BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!

Dawn - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Since we all have little ones coming up on their first birthday parties I thought It would be fun to exchange ideas and stories of how our first parties went!! We are going to have a "cupcake" theme party with cupcakes for guests to decorate and eat or take home. Not sure if we will have other activities but always looking for fun new ideas!! Good luck with party planning and god bless!

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Jen - posted on 12/22/2008

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we did cake in the high chair with a table cloth underneath. The table cloth really helped keep the carpet clean.

Barbara - posted on 12/22/2008

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Alyssa loves Winnie the Pooh, so we're going with that. Our local party store is going out of business so we actually got everything we needed ($100+) for $13!! Talk about the deal of the century! Still working on the cake, but we are having pizza and cake and ice cream. We live in a small place, so had to reserve the clubhouse. We also have huge families, and being so close to Christmas, most will be in town! We asked people on the invite to bring books to build her library, because she reads so much! She'll look at those all day! Only doing favors for the bigger kids (have a few 1-5 month kids coming). We are debating doing her cake in a infant pool or high chair b/c of space. Overall, relatively simple. Now I'm thinking I might have to do some activities for the bigger kids!?? Ahh!!

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2008

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We had Trace's birthday party on December 6th. We were so excited! Had his Elmo Live and a few decorations and of course his Elmo outfit! Well, we really found out that he doesn't like crowds. He was miserable and so reserved. Daddy opened his presents and he just crawled to stay away from everyone! He received some very nice gifts and has enjoyed them since, but we now know that unless he outgrows this, we will be have even simpler bday parties!!

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2008

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Lily's birthday is the 21st and apparently I'm not the only mom on here with a dog fan. She walks around all day saying "dog dog dog" and is constantly hugging our dog and looking at pictures of dogs, so I made the invites with dogs on them and they are purple and pink. The cake will have purple frosting with a pink dog on it. We're having our families, a few close friends, and all her friends from our play group. I didn't really plan any activities because there will be tons of food and the kids will all just run around and play anyway, and we have other things for grown-ups to do downstairs, but I did tell people to bring a letter or something to put in a time capsule for her to open on her 18th birthday!

Dawn - posted on 12/16/2008

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Great ideas from everyone!! Our Cupcake party went well and the older kids enjoyed decorating cupcakes and eating them and we had baloons on the floor for little ones to play with and they enjoyed it also. so all went well! hope your parties go well also and have a blessed holiday season

Jen - posted on 12/15/2008

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We had Savannah's party yesterday even though she turned 1 on the first. It started off being a zoo theme because I wanted to keep it generic, but then I couldn't get a zoo cake made at publix so we went with a sesame street cake, 1st birthday girly decorations (butterflies and flowers) and then no balloons on chairs because we didn't have time for other decorations. We only had 3 kids, but they got to play together and enjoy themselves. The parents and adults got to hang out and watch the kids. We played one game where I had them guess how old Savannah was in each of her monthly pictures. Surprisingly neither grandma won. Savannah's godmother won only getting 2 wrong. Anyway having a theme doesn't matter. As long as the kids and adults have a great time that's all that counts. Everyone enjoyed Savannah attacking her cake.

Lisa - posted on 12/14/2008

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We've just booked Santa for J.T's first birthday party. He will be stopping by during the party to surprise all the kids with gifts. We've now decided to hire a Santa every year as long as he believes. Since his birthday is the 23ed I thought it would be special for him growing up knowing that he's so special Santa takes some time out of his very busy schedual just to stop by for his birthday. Even though he won't be having parties every year, Santa can still come by just to see J.T.

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Happy First Birthday to all our Little Ones!!! We are having a Yo Gabba Gabba theme for Thorin-Alexander's birthday. We have big families and will be renting a hall part of a favorite restaurant of ours expecting about 65 people! The plan for the kids is to play games associated with Yo Gabba Gabba (found a great website for it!) and make it a pseudo "Dance party" with themed music and maybe a live band (my brother's band) to get the kids into it. The decorations from the website are so simple and fun to do, we've got some out of the way because his party is the Friday after Christmas (actual DOB 12/22) so I didn't want to feel overwhelmed with Christmas and a party to plan. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and great birthdays!

Lisa - posted on 12/05/2008

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I am so lost on what to do about my son's birthday. We wont be celebrating it until his daddy gets home from Iraq which will be in late January. Our condo is a bit to small to have a birthday gathering so I'm thinking maybe Wazoo's. If not then just a small little birthday with him and his daddy. I was thinking a theme party based on his favorite book or books. So far I haven't come up with any good ideas. For his actual birthday I might just do a small cake and a play date.

