Planning 1st birthday partyI have gathered here are all the planning tips you need, from ideas, mistakes, and creative solutions to things that might happen.

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Birthday Party Cakes from Tinley Park Bakeries

June 16th, 2019 by

“Where did you get the birthday cake?”, asks a mom to the birthday child’s mom. This frequently asked question is repeated several times throughout the birthday party. Something I observed over my decades of entertaining at 1st birthday parties.

Things I’ve learned about birthday cakes–an audience perspective.

  1. The fancier the decoration on the birthday cake the more people talk about the birthday cake.
  2. Chocolate is the favorite flavor among the guest.
  3. Doesn’t matter how pretty the decoration on the cake, it must taste good.

With this in mind, I decided to turn to my local Facebook community group and ask for a recommendation on where to get a great tasting cake in Tinley Park, IL. As I expected, I received many recommendations which had nothing to do with being located in Tinley Park.

Why a Local Bakery

If you have ever planned a party, you learn that driving 60-minutes round trip to pick up a cake is not in everyone’s schedule. I know this from first-hand experience, as I’m related to the owners of Central Continental Bakery in Mt Prospect. Central Continental Bakery has supplied cakes for my families events for decades, which my guest go crazy over. However, I don’t have time drive to Mt. Prospect for a birthday cake so I must find a local alternative.

Today, I am focusing on Bakeries in Tinley Park, but if Tinley Park is not close to you, don’t worry. The information provided here will help you at your local bakery and your 1st birthday party needs.


1st Birthday Party at the Tinley Park Park District

May 28th, 2019 by

The Tinley Park Park District offers an excellent alternative for parents looking to have a 1st birthday party other than in their house. If your home is to small for all your guest or are looking to avoid hours of cleaning, then I would recommend the Tinley Park Park Districts rooms.

Tinley Park Park District Building


I’ve had the opportunity to entertain serval times at this facility, and here are some of the benefits I see.


1st Birthday Party Venues in Tinley Park

May 14th, 2019 by

The first question that my wife and I faced when planning our sons 1st birthday party was, do we have it at a restaurant or home? You’re going to be asking your spouse that same question, which leads you to read this blog post.

We chose a restaurant for the 1st birthday party and all the remaining birthdays have been at home. You might be like us and feel the first birthday party is unique.  (more…)

Saturday: Best Time to have a Birthday Party

May 1st, 2019 by
The best times to have a birthday party based on the birthday age.


1st Birthday Party

Best birthday time: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The 1st birthday party will be one of the few birthday parties that have kids of all ages. From friends with newborns to family with kids in their teens years.  With such a mix of ages, your guests are going to have a busy Saturday schedule with sports, teens working, and let’s face it, Saturday is their day to sleep in or tackle the honey-do-list.

A four-thirty start time allows you and your guest to have a productive Saturday.  You will have plenty of time to make sure the birthday child has a nap, food is prepped (if not catering), and with a late start ensures that family and friend can attend. This particular milestone, in your child’s life, should be accompanied by all the special people in your life.


How to Get Great Advice on Planning a 1st Birthday Party

February 29th, 2016 by

It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the same mistake.

Monkey centerpiece 1st birthday party

Elders are wiser, so we’ve been told. So 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.  (more…)

How to Plan a 1st Birthday Party

October 16th, 2015 by

1st Birthday Party - Smash CakeWhen my wife and I started to plan our son’s 1st birthday party, we asked our parents what they had done for our first birthdays.  “We had a party with a cake” was their answer — no useful information for parents looking for ideas.

We asked friends, and they would say, “Let me think, it has been thirty years, and I don’t remember what we did.”  (more…)

Planning A Child’s 1st Birthday Party And Making It Special

August 19th, 2014 by

Parent at 1st Birthday PartyDefine what you’re good at doing.  Can you cook, craft, bake, organize?  What skills do you bring to the party?

Define what others are good at doing.  My wife has informed me many times, “Honey, I need some balloon decorations, like superheroes.” I’m a professional balloon entertainer, no big deal, but my wife would not ask her brother-in-law, the electrician, to make balloon figures.  (more…)

8 Practical Reasons Why Not to Haveing a First Birthday Parties at Home

July 31st, 2014 by

Avoid the 1st Birthday House Party

1st birthday sign - Party here

Having a party at home is economical compared to the expense of a banquet hall. However, it doesn’t always make sense to have some parties in a house.

First birthday parties are such beautiful occasions. Unlike other birthday parties, they are usually large gatherings and require extra planning and money. Here are eight practical reasons why having a 1st birthday at an alternate location makes sense.


Tips for New Parents Hosting a Kids Party

June 5th, 2014 by

When you are preparing for your kid’s birthday party, you need to take out time from your busy schedule to plan all the details of your party. There are a lot of things that you must take into consideration when you are organizing for a kids birthday party. Simple things like balloons, streamers, food, and games fit the theme of the party that your designing. Preparation should be done in advance and make sure that everything is in order and ready for the big day. For a kid party, makes sure that you involve the birthday boy or girl in the party planning as much as possible. Young adults love being a part of any celebration that centers on them. In fact, they will be thrilled to help with the theme, guest list, and the other associated party preparations.  (more…)