1st Birthday Party

Laura - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am planning my son's 1st birthday party. The guest list is adding up already with just family. Should close friends be invited too, and have one big bash? The other thought is to have a separate party for kids and friends. However, that just doubles the work. We are planning a nautical theme, and want it to really be all about our son. So a lot of people can get hectic. Though, at the same time, planning too parties is tough too. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. By the way, our friends invited us to their babies 1st birthday.

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Gilma - posted on 08/09/2010

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I'm Planning my sons first also and I'm Just keeping it simple just family ....its his first he is not going to remember much of it so I'm going small and big for his 5th ....just my opinion .

Ces - posted on 08/14/2010

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my baby is just 6 mos old but we are talking about her first birthday...we might just invite our family like my husbands mom and dad, grandmother, sister in law's family and my family is far but if they live closer to me they are invited too...thats it and so when she grows up she knows that she is well love by the family if you invite friends close or not..it will be more of your party than her's specially she is not aware yet whats really going on.

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Dawn - posted on 10/28/2010

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i celebrated my son's birthday 9/30 and had all family and just a couple of life long friends and let me tell you, it was hectic but one mess is good enough for me :)

Christy - posted on 09/08/2010

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Don't break your back or your wallet... keep it simple... I had a huge 1st party for my daughter & she has no recollection.

Katrina - posted on 09/07/2010

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my sons 8 months and im planning his 1st birthday party i was just thinking some family and friends just a small party cause he still young and they wont remember much anyway...when hes older than we will have a bigge party with all family and his friends

Anna - posted on 09/03/2010

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I had friends and family at my first sons birthday he is now 10 soon 11 we had a great time everyone did it good to celebrate and why not ! a few more sandwiches and drink why not, you enjoy and your son x have fun

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we did this for our daughters 1st birthday and are going to do it for our sons 1st birthday which is just invite the grandparents and the childs auntys, uncles and cousins, and a couple of the childs friends from play group. that way you dont end up with too many people, you still have the most important family there aswell as the other kids your one has been interacting with, (and their parents will think highly of you for inviting them and may ask you to come along to their outings etc) and maybe you could send a card to the extended family letting them know you want to keep the day small and thank them for any birthday wishes
you can always have a bigger party with everyone there when your child is older

Subhasree - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son is 10 months old and we are planning his birthday party...we live far away from our families so we are going to my mom's place and celebrate his birthday by inviting the whole family like my husbands family, my mom's family and my cousins family... that way when my son grows up and sees the video he'll know that he was surrounded with love...more so this is my way of introducing him to my side of the family...i would also keep it simple (ie no theme party) coz as it is he gets uncomfortable amongst unknown people and i really dont want to get him all cranky with over stimulation!!! However his 3rd birthday will be big coz by then he'll make some friends from play school and hopefully enjoy more!

Christine - posted on 08/17/2010

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I agree that the birthday party is more for the parents at that age. We figured we'd go all out for the first birthdays, then let the kids have their own parties once they are school-aged/have their own friends only. One big party is a nice way to go. Two is too much hassle, plus it seems that if a child is going to do poorly with a crowd, it won't matter if it's 10 people or 50, it will still be overwhelming. You can also corral all of the kids into a play area with activities to keep them occupied, which will cut down on some of the chaos around the baby. Enjoy it! It'll be over before you know it!

Julie - posted on 08/13/2010

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A 1st birthday party is more for the parents than the child. I say this because chances are the child won't remember it and at that age, they are more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes the gifts come in. Some one year olds get scared with all the people staring at them while they dig into their cake and they are cranky from the over-stimulation from the day. So after saying all that, I would suggest one big party. Invite whomever you would like to share in the celebration of your precious child's 1st year and whomever you know would like to be a part of it.

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