Athena - posted on 12/04/2008

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We're doing a rubber duckie themed party. I'm going to bake a sheet cake, use green frosting for the "grass" and blue frosting for a "lake" and put some duckies on the cake. DD has her old inflatable baby bathtub, that we'll blow-up and have some balloons in there for her to play with. We'll probably be inviting around 20 people to the party, mostly family. She loves her duckies, so I think the theme is very appropriate.

Dena - posted on 12/03/2008

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When my daughter was born she looked like a Sumo wrestler, so someone dubbed her Ava-son. I know its very politically incorrect but we are having an Asian themed birthday for her with everything red. It will save us money since I have many red things left over from my 3yr old's spider man party in October. We are having Chinese food catered for about 20 - 25 people. Its all family and very close family friends. Children will range in age from 1 - almost 13years. Since the children are also either nieces, nephews and godchildren, party favors are usually tailored specifically for them. I hate wasting money on those cheap plastic toys. I'll usually get a book or a little box of crayons and coloring book. For the older girls I'll get a little lip gloss and nail polish set. In all it only ends up being for 6 kids. It's very casual so it ends up more like a play date with candles and some presents.

Erika - posted on 12/03/2008

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We're doing a flower theme for our daughter. I am making some flower pot craft/picture holder for pics of her throughout her first year. We're just having family so we're going to have a nice lunch, cake, ice cream. Nothing big or fancy. Been there, done that. Wore everyone out. Never again.

Emily - posted on 12/02/2008

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We are keeping it small, it will be just the three of us. All of our family is aobut 17 hours away, and most of our friends couldn't make it. It will still be lots of fun though!

MELISSA - posted on 12/02/2008

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We are doing a "The Dog" (the ones with the big noses and eyes) theme party on Kohl's birthday, the 20th, which falls on a Saturday this year. Kohl loves dogs. I thought we would top off the dog theme with our menu---hot dogs and sausage dogs. We are doing it at our home! The party favors will be in "doggy" bags! I am hoping to pull it off! Happy birthday to all the December 2007 babies!

Amanda - posted on 12/02/2008

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Well, since my husband and I both come from large families and we have alot of close friends, the number of guests has unfortunately climbed to around 60+ people. That being said, we are NOT having the party at our house! We are having the party at our church fellowship hall and are planning a Mickey Mouse themed party because Eli loves to watch the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tv show. We are going very light on the decorations due to the amount of food and cake we have to buy to feed 60 people!!! I know it will be a zoo, but I also know that everyone who comes to celebrate Eli's birthday really and truely wants to be there, so we just can't cut the list down any.

Lisa - posted on 12/02/2008

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My son J.T just loves Elmo, so this year we're having an Elmo themed party. All the children who will be attanding are all in the same age range as J.T, the oldest is 6 months older and the youngest is 4 months younger, so as far as games, I think they're all alittle young. I think they'll have just as much fun playing with eachother as there will be 6 baby's there. For party favours we were lucky enough to find some elmo themed toys age appropriate at the local party store. I also think it'll be just as great for the parents getting together to have adult conversation, I know I'm looking forward to it. lol

Sandy - posted on 12/02/2008

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PARTY FAVORS?! So, what do you put in these party favor bag things? We sorta have a theme, but it's not like Mandy will actually notice. We're inviting family and friends with children of various ages... maybe infant to 10 years old? I'm at a loss.



CAKE ISSUES! Can you put chocolate whipped or butter cream icing on it? I'm not so much about the carrot cake thing. Since I'm the one who will likely end up with the leftovers, yeah... Do you do just vanilla ice cream also? Should I get a drop cloth for the entire apartment? I envy those of you who have done this before.



Note: I now understand why rich people hire party planners. This is kinda stressful.

Sherry - posted on 11/21/2008

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Well since James will be one on the 8th of Dec. we are having his party on the 6th at our church since our house isn't big enough. We are just doing cake and ice cream with close family and friends and couple of playmates for him!! We are going to decorate a shoebox so everyone who comes can write a lil note for James to read when he gets older. We will also have simple streamers n balloons to decorate. One small cake I will hand make and the other bigger cake for everyone else store bought. Thats all I know right now! Its nearing fast for all our lil ones 1st birthday parties!!

