Thanks to BakingSmarter.com for the great 1st Birthday cake ideas. It is amazing what you can accomplish with some fondant and a few cookie cutters. Please give some of these cake ideas a try and let us know how they turned out.
The Birthday Cake like the Birthday Outfit is an integral part of the birthday celebration. Planning for the big day starts for many parents on the day their precious baby arrives, for others not until later but you should start gathering the ideas and components at least 6 months before the big day. Doing it this way will avoid that rushed feeling and the shipping terrors associated with deliveries that are date sensitive.
You want to make sure you research all the different things that make up a 1st birthday celebration . If you are making the cake yourself, you will want to test out the recipes and the decorating techniques to make sure of the outcome. Likewise other foods that you may be planning to serve, if they are not family favorites, test them out. Make sure they are easy enough to prepare and that they taste good. Birthday Day is not a time for culinary surprises.
The decoration, there are many sources of decorations but I have found that the cutest decorations and the most affordable ones are imported, and imported means a longer shipping time, so plan ahead. Always give about 30-45 days for the shipping. You will be glad you did. I offer party decorations and ideas for the 1st Birthday Party on my website littlekeikiboutiki.com but there are a number of other good sources for party decor, just remember- no matter where you order from giving plenty of time for shipping is important.
Select the venue and determine the booking policies of your chosen venue. Make sure you understand their cancellation policies, just in case. If you run into an issue and need to change the date you want to know ahead of time what the policies are for your venue.
Now for the big one. The birthday outfit. What are you going to choose for your baby to wear as his/her 1st birthday outfit? How do you select the best birthday outfit? You could go to your local department store and choose from the selection they offer but this option will get you a generic outfit that could be worn for any occasion. Stepping up to the world of custom-made birthday outfits. It can be a bit intimidating to navigate the wide range of 1st birthday outfits that are available. The themes are almost endless and the prices range from cheap to the upper end. Outfits in the $20s to outfits in the $100s. Where to begin and how to make sure you don’t end up getting burned!
Take your time and investigate! Reach out and speak to the seller. Ask questions, and make sure you understand what you are purchasing. There are any number of sham sites out there and you want to make sure you don’t fall victim to them. How? Well start with the HTTP: vs the HTTPS: If the site you are shopping on doesn’t have the HTTPS: and the little padlock in the address bar at the top of your screen, STOP run the other way. You never want to give your money to a site without the https: designation, it is not safe. Next look for their reviews and reputation, yes there are fake reviews and things are often not what they seem. But check them out. Next look at what they are offering, have you seen the same outfit offered elsewhere at a higher price maybe? What looks like a bargain can end up being a big costly mistake. Do the photos of the outfits look uniform and are any watermarks the marks of that company or are they watermarks for different companies? This is a dead giveaway that the outfit pictured has been stolen from another website. If you buy from these sites you will either lose your money or receive a much inferior product. Don’t be afraid to contact sites and ask questions. If you see an outfit that is beyond gorgeous and it is priced at $40.00 it is a scam. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is very true. Be careful and do your research. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. Make sure they accept credit cards and not just PayPal or they ask you to wire the money direct. Those are all red flags.
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