I need help and suggestions on 1st Birthday!!

Damaris - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to get an early start planning for my son's 1st Birthday party . He is the 1st grandchild on his father's side, the 1st great-grand in like 12yrs on both his grandparents side from his father side, my 1st child, and my mother's 2nd grandchild. My son is also the 1st mixed baby in his father's family, and the 1st to carry the lastname. So if you can't tell he's something like a little king on his father's side. He's obviously getting spoiled from that side since he represents soo much to them lol. Now normally on my mother's side my cousins would just plan a birthday party and just invite family members who has a young child so that the great-aunts and everyone else aren't just there bored with no children. My in-laws have already expressed to me that they're NOT trying to hear that and that they ALL plan on coming to his birthday party no matter where it's being held.

I wanted to throw his party at a kid (baby) friendly place like Gymboree or something but I also need to have an adult friendly place for the in-laws.



Should I look into a hall, park, what kind of places should I look into? I need help on this for real. Also do anyone know what website I could go to look into party themes? Thanks in advance

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Jameela - posted on 01/22/2010

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I just started planning my sons birthday party. I'm having it at a local park close to the beach,I chose a local park because I'm a young parent and most of my friends don't have kids and it's a good place for all my husbands friends to play football. I just ordered all of my son's birthday decorations from birthdayexpress.com, they had plenty of party themes to choose from. The prices were pretty reasonable, it was a lot cheaper than Party City and sometimes you can find coupon codes for their site if you google it. Goodluck with everything and I hope your party goes great!

Trasena - posted on 01/22/2010

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Wow.... I started thinking about my son's party LAST MONTH!!!!! LOL I was also thinking Micky Mouse Club House... My little Jayden's birthday is on the 5th of april.... so a egg hunt would be fun... I just dont really want a whole lot of older kids running around... Many of my cousins have had parties for their little ones and it turns into a party for the older kids rather then the babies with a whole bunch of stuff that the babies just cant do by themselves.... I was thinking of going to Gymboree Play and Music... My son love music sooooooo they will play music and best of all I can relax and enjoy his big day!!!! Good luck in planning!!!

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2010

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keep it small he will remember nothing about it and save the money for a party that he can actually enjoy. as far as family goes they shouldn't need you to spend tons of money on somthing that your baby could careless about. to much and your baby will most likely be grumpy and shy. good luck

Tessa - posted on 01/20/2010

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I'm so glad that I'm not the only person that is already thinking about the 1st birthday party for our April baby! I have been looking for the perfect cake for about a month now. (=
I think we are going to try to keep her first birthday pretty low key. There will be plenty more birthdays to explore exciting new places-zoos, restaurants with games, etc..., but she isn't really able to do any of that yet. We will probably go to a park and grill out. We live in Texas so the weather will be beautiful in April. The kids can play on the playground while the adults visit in the picnic area. My daughter still gets overwhelmed when there are a lot of people new people and noises around her, so I have hopes that the park won't be as loud and crazy as a place like Chuck e Cheese. Also, it will be easy to take a little walk around the park if she needs some quiet time.
Have fun planning the birthday! It's such an exciting time!

Damaris - posted on 01/19/2010

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Thanks ladies. I think I may rent out the hall where my baby shower was held. Next to the parking lot they have a nice playground the kids can go and play in, but if it's too cold or rainy the hall is a nice enough size for everything to be indoors. Now I need to start looking into decorations and things of that nature. I'm still uncertain on his theme, I would like to do it Mickey Mouse Club House but it seems like he's starting to lose interest already. I'm not sure though.

Laurie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have been thinking about my son's 1 st birthday party also.
My son turns 1 on the 4th and my brother turns 40 on the 6th. I am thinking about combing the birthday parties. There will be a mix of adults and children.
I am going to rent a hall. I will plan a lot of games and do an egg hunt since his birthday falls on Easter Sunday.
I think the adults will have fun watching the kids.
I still have to come up with a theme and a few adult games that are kid friendly. Let me know if you have any good ideals.

Bobbie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I'm doing an "Under the Sea" party because it's not too "kiddy" and the 1st birthday is usually more about the adults than the child anyway. Also, there are so many possibilities for an ocean party that it's ridiculous. You can go all out and buy all kinds of decorations from party supply stores or you can go much cheaper by just using balloons and blue and green streamers as water or algae. The theme is also very gender friendly if you stick to things like fish and turtles. It also can cover a wide age range. We are lucky to have a lodge available for free because my husband is a member so we're going to decorate and have the party there. But, I've done many google searches for under the sea birthday parties, and some people suggest having them at aquariums. That would be a great idea, but more expensive. Good luck!