Jessica - posted on 11/21/2008

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We are doing a monkey theme since our little guy LOVES bananas. My question is how to let people know they don't need to buy him toys (he has SO many that we never even bought, just hand-me-downs) but we'd prefer books. Any thoughts?

Kami - posted on 11/21/2008

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We are having a Tinkerbell themed party for her. We live in So Cal so we are able to still have outdoor parties in December, so we are having it at a local park, where the kids can all play around on the swings/jungle gym there, and there is covered picnic tables right there too for the rest of us. I just plan on doing some green and purple balloons and streamers. I bought the plates, cups and napkins all in Tinkerbell, and I am order a cake with Tinkerbell, along with a smash cake for her. Since we don't have any family near by, it is just going to be a few of my husbands coworkers and some of my mommy group members. I expect about 30-35 people there between adults and children

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Since it is Jack's first birthday and our house isn't big enough, we are having 2 parties. One party for family and our friends at a local restaurant. The other will be for Jack's friends here. No real theme, just tons of decorations indicating he will be one. It will be a build your own pizza night for the kid party. As for the cake...a photo on it for the family and Nemo or Thomas the train shaped for the kids. If we have the time, we will do a craft with the kids, most likely a holidy themed craft so that they can hang it for the season.

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2008

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We're having a Pink Poodle in Paris Themed Party. In one week, so much to do!

Anna - posted on 11/20/2008

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My family and my husband's family are both ENORMOUS!! Lyla is the first grandchild on all sides, and the families are very close. So...she will have a family party the Saturday before her birthday and then another one on Sunday. If everyone comes who is invited that will be 30 people one day and another 30 the next. This is still not counting other family that we just can't invite. I know it's alot but we want everyone involved. For her actual birthday 12/17 Dad and I have taken off of work to spend the day as a family of 3 and then will have cake with one grandma and one great-grandpa that night. I figure when she is older, we will have the theme parties with other children!

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2008

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Trace will be 1 on the 11th of dec. On December 6th, we are having a family only party here at the house in the theme of Elmo. He loves Elmo and is getting Elmo Live from me and daddy. We are going to have Elmo cupcakes and cake and his own personal cake. Doing a few decorations, but not too much! Dont really see the need! Our biggest decoration will be his elmo!!

Tara - posted on 11/18/2008

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Ethan's Birthday Dec,19 his 1st birthday we are renting a place will have around 30 people/kids there will have cupcakes that look like mickey mouse and Ethan will have his own personal cake with his candle and then well have mickey mouse club house decorations and party favors for kids and games if i can find any for that little .. and some toys for kids to play with inside since its cold weather season to keep them occupied and have appitizers for adults and kids..

Stephanie - posted on 11/14/2008

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I'm thinking a Thomas the Train party. He absolutely LOVES Thomas. So I'll get a little cake with a Thomas train on it for the family the day before his birthday.

Lisa - posted on 11/14/2008

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I will prob keep it small and prob just have my family here. We might later do one w/ my husband's family but I don't care for too many people here at one time! Right now I'm kinda planning on doing a "farm" cake or else something w/ animals on it. Thought bout getting a kit w/ the tractor and stuff to put on top of the cake and just bake and decorate the cake myself.

Joanna - posted on 11/13/2008

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My daughter was born on Christmas, all the family will be gathered that day, so we'll just have birthday cake and presents sometime in the afternoon, I'm planning to make a no sugar added carrot cake. I will buy some decorative cake plates and I'd like to get some balloons.

Samantha - posted on 11/12/2008

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well im havig a few decorations around not sure about games most likely let the kids play with emma and her toys since she does not understand most games except for patt-a-cake. i am inviting a few of her friends from the day care with their moms of course and having my family who lives here be here of course, other thenn that im keeping it smal no one she does not know very well will be here, cept for her friends mom's. and the one big thing im going to do is have a specialty cake made, no nuts half chocolate half white, im going to ask they moms to notify me of their's/ or their childrens alergies so i can inform the bakery and make sure all the snacks i have around are safe for them all. im getting a Winnie the Pooh bear cakemade just for her party, that or mickey mouse because she loves both, which every she shows most interest in when the day gets closer i will make the cake of.

Pam - posted on 11/12/2008

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Natalee loves Moose A Moose from Noggin, so we are having a theme party based on that. She is our 3rd child and after having parties for our older 2 I have learned to keep them small. It seems to be to much for them at that age.

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