1st Birthday Ideas!

Nikolette - posted on 07/18/2011 ( 42 moms have responded )

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First birthdays are quickly approaching I just started planning. Has anyone else started?

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Jessica - posted on 08/27/2011

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My dad turns 60 and my mom turns 59 3 days before my son's 1st birthday. We're having a joint "Celebrating 120 years of Life" party and my mom invited pretty much everyone on the planet. It'll be so fun, I'm really looking forward to it!

Sarina - posted on 07/29/2011

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We are having Jackson's party at the zoo too with a monkey theme. I started planning in June for the September 25 party.

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Debra - posted on 04/02/2013

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1st Birthdays don’t have to difficult. You simply need a “keep it simple” kind of attitude. If your child doesn’t already have a favorite cartoon or character; here are some theme ideas.

Popular 1st birthday themes:

Polka Dots; a variations of pinks and purples for girls and light blues and greens for boys.

Disney Baby; baby Minnie for girls and baby Mickey for boys.

Winnie the Pooh; any of these 100 acre wood characters are a pure delight for little ones.

If any of these ideas doesn’t raise any eyebrows try a color scheme. Try keeping your color choices bright. Little ones love vibrant colors. You can go with the Primary colors, red, yellow and blue. If you like to keep it gender specific try pink, yellow and white for girls and light blues, greens and white for boys. Be mindful of these colors when choosing your decorations(balloons, streamers), invites and icing for for your cake.

Food

Always check with parents prior to food prep whether there are any children with allergies. Keep the food choices bite size in portions. Plenty of color. Focus on finger like foods. Mild cheeses, Crackers(Graham, Animal, Goldfish), Fruit(sliced grapes, strawberries, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew, Pineapple), Fruit flavored Yogurt(either individual snack sizes or a large bowl for sharing). For beverages try diluted 100% fruit juices, milk and plenty of water.

Birthday Cake

Pros and Cons. When deciding on your dessert of choice consider your guests. If deciding on cake ensure your cake size doesn’t exceed the amount of people eating it. A half eaten cake is a challenge to store. When it comes to feeding it to little ones; it also be a little messy.

Cupcakes are another great option. These come in all sizes; even little hands size. Whether you decide to make them yourself or order them from your local bakery. Cupcakes can be made plain or flavored. You can decorate them in your chosen color scheme or character theme. Cupcakes are so easy to store. They can be used for a mid-day snack or the perfect size to give away to your guests or your child’s daycare.

Decorations and Tableware

Remember your color scheme when choosing decorations. Less is more. Concentrate on the balloons; babies love balloons! Have the strings extra long. This will allow the little angels to pull on these bursts of color. Keeping them entertained for quite some time.

Keep everything easy. Use plastic table cloths, paper plates and cups. Reserve the plastic cutlery for the adults. At this stage of development babies love to use their hands to feed themselves. Parents can put an assortment of their child’s favorite finger foods that you’ve put out on to individual paper plates allowing the little ones help themselves.

Once the party is done, everything can be picked up and contained in the table cloths and easily disposed of. Recycle what you can!

Party Favors

When deciding on party favors for a 1st birthday be eventful. Try to use items that are both useful for the child as well as the parent. Instead of using your standard loot bag try a snack filled Sippy cup or snack container. Fill it with Gerber like snacks. The containers can be used by the child and parent later once the delicious snacks are devoured.

Look at single bath toys. These can be gifted with a single baby size face cloth and a mini baby shampoo or body wash. These can be found at your local drugstore or department store in the travel section. Both parents and kids will love them!

Activities

Ensure you have a baby play zone. An area clear of obstacles for little ones to run and play. Have child like songs playing softly in the background. Have age appropriate toys around for play time. Have an area designated diaper changes or breast feeding. The more that’s planned a head, the less work for you later.

Most importantly have fun and enjoy your little ones special day. You both deserve it!

Samantha - posted on 03/08/2013

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Hey mommies. It’s always better to start planning as early as possible. I started planning my child’s birthday right after her 6 months :)

Tanya - posted on 10/17/2011

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my sons birthday was october ninth and we did a mini carnival with bounce house pony rides a face painter and lots of games and treats he was so excited he thought he was king for a day

Lori - posted on 10/17/2011

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i have already picked out the cake im making. its a carosle one, fingers crossed it works out. i love to make cakes. other than that ill b having a big 1st birthday and games for the kiddies and food, really just a get together with good food drinks and good weather,

Jessica - posted on 10/14/2011

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So weve decided to just have a small family dinner. And told friends that they are welcome to come over and visit for her 1st birthday, but it may not be on the day of.