Damaris - posted on 01/11/2010

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OMG I was thinking of Mickey Mouse Club House too!!! He puts a HUGE smile on his face and starts jumping the moment Mickey pops up on the screen.



Thanks for the suggestion. I will check with the hotels close by

Connie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Many hotels throw pool side kiddie parties complete with a magician, cake, and the kiddie food. Best of all, you don't have to worry about cooking and clean up. That way the older adults can hang out inside the hotel, and the younger crowd can be pool side.



We are flying to Guam to see family for my son's 1st birthday, so our party is gonna be at the beach. We already put some pavillions on reserve.



As far as party themes, I'm getting all my stuff at PartyCity.com. My son's theme is gonna be the Mickey Mouse Club House!

Damaris - posted on 01/10/2010

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Thanks Crystal. I was thinking of a park too but since he was born in the beginning of April it may be still too chilly or wet so I'm not even sure if I should still consider a park. I'm excited for his 1st birthday but now I have to plan 2 parties for him, figure out if I want the same theme or not for both, and locations for BOTH parties. SIGH!! The only reason he's having 2 parties is because I will be taking him on his 1st plane trip to FINALLY meet his Abuelo (grandfather). My dad is dieing to meet his 1st grandson but because of work he can't come to Jersey from Puerto Rico. So now my father is even more excited that we will be there the week of my son's 1st birthday and has already told the family and some friends. That party will be something smaller and more simple compared to the party he'll have the day after his birthday here at home. Now my location options for his party in Puerto Rico are: at the home, a hall, a park, or the beach. I love the beach but I don't know how well that would be for a baby's birthday party, so eventhough I love that idea I think I may have to skip on that option :-( Now when I was a baby I used to live in PR so my 1st birthday party was held at the house, so it would be nice for my son to have his 1st party at the same location I had mine. Mainly for sentimental reasons of course, I think it'll be special to be able to share that with him. A park would be great there for the other kids and adults. I'm not sure if I want to rent a hall out there, ESPECIALLY if I end up renting one out here. (gotta save some money you know lol)

Sigh.. I never thought this would be soo hard but it is, mainly because I have to think of others besides myself, my hubby, and our son.

Crystal - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have been trying to think of the same thing. I was thinking of doing in a park so that it was a little cheaper, and there would be things for the kids to do. What kid dosen't like a park? lol I've seen parties at chucky-cheese,they are lots of fun. There is plenty for the older kids to do. My little Alexis (9 months on the 23rd) dosen't really do good with lots of loud noise. She can only handle it for a little while. Big party places like that can get very loud with lots of kids playing the games. So I figured somthing more open would be better. Maybe a couple of games that I haven't decided on yet. I also have a lot of family that will be coming so I have to think big. Good luck with your party. Let me know if you get any great ideas hehe.

Damaris - posted on 01/08/2010

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I've never heard of an Amazing Jakes but I will most def look into it. Thanks Elizabeth..


Nicole I've never would have thought of a petting zoo or a zoo period. Thanks for the idea, I will talk to my hubby to see what he thinks. My son LOVES our dog and goes crazy over her and vice-versa lol. Sometimes I have to ban the dog from the room because my son would get soo excited he'll stop eating, push away his bottle, and fight his sleep just to play with the dog lol. He tries soo hard to be by her side but she's a Rocky so she's not really a small dog even though her name is Tiny.

Thanks guys seriously :-D

Damaris - posted on 01/08/2010

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Aww Jillian I'm sorry to hear that. My brother is in the Marine and is stationed in Hawaii so my niece really doesn't have any actually family members there to play or celebrate with her. Majority of my mom's family live here in Jersey, my father's family lives mainly in Puerto Rico, then my brother's in-laws all live in Cali. So in a sense my brother and niece are on that same boat as you. I'm sure you kids are still loved and spoiled lol :-D

Nicole - posted on 01/08/2010

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We have a 4 year old son who will be 5 in May, so we're doing a joint birthday. Both of our boys LOVE animals. We have decided to do a traveling petting zoo. This is friendly for all ages and will get parents and in-laws involved too! Just an idea if your child adores animals and hands on as much as ours :)

Elizabeth - posted on 01/08/2010

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maybe a place like chuckie cheese or even amazing jakes would even work places like those would be great!

Jillian - posted on 01/08/2010

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im not much help in this department. my friends usually just booked a banquet room at a hotel and the kids didnt mind because there was so many presents and games and other kids to play with. i really kind of wish we had this problem, we are a military family and if we have an actual birthday party (with people other than just us) it will maybe be like 3 or 4 people that would come! good luck and i hope you figure something out!

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