A 1 Year olds Birthday

Amanda - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 52 moms have responded )

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This is my first son He will be a year old on April 7th..I was wondering can someone please tell me how to Celebrate a 1 year olds Birthday? I've never done this before..I am planning on having it on the 10th though...Can someone give me some advice please?

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Derika - posted on 04/06/2010

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I'm also planning my daughter's 1st birthday party. She will be 1 on the 14th but am hving her party on the 17th. She is having a princess theme with cookout foods. I'm trying to think of some games or something the kids can plan..any suggestions?? Music will also be played because my Princess loves music!!!

Denise - posted on 03/31/2010

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my little angel turning 1 at the end of the month, but have been planning her b-day for some time too... winnie the pooh is the theme as this is the them in her room. also just inviting friends with little ones, and her class mates at nursery school -about 5 of them in the class. think the 1st b-day is a bigger thing for us moms than for our babies! cant believe its been almost a year already that our precious one has been with us...great times!

Katarina - posted on 03/31/2010

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Danielle, I know I'll cry lol. I have been most of the week. My son turns 1 April 5th. Our babies are growing up!

Danielle - posted on 03/31/2010

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This is my first baby too, and he's also a boy. We're having a BBQ at my Mom and Dad's place. We're inviting Landon's Nana and Papa, Godparents, Great Grandmother, a couple of my cousins, and two or three friends. It's going to be very casual...hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and cake. I think I'll probably cry! I went to the dollar store and bought some cheap decorations just for fun.

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Mabel - posted on 10/22/2013

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Am celebrating a small brthday fr my one yr baby, can u help me with de programme outline?

Katie - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son's first birthday is on the 13th but we are having his actual party on the 17th my dad and grandparents are coming up, as well as my in-laws and my sister,and some of my friends. My husband and I decided to have the party at our local pizza place since they have soft things that our son can eat like bread sticks. I am doing a bug theme. His invitations had caterpillars on them so I went to bettycrocker.com and learned how to make a caterpillar cake and bug themed cupcakes so that is what I am going to do. I am really excited about it. I know he wont remember it but its still going to be fun. Bettycrocker.com also has ideas for making a cake completely out of cupcakes which is cool because its easy for the little kids to eat. Hope this helps.

Christina - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son will be 1 on April 19th & we're doing the same, just a simple cookout here at the house with close friends & family. Anything elaborate you do at this age is for the guests & not the child since they're not old enough to remember it so we're saving our money for future birthdays lol.

I went to Party City & picked up some Baby Boy 1st Birthday decorations, cups & plates & such. I'm making the food & cake myself & will probably whip out the icecream maker & churn some icecream.

Krystal - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son Jalen will be one on the 16th. Because it is his first birthday, we feel as though he wont really know what is going on and he wont be very active in the party, we're doing family activities like our family pics and the pottery place to make a milestone birthday gift. That night we're just doing cupcakes with close friends and family. Maybe 10 ppl at the most. Something intimate and family oriented.

Alicia - posted on 04/05/2010

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my son turns one on the 18th... so far i got a color scheme, cupcakes for guests that match the color scheme and kind of a music theme because he loooves music! i'm getting him a mini cake so he can have his own, and having some poeple cook (and i am cooking aswell) im going to keep the birthday stuff simple since we are having a lot of people come. and a friend of ours will be doing the photography since i wont have time to take pictures.

go with a color scheme...and what subjects your baby likes..because thats a start!

Heather - posted on 04/05/2010

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We're just doing appetizers & cake & Icecream on the 11th. We'll get her her own "special" cupcake. Invite only close friends & family. all in all about 30 people.

Marqueta - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter turned 1 today and I was planning on just having a small gathering at my house but my mom and her godmother took it over and now I has turned into a big celebration. Her theme is "The Princess and the Frog". I had fun shopping for all the party favors. I started back in Feb for her April 10th party. I thought of something that I have never seem at a childs party and that is for my daughter to send out thank you cards to everyone who attends. I am going to take a picture of her with everyone who's there and put it in the card just to say thanks for celebrating my first year of life.

Nadene - posted on 04/04/2010

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i am having a huge party for my bubas first bday! mainly family and friends bbq and nibblys type thing i have been planing her bday cake for ages! cant wait to get messy in the kitchen!