Brandi - posted on 10/12/2011

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My babys 1st bday is dec 9th. I was thi nking of a rec room doing a bbq and a bounce house.... other than that any suggestions?

Stephanie - posted on 10/07/2011

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I would just talk to everyone and let them know about your idea and that you cant afford to pay for everyone so if they wanted to go they would have to pay for their own..Just be honest and let everyone know you want them to be there and that you aren't meaning to be rude just that you cannot afford to pay for everyone on your own

Jessica - posted on 10/07/2011

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ugggh my little one is turning 1 in less then a month!!!!

Im torn, our place is to small to have a party at but i dont want to go crazy & rent a room for her first birthday, just seems like alot.

I was thinking about doing something at a restarant with friends- does any one know the proper etiquette for that? Would everyone be responsible for thier own bill, or would we have to cover it?

HELP!

Proud - posted on 10/04/2011

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I am going to have a princess theme party for Madison.

Her cake is going to be a crown shaped cake and the guest cake is going to be a castle.

Ashley - posted on 10/03/2011

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We are throwing Zoe's 1st birthday party at a friend's house. My mom will be visiting (I haven't seen her since Zoe was 6 days old), and we're throwing a bbq! We decided to throw an Elmo bday since Zoe is crazy about Elmo. I'm getting very excited!!!

Ana - posted on 10/01/2011

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We had Emma's 1st birthday at the zoo last Sunday - it was a blast with a couple of exceptions... 1) I wish that we had more than 1.5 hrs in the party room - felt a bit rushed; 2) it rained as soon as we went into the park; we ended up leaving about an hour later as it kept raining on and off. Birthday girl had a great time, though, and that's all that matters!!! Time to start thinking about Halloween now :)

Hina - posted on 09/30/2011

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We just celebrated my daughters first bday last weekend - had an under the sea theme at a local park. It's an easy theme with lots to do... everyone had fun though I wish I'd had more time to get a bit more organized.

Justina - posted on 09/29/2011

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for my lil princesses first birthday im gonna bake her a rubber ducky cake it will be a rubber ducky theme very easy i got the idea from the bettycrocker web site i cant wait for my son third birthday i made him a chu chu train cake that i also got the idea from the same web site its lots of fun and he loved his cake

Tracy-lee - posted on 09/26/2011

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My little Skye's first birthday is in November, and I'm already doing some craft goodies, I decided on a little birdie party.

Melissa - posted on 09/19/2011

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we have ours in november. i was thinking Barney because she seems to like it but not sure where to have it.

Stephanie - posted on 09/19/2011

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Going to be doing Gabriel's 1st birthday at a nearby park. Going Retro with Mario getting ideas and invites made should be super fun!

Teana - posted on 09/19/2011

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So sad to say my baby girl bday is the 12 of oct..cant celebrate...something came up and .....well wish the best for you all.

Stacey - posted on 09/16/2011

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We are having my son's bday at our church cause we need the space :) we are going to have a big bash...Zeke loves people :) Can't wait :)

Tanya - posted on 09/15/2011

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my sons bday is october ninth and i have been planning for three weeks

i have todecided to go with a harvest/carnival theme with bounce house pony rides and i just got a ton more ideas from another mom

Usma - posted on 09/09/2011

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lol yes....i started duing dat yday....i was looking up 4 all da possible themes that are online :-D

Juliet - posted on 09/08/2011

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my 10months old baby gurl is turning 1year old on nov.3 please help me find some simple plans for her 1st bday???

Prissila - posted on 09/03/2011

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I'm one of those that likes to make a big deal out of it especially 1st birthdays. His birthday is Oct 8th and we're having a carnival! Carnival food... mini sliders, corn dogs, sno cones, popcorn, cotton candy, caramel apples etc. we're having booths for the kids to play games, a bounce house and possibly a clown (leaning more towards just face painting since some kids might be scared of clowns) Anyway... just an idea I'm sure no matter what it'll be a great day!

