Your baby’s first birthday is a truly significant day. The first year of your baby’s life passes by so quickly in a blur of milestones and sleep deprivation, that by the time they reach 12 months old you have both earnt a celebration.
Here are some great ideas for throwing your baby a first birthday party you’ll never forget:
Have a Fun Theme
When choosing the theme for your baby’s first birthday party, it should be fun, easy, and something your baby will relate to. Think about his or her favorite things and then built the birthday party around that. If your baby loves animals, for example, then that could make the perfect basis for their birthday party. Animal balloons, decorations and even some age-appropriate animal themed party games.
Remember though that your one-year-old infant won’t expect anything too ornate or elaborate, and will probably be delighted and fascinated with a slice of birthday cake and a balloon to play with.
Keep the Guest List Small
Too many people fussing around them and trying to engage with them might well overwhelm and upset your baby, particularly if they’re not used to big crowds. If you want them to have the freedom to play and really enjoy their big day, then keep the guest list for your baby’s first birthday party small. A couple of friends and some close family members should be more than enough to ensure a fun party atmosphere without becoming overwhelming.
Consider Gifting Options
You might wish to consider opening birthday presents throughout the day, rather than overwhelming your child with a big pile of presents all in one go. If you’re concerned that your baby will struggle to remove the wrapping paper from their presents then leave a couple of baby soft toy gifts, rattles, or other small and appealing baby toys unwrapped so that they have something new that they can immediately reach for and engage with at the start of the day.
Think About the Grown-Ups
If you’re inviting adults, as well as kids, to your party then remember to accommodate their dietary needs as well as the needs of the babies attending. Sophisticated party nibbles and hors-d’oeuvres will make it a grown-up party that even the most child-hating adult will be pleased to attend. After all, the baby-friendly soft fruits and carrot sticks aren’t going to excite anyone over the age of 5 year’s old!
You could even consider serving cocktails that coordinate in color with your party theme: a wonderful treat for the grown-ups and the babies will never know!
Don’t Forget the Camera!
Finally, don’t forget to charge your camera! You’re going to want to capture plenty of photos of your little one’s special day. Remember that these are moments and memories that you will treasure forever, so don’t be camera shy yourself. Get in the photo, pose, smile, and enjoy every moment with your family. After all, it’s growing up fast!