1st birthday party plans

Lynne - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm new to the site. I was just wondering what plans anybody has for their little one's first birthday party. We'll be strapped for cash, but I still want it to be special.

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We rented a pavillion at a local park and plan to have BBQ with some friends and family. And to save money we printed our own invitations, which turned out better because we got to personalize them with Austin's pictures. And use your resources, if you have friends and family who are good at things such as making cakes, ask them to help. My family would actually be offended if I didn't ask.

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2009

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if you have a dollar store near by I know they usually have really cute decorations and plates and stuff I think that I will be doing that

Erin - posted on 07/13/2009

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We have a huge immediate family, so we are thinking hot dogs and chips. The bulk stores usually have pretty good deals on this stuff. We were also just going to do it in our backyard. I think as long as the important people are there to share the day it will be special.

Alli - posted on 07/12/2009

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I am doing a pool party, we are also strapped for cash my mother has a pool I am just going to do a few snacks and drinks so it shouldnt be too expensive! Hope this helps

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Kelly - posted on 05/22/2012

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I would suggest to invite the most special people in your child's life. Family, close friends, and caregivers. The reason for this is so your child is the focus instead of a big reunion for adults. Depending on the time, and place of the party, I would go with a light lunch, or a simple dinner. That way everyone is able to eat, and save room for the cake. Also it's something that can be done the day before the party.

For the cake, I would suggest checking out your local grocery stores, or bakery. Sometimes you can get a free cake for a first birthday. I also think that cupcakes are the big thing now. Decorating is endless. Also, your little one can have his/her cupcake to capture those precious moments of eating that First Birthday cake.

For decorations, I suggest lots of bright colors instead of the typical blue, and pink. Children of all ages love bright colors to capture their interest. I would use lanterns instead of balloons for a child's party. There is a risk of choking, and lanterns can be used again. Nice way to save for that next party. Decorating can become grand with adding a table skirt instead of just a table cover. Buying theme tableware can be expensive. I just use a primary solid color, using one color for large plates, and another for small dessert plates, complimented with coordinated plastic ware, and cups. Why spend lots of money on tableware when you have so much more to spend your money on? You can decorate the cake table with your child's favorite toys. I took Brats dolls one year, and decorated my daughter's table with them. You can scatter animal crackers, cheerios, or any child friendly food as confetti to add to your table, and kids will love that. I decorated my child's highchair, or any chair with a decorated pillow case as a chair cover. You can use your child's hand, and foot prints, marking the date for his/her special day. Also, it will be a keepsake for you, and your family.

As for games, and other activities, I suggest going with simple child's play. Things that you would do with your child when playing. You may also want to plan games for older children at your party, but I wouldn't let that be another stress er. Remember, this is your one year old who is the star of the party!

Just make your party simple, safe, and silly!
I hope that I have helped you with the planning of your child's party.

Samantha - posted on 05/17/2012

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First birthday party is always a special occasion to celebrate. A home party will be the best one. To minimize your expenses, send electronic invitations through email or chats to your colleagues, friends and even your neighbors. You can buy party supplies such as balloons, pinatas, party favors, party hats, etc. at discounted prices from many online stores such as http://www.mybirthdaysuplies.com. Have an afternoon party and arrange some snacks for your guests instead of a lunch or dinner.

Kayla - posted on 07/30/2009

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We're strapped for cash too, but I couldn't resist having a big blow out! But, my son has had 2 open heart surgeries and has one more to go so I thought that we could do without and give him the party he deserves! Should he had been a healthy baby I'd probably just have a small get together in the backyard with a few friends and family and have a pitch it! Have everyone bring a covered dish, and not go all out on the decorations! We have a jungle safari theme planned since we call him a little monkey =)

Taylor - posted on 07/29/2009

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Hello Emma! My theme is Winnie the Pooh! I grew up watching and loving him that I hope I can pass that down to my Amilia!! I'm really bad at planning parties so I decided to have BIG decorations to distract ppl! LOL! Maybe they will be so distracted that I wouldn't have to think of games!! (There will be some sort of games, though) I think when you really want to plan a really good 1st birthday, it's more stressful because you do not want to bore ppl! I think this will be the only birthday party for a while for her...;-)