Carly - posted on 08/30/2011

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i started thinking about it bout 2 months ago i cant wait. we having a teddy and toys theme party with a giant pink duck cake because she is obsesed with ducks xx

Jessica - posted on 08/29/2011

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My daughter is 4 but but for her we did a home party with just her cousins and a couple of neighbors. 5 kids total. For her second birthday (you could do this for a first birthday) we kept it simple: we had some family and friends with kids meet at a local McDonalds that had a playscape, put a small balloon bouquet on the table and bought happy meals for all the kids. After about an hour or so all went back to our house for cake, ice cream and presents. We did this for her third birthday too. Funny, for her 4th birthday, she ASKED if she could do it again. I think she liked the laid back flow to it rather than the frenetic pace of structured parties she's been to. BTW, her birthday is just after Thanksgiving so an outdoor party (in Michigan) is not possible.

Taesha - posted on 08/29/2011

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my daughters birthday is in a month and a week and I still haven't really planned it yet. I'm thinking of doing pink and animal prints as the theme and just have a family party at my moms with all her family there

Britney - posted on 08/26/2011

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Yes I decided to do mickey's first birthday. I am doing it outside and like a cookout since his birthday ties in with labor day. I started planning ahead of time but waited till the last minute to do everything since the weather is so tricky.

Lela - posted on 08/11/2011

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We are doing a cupcake themed birthday party for my daughter's 1st bday! With mostly family and a few friends. We will have a cupcake decorating table. I'm making a Happy Birthday banner. It will be cute and girly!

LauraBeth - posted on 08/10/2011

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I started when she turned 6mo. now all I have left to do is pick up the cake and set out the decoration :o) We are doing a "Hoppy First Birthday" (something to sprout about)

Lisa - posted on 07/30/2011

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For Makayla's 1st Birthday, we have rented a pool and party room in our town, and we are having a "Splash Bash Pool Party"! She loves the water, and this place is so cool!

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this might help someone: i posted before but have since come to the decision to have 2 parties! one for just immediate family (grandmas, aunties, and uncles come for tea and cupcakes) and the other to invite my daughter's baby friends near her birthday on a day that works for most. the "friend" party will be more casual--more like a play date--but with a few decorations and some cake! :) otherwise, i fear one big party with family and babies running (walking/crawling) around would be just too big and overwhelming for my daughter (and mommy too!).

that said, i have to say that i also really like debbie's idea too! thanks for sharing.

Debbie - posted on 07/28/2011

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we are just going to have an afternoon tea at home, all the important people will be there, auntys, uncles cousin and grandparents, have a little cake , nothing huge, then there will be no partys till five, we have decided a family day together somewhere special is a nicer way to spend their day. for my first daughters 2nd birthday we went to butterfly creek, we have a wonderful day .

Carol - posted on 07/28/2011

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My big problem is number of people - my son has a lot of adoring fans who would be hurt not to be invited to his birthday. Luckily, my son loves people and wouldn't be overwhelmed by numbers, but *I* would be! Thinking of maybe just a big lunch at a restaurant with a lot of tables reserved...

Segametsi M. - posted on 07/28/2011

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My little girl's birthday lands on a Wednesday so we decided to do it on a Saturday after so that family and friends can attend.

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well, i just started planning too! it's a little overwhelming. my little girl's birthday lands on a wednesday, but we have to have her birthday the saturday before so that family can attend. it feels weird to celebrate her birthday before it actually happens. also, there are so many people (mostly family) and i don't want it to be a busy, loud, stressful, time! i'm also trying to settle on a theme. i'm thinking teddy bear tea and having cupcakes and a traditional english tea (mostly for the adults) and lots of healthy finger food options for her baby friends.

Nikolette - posted on 07/25/2011

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the zoo would be really fun! we decided on having it at a park near our house. have you picked any theme? we picked the 1st birthday theme because he doesn't have a favorite character yet so we will save that for his 2nd birthday. i can't wait for the party and getting his 12 month portraits taken! =]

Ana - posted on 07/24/2011

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I started thinking about it about 2-3 months ago (I know - just a 'bit' early!!) LOL We are having Emma's 1st birthday at the zoo - can't wait!!

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