Carissa - posted on 04/04/2010

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Hey Amanda! I also have a son turning a year old on April 7th! And we're having a little birthday party for him just at the house with family and friends. They're still a little young so I say just have a little barbecue or something for him with your loved ones where he could still have fun but not be overwhelmed!

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2010

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a small birthday party of just family is the best thing, that way the baby won't get overwhelmed. Plan around nap so they are more agreeable. Have a smash cake for him and a regular size cake for your guests. Publix makes a smash cake for free when you purchase the other cake. Decorate in your child's favorite toys.

Fallen - posted on 04/04/2010

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Im going through the same problem, i keep changing my mind on what to do.. i think ill just have a small one with clost friends and family

Shemia - posted on 04/04/2010

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my sons bday is on the 17 of april and i have have a bunch of friends with little ones, family, over at a park then i got a big and small cake its a tradition in my family to smash it in our kids face then have the big one for everyone then there is going to be a jumper of slide there with an ice machine to make snow cones but we live in az so its hot

Brandy - posted on 04/04/2010

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Well, for my 6 year olds 1st birthday we got a little cake and a big cake. The little cake was all his to eat, play or throw...whatever he wanted to do with it. My baby will be a year old on April 27 and I plan on doing the same with him. As far as company goes I am only inviting those that have been a major part of his life.

Renee - posted on 04/04/2010

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HI, well my son is 1 also this year, and i am going to the local Hungry Jacks, we are inviting jus the family and some close friends, that way we dnt gotta keep the children attending amused and dnt got any mess to clean.

In saying that though i am 19 days off having my second, so i am not going to be up for anything BIG. but to save money or if low on finances we haved asked everyone to pay for their own meals rather us pay for a whole party that he wont understand.

But it is up to you if u feel like jus having a lil thing at home with some family and close friends thats a good idea too, or mayb a BBQ is something to think of.

hopes this helps u, mayb a lil party at the local park/resturant is a good thing.

Chrissy - posted on 04/03/2010

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My 1st son turns 1 on the 16th. I have done the Pooh Bear theme with him since birth so I got pooh decorations at Walmart and I'm going to get a Pooh Bear cake. Going to have it at the park as long as weather is permitting. I invited close family and friends that he knows. I think it will be a fun day for him.

Caroline - posted on 04/03/2010

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We are egging it out to 3 celebrations, but keeping it nice and simple. Her actual birthday my husband and I are taking her to Chessington world of aventures (theme park with zoo) day after we are having a small BBQ with close family, and 2 weeks after she is having a joint party with 3 other babies and local friends. Workload is split, we are all bringing some food and toys and hired a small barn for the party

Bernadette - posted on 04/03/2010

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We just celebrated our daughter's first birthday today! It was a great success, despite the fact that I was stressed about getting everything ready in time. I don't know why, since it was only a few of my family, and a couple of friends and their daughter coming. We kept it small and didn't make too big a deal of it, since it would have been a bit overwhelming for her. We have just set up a playroom for her at home, so we held the party there and decorated with streamers and balloons everywhere - the balloons were hanging up and loose on the ground so that there were plenty to chase around the floor. This on it's own made it special for her, since it was something out of the ordinary and she was very much in awe of it all. She and her little friend who came had a great time playing with the balloons and her new toys. We also had a ball pit set up, that she got for christmas, and for her birthday she got a mini trampoline is great for inside. That also gave them something to play with. I had a kid's table and chairs setting which they sat at to eat, and just served sandwiches for lunch, and some rice cakes and dried fruit and fairy bread for snacks. For the adults, sandwiches, sausage rolls and mini quiches. So most of the food was healthy, except for the cake. I made it myself, and we had a number one with a teddy bear sitting beside it, and over the number a blanket and pillow. It was quite messy, so I'd suggest having it somewhere easy to clean up. The floor in her playroom is lino, so I wasn't too stressed about mess. And to clean up the mess she made all over herself - we then went outside to the inflatable pool.

So my suggestion would be - finger foods, with not too much sugary stuff, not too many people so that he doesn't get overwhelmed, and lots and LOTS of decorations to make it look exciting, and some fun things to play with which will keep the kids active.

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my son also turns one this month, we are having cake and ice cream with a bunch of friends. i am just keeping it simple

Anna - posted on 04/02/2010

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my daughter turns 1 on April 22nd and I am just having family so it's not so overwhelming. I'm doing a garden theme with crafts for my 2 older children and their cousin to enjoy. Just having a spaghetti dinner and making it casual. Simple is the best at this age. Good Luck!