Jessamyne - posted on 07/27/2009

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We are doing a afternoon tea. Coffee and tea, scones and I am going to try making the cake. It just really family and close friends coming. We are having it at home

Becky - posted on 07/26/2009

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We are having a pool party/bbq at my parents' house with 30 or more people. We are strapped for cash too, but I set aside money from my tax return to pay for supplies,decor,and her gifts. I wound up spending more then I thought on supplies,but that's because they were ordered online since the theme I chose(Butterfly 1st Birthday) was on only 1 website. I figure my daughter is only turning 1 once,and since she's my first born with a sibling already on the way, I wanted to go all out. Luckily, we won't have to spend money on food, just the cake. I sent out invites via facebook,and for those who don't have a page I simply called them. If you are money-challenged, I would recommend buying supplies at a discount store, like Dollar Tree or Building 19,which is where I would have gone if I didn't fall in love with the theme. I will be going there for the rest of the supplies I didn't get online. In the end, your child won't remember the day-all that matters is that your loved ones will be there to celebrate the child's 1st year,and you did your best effort to give them a godo party. Have a great party!

Carrie - posted on 07/24/2009

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We're having a small get-together at our home with close friends and family. I chose a theme of blocks, so I took a picture of my son with "My 1st Birthday" spelled out in blocks and made it into postcard through Walmart. I bought plates and napkins in colors found on the blocks I have (blue, lime green, yellow) and plan on making funfetti cupcakes instead of a cake. I bought bright colored sprinkles and I'm going to use letter and number stencils to decorate the cupcakes. I'll also spell out and display my son's name in blocks at his party or maybe "Jayce is 1." For food, we're just going to serve pork BBQ sandwiches and coleslaw, and then have games like horseshoes and washers outside for the adults. When all is said and done, I think his party will cost around $70! Not too bad...

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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Our daughter LOVES Pablo from the Backyardigans so we're having a Backyardigan style backyard BBQ with a bouncy house for kids and adults, Pablo Pinata and pin the bow on Pablo game. I can't believe our once newborns are almost toddlers!!! How time flies!

Kristin - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have twins...a boy and a girl..so i am having it at the beach. I figure I can bring their high chairs and let them have at their birthday cake, then go and hose them off. It's just a simple luau party. Easy enough!

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2009

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I'm not doing anything big, or thought i wasn't, but the guest list is up to 30., Is that big? Just seems like 1 is a great party, regardless of how much you spend! Just take lots of photos and make sure everyone is having fun. Dollar store and the $5/off coup on partycity's website were a huge help for everything! I found invites on clearance at Walmart awhile ago and picked them up. ... Hope it goes well!

Alison - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi, I'm new too to this site. Hubby and I attend renaissance festivals and get dressed up in costumes, so we're having a birthday celebration on August 22nd for her with our friends thee and then a fun McDonalds trip for her sister and brother on the 25th which is her actual birthday. :)

Lacie - posted on 07/21/2009

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My little one LOVES Elmo. We have decided to invite kids from church in her Sunday school class. We are decorating with all of the Sesame Street stuff that she has already around here. We will be ordering Pizza because it is Elmo's favorite food. I am not AS strapped for cash, but don't anticipate spending too much. I want to do it up big though because I never got parties when I was a kid. She turns one the day before my birthday, so I am kind of depending on her celebration as mine as well!

Kylee - posted on 07/21/2009

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Probably just a small barbie with the family. Or Maybe a day out at the reptile park.

Laura - posted on 07/21/2009

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looks like everyone is doing the hot dogs in the backyard thing! as are we! the theme for my daughters birthday party is baby einstein, since she loves it so much! i have a kiddie pool for the little ones, and a slip and slide for the older kids. we also have this time out ball that is like hot potato, it splashes whoever it times out on, and we plan to fill a balloon with chocolate pudding for the first one, just as a funny haha. the kids will love it!

