It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the same mistake.
Elders are wiser, we’ve been told. Yet when we ask them what they did for our first birthday party, they tell us…”Honey, that was years ago. I don’t remember what we did.” So we turn to our friends with kids. After all, they should remember. They have five. “It’s all one big blur,” they tell us.
Yet, there are those who remember in detail what went down. Aunt Martha made a special cake, her brother made this really cool game, they hired a friend as a chef who catered the party, and a whole list of things that really doesn’t help anybody plans a 1st birthday party.
Here’s the trick to getting great advice for planning a 1st birthday party.
We should be asking, “What would you do differently if you could do it over again?” The mistake we make is by asking “What did you do?” That’s the wrong question. In life, business and planning any event is about learning how to avoid problems. Eliminate the problems and things go smoothly.
Ask a parent what they would do differently at their kid’s party and you would be surprised at the answers you get. Things like, verify the name on the cake for correct spelling, bring a change of clothes, email invites go to spam, bring extra chips and diapers. Expect big gifts, so bring an extra car. Bring matches, a cake knife and make sure…..you get the idea.
People remember the problems, mishaps and silly things at an event years later, unlike the event that goes smoothly. Allow other’s mistakes to be your porthole to discovery.