Victoria - posted on 04/02/2010

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my daughter is 1 on april 11th we are having a party for her with just family & a few friends, with just the usual party food sandwiches, sausage rolls, jelly ice cream & her birthday cake, we haven't picked a theme we are just buing some 1st birthday banners & ballons for her to chase around, hopefully she will have a god day even if she doesn't remember there will be lot's f pictures for her to look at when she is older. Happy Birthday to all the other babies who are turning one soon

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2010

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first birthdays, even though the baby wont remember are really important!! you want a million pics for the baby book to look back on, and they are also to celebrate the fact that mommy and daddy made it threw their first year! my one and only son will be a year old on the 8th, we are also celebrating on the 10th. he loves fishies! they are his favorite thing, so everything is fish theamed! including his cake! we are buying him a little tank from walmart that lights different colors and we are using it as the base for his b day cake! we have a huge family so there are a lot of people coming but he likes having lots of people and kids around so it should be really fun! we are doing it at a park so no one has to clean up threir houses. lol. cuz i always hate that part. we are starting it at 2:30, so everyone can get something to eat, but we dont have to pay for it! its going to be a big party, but its all in the cheap, were making our own cake and a bunch of cupcakes (always soooo easy) i say go all out, have a blast, and even though they will not remember it, they will want to look back at it in the future and so will you!! i hope you have a ton of fun, no matter what you decide to do and enjoy it completely! and if you cry, dont feel bad! i think every mommy crys! i know iv been crying for the last month lol.

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My first child (my daughter) is going to be one year on April 7 too! She shares the same birthday with your son. I am having her birthday party on April 11. I am doing a ducky theme. I invited close family and some friends. There will be about 20-30 people there depending who comes.

Carissa - posted on 04/02/2010

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Our babies are birthday twins!!! We are having her party on the 10th as well. We're having a large family party because my husband's family is just huge! We're planning it for 12pm - 3pm which is right between her naps. I'm thinking that we'll be eating lunch (pizza and mini cubans) around 12:30 and do cake around 1:30 before she starts to get grumpy. We aren't choosing a theme...just first birthday decorations and bright colors.

Meryem - posted on 04/02/2010

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My little boy turns 1 on 8th April but we r having his party on the 11th April. It wiil just be close friends and family...food, music, dancing (if people r up to it)..Hopefully if the weather holds out we want to have a BBQ. its a chance for adults to get together coz ure child is only little so he wont remember a thing..Have a good day to everyone having a party..

Emily - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son turns 1 on the 20th April, we are having close family & friends, maybe 20-30 people but some won't stay the full time, just long enough for a catch up and a mingle then my dad is doing the food with me as he's a chef, just sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, mini pastries and desserts and he is having a cup cake tower of 30 cupcakes instead of a cake as it will be mainly very young children. he loves Tigger and Winnie the Pooh so that will be his theme but not OTT!!a few balloons and banners.it will be the Sunday before, around 3.30 0r 4.00pm for an hour or as soon as the last person leaves. ill probably cry as well :( my baby isn't a baby any more!!

Carissa - posted on 04/01/2010

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We are doing the same... my son LOVES mickey mouse and we are having a mickey themed birthday with family and friends. I think 2 to 3 hours is good for a lil one year so they dont get too overwelmed! :) One more week!!!

Kalee - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son turns one on the 8th, and I've been planning for months! we are having a Dr.Seuss theme, BBQ with family and friends (i'm guessing around 40 or so) on the 11th. And a HUGE cake, i'm a cake decorator so it has to be big (i'm thinking 3 or 4 tiers.. with Dr. Seuss characters ) And his special little smash cake is going to be a 3D cats hat! I think parties should be big and fun, he only turns one once, right!?! He won't remember a thing, but I will, and pictures will always be there!

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Amy, born 8th April 09, is my 4th and each have had a 1st b'day party. It's more for the parents than the child, at this age, really. Save the big kids parties for when they're older. Only at one party did I have a couple of games for the older siblings of our babies. This time, we're gonna do pizza, snacks, cake etc

Louise - posted on 04/01/2010

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Small enough and make sure it's people they know as new faces can be overwhelming for them and you'll end up having them cling to you as they are scared.

