A baby’s first full month (also called ‘man yue’ or ‘full moon’) is a major milestone for Chinese families and a great excuse to throw a party so you can show off your new little bundle of joy! Of course you want your baby’s first full moon party to go off without a hitch, so a little bit of planning is in order. We know that finding time to plan a party can be difficult when you’re adjusting to life as a new parent, so we’ve put together some tips to help you plan the perfect man yue party without pulling your hair out.
Determine Your Budget
Number crunching isn’t the most glamorous aspect of party planning, but it’s definitely the most important. Your budget will dictate how big or small the party will be, who you will invite, where you will hold it, and how elaborate you want to be with decorations, food and gifts. Think about how much you are comfortable spending in total, write that number down, and then refer back to it as you continue to plan the party.
Put Together a Guest List
Now that you have an idea of how much you want to spend, you can start putting together a guest list. If you’re being cost-conscious, you may want to have a small, intimate gathering with just a few close family members. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can increase the guest list to include friends, extended family and colleagues.
Decide on a Date
It makes sense to throw your baby’s man yue party on the actual day of their first full month, but that date might not be convenient for your guests, especially if it falls on a weekday. Many new parents in Singapore opt to throw the party on a weekend to better accommodate everyone, and then celebrate the actual day with traditional customs at home.
Choose a Concept
The key to throwing a memorable party is making it unique to you. Think about what kind of party would best suit your style and budget. Is it a leisurely lunch in a garden setting? Afternoon tea in the comfort of your own house? A fun-filled day of games and festivities? Or maybe you want to go all out with a big banquet dinner, drinks and dancing.
Book a Venue
If you’re not hosting the party at home, you’ll need to book a venue that can comfortably fit all of your guests. Make a list of places you love that fit with your concept, then reach out to see if they have availability on your chosen date. Be sure to ask about catering and discounts for group bookings. Some venues may even offer special baby full moon packages.
Traditional Man Yue Party Essentials
No matter how modern your concept is, there are a few traditional elements that every man yue party should have. Guests are typically presented with red eggs, which symbolise new life, along with pickled ginger. Ang ku kueh (red turtle cakes) are another full month party staple that can be included in goodie bags for guests. In addition, the colour red symbolises good luck, so you may want to incorporate it into your decorations and treats. To make it even more special, you can consider our lovely range of baby gift baskets.