What to do for a 1st birthday?

Katie - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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As we all no its coming up to the 1st birthday so has any one got any ideas they would like to share about what they will be doing to celebrate it!!

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Suzanne - posted on 11/05/2010

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Most of my family is coming over from Melbourne (I live in Hobart) and we are just having a BBQ and a home made cake (hopefully ;) ) Because we live interstate we are making a big deal of the family being here :) Mt friend has a mini jumping castle that we're gunna put up and a paddling p[ool with the plastic balls in it :) Should be a good day :)

Tanya - posted on 11/05/2010

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I'm so excited about my baby turning the big 1..I'm just going to keep it simple with close friend and family..she wont know what that day is all about so i'll wait till she gets older to throw something big..

Nataly - posted on 10/28/2010

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Well for my daughters first b_Day am doing a hello kitty party in the house ,i invited family and some friendss :) hope she have fun

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Nikki - posted on 08/30/2013

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Can someone tell me what a good party favor would be for kids 4 and under! My daughter is turning 1year on sept first and were throwing her a party on the 15th but as far as party favors Idk what to get? Plz help tu

Samantha - posted on 09/06/2012

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Hey Katie,

I would recommend you to organize a small party by inviting your family and a few friends. An extravagant party makes no sense as you child doesn’t understands anything. Do simple decoration using latex and Mylar balloons. Buy them online from MyBirthdaySupplies at a discounted price. Food menu should also be very simple but if you are ordering from a restaurant, you can have food as per your choice and budget.

Marion - posted on 11/10/2010

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We are taking Ellie to see Santa, and then having a small get-together for just a few of our close friends at the house, including the traditional baby-destroying-the-cake bit.

Stephanie - posted on 11/10/2010

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My daughter just turned one today! We are having her big party on Sunday and because she was born in the Fall, we are having a fall themed party. Pumpkins, leaves, apples. Lots of warm browns, oranges, yellows and reds. Yes, I do agree that she will have NO idea what is going on but who doesn't love a party? I am so excited about her party. Her smash cake is shaped like a pumpkin and we are going to have a soup and grilled cheese bar with 3 kinds of soup, Chicken noodle, smoked salmon chowder and veggie beef...No one will leave hungry! OH BTW happy birthday to all the November babies, can't believe it has already been a year!!!

Annette - posted on 11/09/2010

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We just kept it simple. Had family and a few friends over and just had cake and coffee. I felt she was to young to really enjoy a party cause all she was intrested in was the cake.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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My daughter's birthday is the 30th but we are doing her party the first weekend of November becaues we didn't want it during the week or on the Thanksgiving weekend, I'm doing a winter one-derland theme with close friends and family!

Bridget - posted on 11/09/2010

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we did a small party with family and then we will be doing a small party during church with her firends nothing big or fancy. made own cupcakes bought decorations at dollar tree.

Joyce - posted on 11/09/2010

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Scarlett's birthday is in 2 weeks! we're just have close family and friends for a Mickey mouse tea party, nothing fancy. o prefer to wait until she is a bit older then go a bit mad! x

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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We are having close family and friends to the park for a bbq/picnic. I am having a butterfly theme. She may not remember it but she has loved the couple of parties her friends have had so I am happy to be giving her one to enjoy.

Lee-Ann - posted on 11/08/2010

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we just had the twins birthday party on Sun. It was a Mickey Mouse theme and invited everyone (we do a big party on their first birthdays). We gave goodie bags to all the kids that and had cup cake for them.

Angie - posted on 11/08/2010

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Tinker bell theme.. Friends and family. Kids are between the ages of 1-14 and I got a clown to come do some face painting.

Looking forward to it.

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I've had a pink elephant thing with my daughter....so her birthday party is pink elephant themed. We are having about 50 people over at our house for pizza/sandwiches/finger foods. There will be lots of balloons and streamers and I'm saving on table decorations by buying a large piece of pink elephant fabric to use as a table cloth. I have confetti, etc. We are looking forward to celebrating her birth with family, friends, church family, etc.

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my twins turend 1 ystrdy but we had the party a few days before. I agree that they have no idea what it is all about and was initially going to have just close family and one child but I had so much fun pressing that evite button it turned into about 35 people. that said I told guests gifts were not required and kept it pretty low key. for the only decorations I did I cut the letters of my babies names out of paintings they had done (I put them in their high chairs and and tape the paper down and place a few drops for sensory and try and monitor how much makes it to their mouths), strung them up over the dining room table along with photos of them as newborns and one close up of them with their arms entwined as young infants) and their hats from the hospital, premie first outfit, etc. my sister bakes cakes and insisted on making an ordeal over that (she said she wanted them to have the pics to remember). we feed them organic and healthy and all that but figured for the 1st bday cake go wild. I was worried the babies would freak over waking up and finding so many people arriving but they love being around people and were troopers. I was going to try and make inexpensive loot bags and keep away from commercial stuff. I planned on making playdough and putting a couple of colours in each bag, some melted down crayon cupcakes and tying it all up in a brown paper bag with some cookie cutters hanging off them. turned out big plans, zero time so my mom ran to indigo books and picked up gift cards and each child recieved one along choosing a tiny sugar pumpkin from a basket. basically it was stressful but still kinda low key at the same time. I really would have done just us but my husband was going to be out of town on the real day and I figured it was such a year of trials and tribulations with twins, I might as well have the home filled with people that loved them. did they know it was their birthday? absolutely not. did they love the people doting on them, definitely!

whatever you do hope it is stress free (as much as it can be) and take advantage of all the people wanting to hold your baby and give you a break!

