baby's first birthday party ideas

Kelly - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My little girl is turning 1 on Dec. 20. I know I have a little time to prepare for this, but I need ideas on things to do for her party. I know she'll never remember it, but we'll have kids of all ages there and I don't want the older kids to get bored. The theme we've picked out is Ladybugs, and I've found a bunch of decorations at orientaltrading.com but what to do for older kids? any ideas? I've never thrown a birthday party for a baby before.:)

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Kelly - posted on 10/14/2009

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we've decided to have the party on the 12th. it's 8 days before her birthday, it's just the easiest way with her birthday being 5 days before christmas and everyone going to spend time with family. We'll have some familly time on her birthday, but I still don't know what to do. It seem we'll have mostly girls, little girls, except 1 boy about 5 years old. I don't want him to feel left out that he's doing a bunch of "girly" things. But I'm thinking of doing the "pin the wing on the ladybug", and maybe "ladybug bingo" I'm also going to make a cupcake cake and a little cake for her, a single cake for her to dig into. Any more ideas?

Olivia - posted on 10/14/2009

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My daughters first birthday is on Dec 8th. Were having her party 2 days before on the 6th. I know she won't remember it but we are doing a Tinkerbell theme. We are ordering pizza and wings and soda for the bigger kids and adults, and got juice, crackers, fruit for the littlier kids that are gonna be there. Make it friendly of all ages. Just contemplating whether or not to have it at my brothers house (with all his animals!) or rent a hall..

Louise - posted on 10/14/2009

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Scary stuff about the ball pits. Makes you shiver. My little one will be 1 on Dec 15th and we are doing a party two days before but its mainly for older children, I don't have many friends with children her age. We have hired a hall and are having a bouncy castle and afew games. On the day of her birthday her dad and I are taking her to do something special and then having a birthday tea with the family.

Laura - posted on 10/13/2009

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For my son I had an area off to itself with a cd player and some kids cds, balloons and some games they could play. A friend had a table set up with coloring pages and crayons. Now the kids are kind of split... we have the 6 and under crowd and then a few teens. I figure for Gracie's birthday I'll have a craft of some kind going for the younger kids - we have a game area at our house the teens can hang-out in and watch tv, play pool, or play a board game. What about a scavenger hunt for the older kids? Now I've got my own wheels turning... hmmmm. I love the carnival idea! Sounds like a lot of work, though!

Bron - posted on 10/12/2009

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my little girl will be 1 on Dec 20 to we are just going out to the beach for hers.maybe try seeing what some of the other kids like and putting them into one

Nicole - posted on 10/12/2009

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I'm doing a carnival theme for my son's "almost" first birthday! I live in Virginia and will be visiting family in Florida a few weeks before his birthday so that's why it's "almost"! Anyway, I'm going to do carnival games, like ring toss, fishing games, knocking down bottles, ect. I'll give out tickets the kids can collect and cash in for prizes, like at Chuck E. Cheese. That way all the kids will win a prize, and can play the games over and over to win more tickets. And the thing with carnival style games is everyone can play, so the big kids won't be bored and the little kids won't be left out.

Sarah - posted on 10/12/2009

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my daughter will be 1 on the 12th of december i too would like advice, im going to have a party at our house will only be about 5/6 children but would like to throw a little party for her friends the saturday and have family round the sunday, any idea's wuld be appreciated. x

Kelly - posted on 10/12/2009

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be careful with those ball pits, I'm posting a couple stories about them below.DONT IGNORE THIS BECAUSE ITS A LONG ARTICLE PLEASE!! PLEASE



READ!!



McDonalds, Chuck E Cheese, Discovery Zone... All places with ball pits in the children's play area. One of my sons lost his watch, and was very upset. We dug and dug in those balls, trying to find his watch. Instead, we found vomit, food, feces, and other stuff I do not want to discuss. I went to the manager and raised hell. Come to find out, the ball pit is only cleaned out once a month. I have doubts that it is even done that often. My kids will never play in another ball pit. Some of you might not be parents, but you may have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or friends with children. This will pertain to you too. As I read the following, my heart sank. I urge each and every one of you to pass this on to as many people as you can. I cannot stress how important this is!



Hi. My name is Lauren Archer, my son Kevin and I lived in Midland,TN.



On October 2nd, 1999 I took my only son to McDonald's for his 3rd birthday. After he finished lunch, I allowed him to play in the ball pit. When he started whining later on, I asked him what was wrong, he pointed to the back of his pull-up and simply said "Mommy, it hurts." I couldn't find anything wrong with him at that time. I bathed him when we got home, and it was at that point when I found a welt on his left buttock. Upon investigating, it seemed as if there was something like a splinter under the welt. I made an appointment to see the doctor the next day, but soon he started vomiting and shaking, then his eyes rolled back into his head. From there, we went to the emergency room. He died later that night. It turned out that the welt on his buttock was the tip of a hypodermic needle that had broken off inside. The autopsy revealed that Kevin had died from a heroine overdose. The next week, the police removed the balls from the ball pit. There was rotten food, several hypodermic needles: some full, some used; knives, half-eaten candy, diapers, feces, and the stench of urine.



(You can find the article on Kevin Archer in the October 10,1999 issue of the Midland Chronicle.)



Don't think it's just McDonald's either. A little boy had been playing in a ball pit @ a Burger King & started complaining of his legs hurting. He later died too. He was found to have snake bites all over his legs & buttocks. When they cleaned the ball pit they found that there was a copperhead's nest in the ball pit. He had suffered numerous bites from a very poisonous snake. Repost this if it scares the crap out of you!! Repost this if you care about kids!! Please forward this to all loving mothers, fathers and anyone who loves and cares for children!! What has this world come to?? If a child is not safe in a child's play area then where??



AND FYI:



In Florida and other places on the East Coast a group of people are putting HIV/AIDS infected and filled needles underneath gas pump handles, so when someone reaches to pick it up and put gas in their car, they get stabbed with it. 16 people have been a victim of this crime so far and 10 tested HIV positive. Instead of posting that stupid crap about how your love life will suck for years to come of you don't re-post, post this. It's important to inform people, even if you don't drive, a family member might, and what if they were next?





Good luck. My friend had her daughter's first birthday party at mcdonalds playland. the baby had fun, but it seemed pretty lame to everyone else.

Robin - posted on 10/12/2009

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of course she wont remember it, but she will love to see pics when she is older, I son will be 1 on december 5th, and I just want to find a place that has one of those ball pits, I think he would have a blast!

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