travelers came down that morning and we able to be home by 7 or 8 that same night. We also wanted our guests to be able to have a day off before going back to work. I like having parties on Saturdays. Usually J and I are the ones having to travel to see friends or family and being home late Saturday or early Sunday morning is the best. Then I feel like I have a full day to get things done around the house.
We also planned a Saturday party so we could have a full day to get the house back to normal and take lots of naps. Genius!
Here’s what we did to recover FAST from our Baby Boy’s birthday party:
Cleaned up first thing. As soon as the party was over we started cleaning. Threw away trash, put dishes in the dishwasher and put away and left over food. I didn’t want to procrastinate and then be left with dirty plates and trash laying around. It may not be a perfect clean up, but try to get the bulk of it before going to bed.
Deep clean the next morning. I woke up early and finished cleaning the house. I swept, cleaned the floors and hauled back the tables we borrowed. If you need extra hands then I would recommend taking your little guy to his grandparents’ for a few hours to give you an opportunity to clean.
Find a place for all of the new stuff. I had a feeling that his first birthday was going to be bad (as in a lot of stuff). But I had no idea.
TIP: Hide a few new toys in a closet and then in a couple months when all of their toys have lost their excitement, then pull out a hidden toy.
Nap time. Naps are important for your little one and the day after his party might be pretty hard. So make sure you build an extra nap time in your day.
I’ll be sharing how I threw his party on a budget and what tricks I used to save money… and what I splurged on later this week.