Gina - posted on 07/21/2009

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i am ave the same as lori a small bbq with few family members got a bouncy castle for the kids 1 play on soooooooo hope fully will all b gud

Lori - posted on 07/21/2009

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We are having a backyard BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs for family and close friends. No real theme just color. Balloons and streamers and of course we will have 2 cakes since its our twins turning 1.

Jasmine - posted on 07/21/2009

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My boy, turning 1 and my daughter, turning 4, were born a day apart and so we are having a joint party so I am really unsure of how to make their special day special for both of them and don't know whether I should be including daycare kids or just my friend's kids and our family. I get embarrassed making a big deal over it and having my friends feel like they have got to come and bring a present when some of them don't have parties for their kids.

Emma - posted on 07/20/2009

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its just gonna be a small get together with a few friends! oh and nana is coming over from the states so. i wanted to have it all nicely planned out but i get back on kallies birthday from the field so it will be alot of last minute stuff. blah! just a basic birthday party for her. lol maybe i could do a camo theme just because of that. lol YOU ARE INVITED TO KALLIES 1ST BASIC BIRTHDAY PARTY! i want to ask for books instead of cards but i am afraid that is asking too much.

Tanya - posted on 07/20/2009

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Not sure yet - I know it's only 3 weeks away. I'm just on the fence with planning a BIG thing or a smaller get together :) probaly serve pizza or hotdogs and I'll make the cake (I always make the cake) have a few games depending on the age of kids and how many adults we invite. Not sure if we should do it here or at a park (the park by my house is always full of b-day parties on the weekends)



I guess I better get planning :)

Lindsey - posted on 07/20/2009

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We are having friends/family over. I rented a big bounce house from work for the older kids. I'm getting a kiddy pool for the babies. And just some other yard games to play.

I bought frozen pre-made sloppy joes and then I'm making my "famous" shredded chicken sandwiches in the crock-pot the day before.

We're having a puppy theme party so I have some cute party favors and snacks in dog dishes! I'm ordering a small "puppy paw" cake for my son and a sheet cake for everyone else.

Its going to be fun, I hope. Just a cook-out with everyone! Hope the weather is nice!

Virginia - posted on 07/18/2009

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We've only had Lily since she was 5 months old, but we're having a birthday party at a local park and all of her biological family as well as our family and friends will be there! Should be fun! Face painting for the older kids. Games and food for everyone. Not a huge party, but should be fun for everyone.

Winnie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Well...I went back and forth on what to do because it is such a big deal. However, I didn't want to spend a bunch of money. I sent out an Evite and personalized it with a picture of my daughter and made it from her. It turned out pretty good and I know I didn't spend money on something people will toss. I hate that! I take great care in picking things like and I cannot expect people to keep it forever, but I keep any invitation sent, especially if there is time spent or for sure a picture. So the people that come will be getting a cute Thank You card of her at the party. There is a pool and I bought $7.99 slip-n-slide, water balloons and a crazy sprinkler. I will do gifts bags for the other kids there and food and cake of course. I am not doing much of a theme. More of colors...pink, lavendar, yellow and light green. Summery with some butterflies. Simple and cheap!!

Anna - posted on 07/15/2009

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Diana's first Birthday party will be at the park; we have family and several friends coming over. Thinking about pizza, drinks and of course cake! We already got all the party supplies (very cute) and sent out the invitations. We will also be taking professional 1st B-day pics about a week before Her B-day - I am so excited :)

Pauline - posted on 07/15/2009

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We're having a family cookout...hot dogs, hamburgers, and such. My husband and I both have HUGE families and everybody wants to celebrate Peyton's first birthday. Should be fun because this will also be the first time most of them see our new house...so it's kinda like a housewarming too!

Misty - posted on 07/15/2009

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we are doing the hot dog and chips too. We bought a little kiddie pool for the kids to stay cool and 1dollars water guns. everything in the back yard!

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