Sara Jacqueline - posted on 11/06/2010

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Camila is turning One!! We are having a Minnie Mouse Birthday Party at Old McDonald Farm. She absolutley loves animals and they also have a pumpin patch during this season. Train rides, Pony rides etc. I am sure she will have a blast, so will I cause I dont have to clean afterwards :)

Crystle - posted on 11/05/2010

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We are having a party in the park essentially a play date with balloons & bubbles & lots of smiling friendly faces ;D cupcakes and a small home made cake decorated with love by mum & morning tea to share for all who are there... Juice, lots of baby friendly fruit, tim tams for the big kids etc. nothing that takes us away from spending as much time as possible playing with our birthday boy :) Have Fun!

Angel - posted on 11/05/2010

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Not sure where you live or if you have one of these near you, but my Daughters birthday will be held at "Rainbows soft play", it's brilliant for that kind of age all the way up to about 10! They can play with the coloured balls, crawl around with other children for socialising and play with all the soft play materials that they have there, the children also have a meal there (to be chosen - hot meals or cold buffet).
Hope this helps!

Marged - posted on 11/05/2010

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I quite agree with you. Why waste the money if its not appreciated. Aww that sounds nice, and a deserved catch up while you're at it! Happy campers all round then

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2010

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I believe that because the children don't really understand the concept of birthdays and presents and everything that there isn't really much point to having a big expensive birthday party for them and they won't remember it anyway. I'd prefer to save the money I would've spent on this party and throw a really awesome party when they are a bit older and can really enjoy it! But we are having a few friends and family join us at a bbq spot near the beach so all the kids can play and the adults can enjoy a much needed catch up.

Marged - posted on 11/05/2010

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I agree with Tanya. Our son is going to be 1 on the 19th Nov and we are just having a tea party for family and close friends about 12 in total. He's not going to know the difference and know what's going on!

Kerri - posted on 11/05/2010

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I cant wait! I'm having a princess themed party for her on the 28th. She'l be surrounded by close friends and family. We're having a clown and bouncing castle along with a pinata for the kids that are older. She's the only baby in my immediate fam so everyone is looking forward to her big day!

Christina - posted on 11/04/2010

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we are going to an elmo party and r also going to include ur cousin too b/c her b-day is on the 2nd and my is daughter is the 4th so we having curious george and elmo party including cake decorations and of course presents and i cant wait for her party :)

Cassie - posted on 11/04/2010

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i am doing a little princess party for my little girl we are having a family party on her birthday and on the saturday i am doing a party for a few of her little freinds

Diann - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son's 1st birthday is at the end of the months so we're having his party the 1st weekend in Dec. We have rented a VFW hall and having about 60 friends & family. We doing a monkey theme so I going to make a monkey shaped cake for him and I'm going to make cupcakes for the guest. Save money on a sheet cake. We had a face painter at his Christining party so I think we're going to have a clown or maybe Mickey Mouse come this time. (For the older kids) Also play game for the older kids, (eg. musical chairs, pinata) I found a great website that really gave me good ideas and they also sell suplies. www.1stwishes.com
Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son loves animals- especially jungle /safari animals. I am throwing him a safari adventure party- he will be the safari tourist (i got him a lil pith hat) and his friends will be wearing animal ears. I am making him a smash cake with a tiger/lion on it and then a cake for everyone else to enjoy. I have purchased some of the safari friends supplies from 1stwishes.com and then some generaic colours from the dollar store. I am also creating party favor boxes which I am very excited about. For activites we will be playing with bubbles, bean bag toss game(that i made myself with 3 empty formula cans i decorated and a few bean bags i made), play dough and shape cutters as well as hand puppets... check otu amazingmoms.com for awesome and inexpensive ways to create the party theme.. Logan is getting 2 parties- the main one is with 5 of his friends and then a small one with family

Bernice - posted on 11/02/2010

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Charl's party is this Saturday. A friend is making a Special Agent Oso cake for him and I'm decorating the house with blue paw prints and blue and green decorations, as you can't get Special Agent Oso party packs here in NZ. I've ordered a bouncy castle for the older kids, and they will have bottles of bubbles to blow.

Dianne - posted on 11/02/2010

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emily's birthdays the 5th so a family tea party with hotdogs and fireworks for us with a homemade cake and treats yum!!!

Shevanese - posted on 11/02/2010

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I'm doing a tinkerbell theme for my daughter. I've order all the supplies and i can't wait party is on Saturday.

Ashley - posted on 10/28/2010

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My son's 1st B Day is in about a week and we are doing John Deere as the theme (Cake, plates, cups, napkins etc). I have invited friends and family to join this special day with us. I'm so excited my baby is going to be one. He just got his first hair cut this week so he'll get to show off his new do'!

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We're having a little party at a soft play on his actual birthday and the day after we're having family tea.

Tara - posted on 10/28/2010

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I'm thinking for my daughter's birthday we'll just have some close family/friends over for birthday cake and refreshments and to open presents and then maybe for a swim at the pool.my daughter loves playing in water kicking her feet and splashing so i think this is a good idea.I of course want her to get cake all over her face and hands and the floor just so we have wonderful memories for her 1st birthday.ill probably decorate the house too.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2010

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Well. For Me Son's First Birthday, I'm Doing A Superman Theme. I'm Talking Plates, Napkins, Balloons, Etc, Will Be In Superman, Lol. The Kids Are Really To Young To Play Any Games, So I'm Making Goody Bags (With Superman Toys) And Then Of Course We Are Having Cake And Having The Party At Pizza Hut For About Two Hours. Mostly Family Will Be There But One Or Two Of His Little Friends Will Be Attending! (:

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