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2010

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My girl is one on the 3rd, the day before Easter. We are having about 25 people over for a 1pm BBQ and cake. I am setting the older kids up to color Easter eggs. We will serve sliders, chicken penne, and salad on paper plates. Punch bowl and a couple bottles of wine for the big kids. I will put out some photo albums and take more pics while she gets to demolish her own 4" x 4" cake. After filling everyone with food and photo ops, I hope to put her to bed for a bit and enjoy some adult time.

Leigh-Ann - posted on 04/01/2010

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My little one is 1 on the 8th April and we are having 20 kids at a playcentre that she goes to , they take care of everything games and party bags so she is going to love it!!! Just do what you feel your little one will enjoy and which will not be stressful for you as you will want to enjoy it as well

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter turns one april 10th and we are having her party that day also.. she loves animals so we are having a farm party Guess what little Chick is turning one ? i have been gathering and collecting things for almost a year. she has a custom made overall s she will be wearing and . we are doing a pick up duck game what little kids dont like ducks so simple and fun and they get to keep the duck as a prize certain ones will be marked and those get that duck and a live easter chick to take home- parents will kill me-- then we are designing our own milk jugs with stickers ( milk jugs are the gerber graduate puff containers) and then tractor hay ride to the barn to see and pet the animals- having a minature pony with rides, bunnies, easter chicks, and a pot belly pig- im sure this will provide most of the entertainment and then hay ride back to gather the chickens eggs since its after easter i still wanted to incorporate the egg hunt cause she was born last year on good friday- so we are handing out egg cartons to gather the chickens eggs and each egg holds a prize cause not all chickens lay the same eggs. there will be 5 kids there her age 1 , and several 3-6 year olds and a couple older kids , grandparents and friends and family from church - we love partys each child gets gifts to take home, this year its a planter with seeds of their choice and dirt, their painted milk jug, eggs, and i did mini easter chicks filled with candy-im making her barn cake for her to smash and then using cupcakes with peeps on them and coconut for grass for the kids with an easter bunny cake and serving chicken trays from walmart with chicken feed ( ice cream cones with kix cereal, cheerios mixture) looks like what a child would feed a goat at the petting farms etc. then open presents and if she doesnt open her presents like my son did at one he opened three then he was done so we had everyone grab a present and help open and he watched and loved it.. hopefully she will open hers though -- Happy Birthday to your son

Crystal - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter turned 1 today and we are having her party on Saturday. We are having it at a local Kiddie Park in the afternoon where there will be plenty of things for the older kids to do. It doesn't destroy your house and everyone is outside. We rented a covered pavilion inside the park to actually have her party. I figured since she's only 1 all of the other kids will get bored easily. This way, you don't have anyone running in and out of your house or to use the bathroom and clean-up is a breeze.

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a first birthday in my family is a huge deal, has been for 4 generations. We have all our family all the ay down to 2nd and 3rd cousins, all our close friends too. We will have over 100 people. I set 2 hours as a limit. I have 2 games for the older kids to play, we will eat cake and ice cream and she will open presents and hand out thank you gifts. We are doing a Cupcake party. Thing to remember is that she is used to large crowds as we have a big family that gets together for all holidays, so she is sued to being around all these people a lot. My advise is do what you are comfortable with, what you have resources for (time and money). there is no right or wrong thing to do. I am having a hand print done of her hand and having everyone sign it, then we will continue that every year. Brithdays after this one is immediate family only and very close friends.

Kristin - posted on 04/01/2010

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Grissom turns 1 on Easter, so we are celebrating on the 10th. We're having a big party. We invited family and friends, most of whom have kids right around their age. We're doing a duck theme, since he loves rubber ducks. We've scheduled the party for the afternoon when he is awake the most... for abotu 1.5 hours. We're going to chase and play with balloons and bubbles til everyone arrives, then we're playing "toss the "bubble" into the bathtub... the basic idea is to get a big balloon into a big rubbermaid container. Then we're going to do a read aloud of 10 Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. Afterwards, cake and ice cream... people who want to stay to see presents opened can and people who need to take their little ones or want to take their little ones can go. For favors, I have a rubber duck and a jar of bubbles for everyone. We also had photos taken with some baby ducks for Easter and have printed those out with a thank you message to give out as people leave the party... this will save us a lot of time with thank you notes later! Hope you have a great bday celebration!

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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I am a mother of 4 kids...My youngest is turning 1 in april also...with all my kids I did a cupcake for them..yes it makes a huge mess..but they love it..try not to put to much Icing on theres..and it wont be to bad..take a garbage bag and place it under the highchair for the cake crumbs..as for toys..I have tried all kinds of different toys for my babies..the best once where always bath toys..and balls..at one your baby is still exporing..and loves to chase things...a ball is perfect! The loving chasing..I hope that helps...

