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How to throw a royal birthday party
Happy first birthday Prince George! As the world watches how the royal family will celebrate the little one's birthday, we gathered tips on throwing the ultimate royal birthday bash. Take a look:
-- Get inspired and pick a theme: "The first step in planning a first birthday is deciding on a theme," said Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular event planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess. "For example, a royal theme tailored to a first birthday can inspire creative, age-appropriate decorations, such as 'castle turrets' made from Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack toys topped with golden sugar cones and felt flags.
-- Plan king-worthy activities: Keeping kids entertained is the key to a good time for everyone, said Sbranti. "For toddlers, designate a large, kid-proofed area to serve as their 'Royal Play Zone' filled with age-appropriate toys, such as bouncy balls, soft blocks and more. Coordinated craft projects are another great way to continue your royal theme."
-- Set the table: "If you want little ones to actually sit down and eat, set an inviting table styled especially for them," she said. "Start with a kid-friendly table runner lined with colorful toy blocks, books and other items. You can top each (unbreakable) plate with a pint-size birthday crown or party hat."
-- Eat cake: Every party needs a cake, but a first birthday call for two, said Sbranti. "One cake is to serve your guests and a smaller one is for your baby to taste ... and smash," she said. "Create an extra special (and safe) 'throne' for the guest of honor to enjoy their smash cake. Add a scalloped felt garland to the back of the high chair seat and transform the tray with a fringed tissue edge."
-- Send them off with favors: "In lieu of traditional goody bags, make playful and inexpensive 'Royal Scepters' for children to enjoy at the party and to take home," Sbranti said. "To make each scepter, slide five foam beads and a straw onto a dowel to decorate the handle, then secure a toy block firmly to the top with hot glue. Set them out at the party and let the little ones enjoy."