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter turns 1 on April 14. We are Military and live in Japan, so we are going to be far away from family during this exciting time.
So far my plan is making her cake the night before (ladybugs hotpink/lime green) then the day of, we are going to have a picnic on the beach and take LOTS of pictures of her in her birthday tutu dress. Then back home for presents, ice cream and cake. I know a few other babies her age.... just not sure if I want to have people over for it or keep it just with us. I know I am going to be an emotional wreck. I cry everytime I think about that day.

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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For my sons first bday we went a little overboard I booked a hayride and he had over 60 people invited ......and not one of them was a stranger as I run a dance studio and we invited all the kids who spent hours playing with him over the first year of his life....I truly feel like I am short changing my daughter as I am having a small party with family and a few close friends for her our theme is baby princesses first bday. I was tempted to do tinkerbell but thought the baby princess stuff was too cute. I will be ordering a special cake for her as well.

Alicia - posted on 03/31/2010

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My youngest son will be 1 on April 28th & we are having his party the Sunday before. Our theme is balloons & cupcakes. We are having family & a few close friends and that's it. Make sure you designate someone (besides yourself) to take pictures/video because if you're doing it all you'll either forget to take enough pics or be so busy taking footage that you'll miss out on the fun! Plus if you're the one taking pictures, YOU won't be in any of them with your baby on his birthday!! Don't go overboard by buyng pricey matchy-matchy decorations - no one will care or notice - certainly not your baby!! Enjoy the day as a family...

Leigh - posted on 03/31/2010

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They only turn 1 once! And it won't be long before you no longer have much of a say in planning their parties. Have fun with it. At this age it's more for you than the baby. Just make sure you plan it around naptimes (sleepy babies don't always do well with excitment). But most of all just remember to enjoy yourself and know that nothing ever goes exactly how you plan.

Miza - posted on 03/31/2010

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Our little one will be one on Apr 21st and sometimes I find myself feeling blue about it :( I think I'll cry too! We're planning on having a BBQ party with family and relatives plus few close friends whom she knew. Not sure abt the theme yet though. Maybe baby animals party :) She's also our first so it is our first time hosting a kid's bday party!

Becky - posted on 03/31/2010

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We'll probably have the grandparents over and aunts/uncles and have a small gathering - nothing big. But we will definitely record the event on the camcorder. We're going to have the cake that was given to for my baby shower last year and I'll probably also give him his first taste of chocolate to commemorate the event. :)

Dana - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son will be one at the end of April. We are doing the 1st Birthday Hugs and Kisses theme. We are just doing a small family party.

When my daughter turned one , we had a HUGE family potluck/party at a park. The kids play and the adults ate and talked. We ate cake, ice cream, and opened presents. Every one had a good time.

Chelsea - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son turns a year on the 14th, but we are having his birthday party on the 10th. I just invited family and some friends of mine that have little kids. We are having it at a park and just cake and ice cream. Well maybe pizza ( mother in law has not yet decided).

Jessica - posted on 03/30/2010

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When they r so young don't over do it! they r never gonna know! My first child i had close friends and family and had a cook out! with my second turning a year on the 24th of april i plan on doing the same! it is simple and inexpensive!

Sabrina - posted on 03/30/2010

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How exciting!!!
My son is 1 on the 20th and planning has been going on for 3 months! He loves mickey mouse club house so thats the theme we're having. I invited kids he has play dates with or from his dayhome to come over for good old turkeydogs, finger foods, fruits and of course cake. I'm sure the moms will always remember a babies 1st birthday, but I know its going to be a fun day for him!
Hope you enjoy planning for that birthday party and a happy birthday to your littl girl!

Jessica - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi Amanda!



My lil' girl turns 1 on Sat. the 3rd and was wondering the same. I chose to invite close family and friends so she knows everyone and isn't overwhelmed and decided to do a pirates theme b/c she loves all things pirate (her papaw is a captain). Since it's family everyone is pitching in and bringing their famous cookout recipes. But I am making her first bday cake. I sent out invites about 3 weeks before. I found party items at orientaltrading.com which has an theme you can imagine for awesome prices. Happy Birthday to you little man! They sure do grow up fast and good luck to you!

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