birthday party?

Lorraine - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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what are you doing for your childs first birthday party?

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Veann - posted on 01/28/2010

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Great ideas, Mamas! I hope everyone has a wonderful and smooth party and that all the one year olds have a great time!

We are having a 1-Up Mushroom/ Super Mario Brothers theme party. I'll make 1-Up Mushroom cupcakes and all the other food will be Super Mario Brothers themed. We will have probably around fourteen people here at our apartment (including the three of us): ten adults and four babies. All of the babies are younger than Lucius and won't be able to play/ eat with him, but I think it will be fun. We're decorating in the theme, doing lots of balloons (I think babies will enjoy balloons.) and aren't doing favors or games. Just eating, admiring the babies and opening presents.

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After my daughter was born, somebody pointed out that she had the same name as the goldfish from Pinnochio, so I decided that as she thoroughly enjoyed her swimming lessons, we could combine the two things into a goldfish-themed pool party. We've hired the local pool (very affordable) and they provide an area where you can set up the food for afterwards. So, I won't have to worry about cleaning up afterwards either.



I'm hoping to find enough goldfish bowls to use as serving bowls for punch, jell-o, goldfish crackers, etc. NO REAL GOLDFISH WILL BE INVOLVED. People keep telling me what a good idea it would be to give live goldfish as party favours, but I find it cruel to treat the poor fish like disposable partyware. Instead I'll be sending the guests home with goldfish blowers, stickers and little bottles of bubbles with tropical fish on top.



Because we'll be at the pool and don't have to worry about space, we'll be inviting all of my daughter's friends from nursery, swimming lessons, post-natal group, etc.



We are asking for donations to Healing Hands for Haiti in lieu of gifts, because I decided that compared to the children who are enduring unimaginable suffering in Haiti, my daughter doesn't really need anything.

Mia - posted on 01/28/2010

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we are doing a rockstar theme for him with a guitar cake, balloons...he is going to love it

Mitos - posted on 01/27/2010

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We're having a joint Sesame Street-themed party for my daughter and her 3-year-old brother (their birthdays are 2 weeks apart). We're having a magician and a puppet show. Just 1 birthday cake but we're going to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.

Kandi - posted on 01/27/2010

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im doing princess theme for my daughter && im having it at chuckee cheese..cause its still really cold here. && jus having family && friends there.

Tenea - posted on 01/27/2010

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We are doing a small Curious George themed birthday party with just family coming.

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My LO is turning one near the weekend so we're having a winter carnival in our yard - It's theme is Winter One-Derland... Snowmen, snowflakes etc. We'll have a sled ride station and snowmen making and then head to the park for skating. Hot chocolate and cupcakes after. Should be a lot of fun if the weather cooperates...fingers crossed.

Penelope - posted on 01/27/2010

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We are doing a ladybug theme - the red and black kind, not pink. I want to do a photo invitation with a picture of her in her ladybug costume. The guests will be just close family and a few friends. That said, I have a really big close family! lol We're most likely having it at my church fellowship hall because my house just isn't big enough for all of us. I'll probably do a ladybug shaped cake or ladybug cup cakes. I was thinking about getting a fruit tray and a platter of chicken nuggets. I haven't figured out much else beyond that! I need to start gathering some ideas!!

Hope - posted on 01/26/2010

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she is having a big party at incredible pizza with 71 friends and family coming to celebrate it will be a blast her theme is lavendar purple with fairies and she is getting a beutiful cake made for her. and she is getting her pictures taking on her birthday the 3rd and having her party on the 6th..

Tarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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We have just moved so rather then having several parties with the different sides of the family we are having everyone over for a paarty with all the kids at our new place. We are going to do a Mickey themed party and go all out... We are having all the family over and a few friends with their babies.

Angalique - posted on 01/26/2010

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My little one will have a rock star party with family and friends. He loves music :)

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We're having an afternoon garden tea party - sugar and spice and all things nice! I made these invites for her (had fun making it rhyme) and sent them out with these little cupcake magnets that I made so the invite can be stuck to the fridge as a reminder! I've had such great feedback I'm selling customisable ones on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?lis...

It's summer here in NZ and I just can't wait for a lovely sunny tea party, which reminds me, I'd better do some work in the garden!

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2010

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Honestly, I don't have a clue. I would love to just celebrate with just my daughter and husband, but I feel like I'm obligated to have a big party and invite friends and family. We have a big family. Any ideas?

Ashlie - posted on 01/25/2010

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We are doing a Yo Gabba Gabba themed party. Emma LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba. We are throwing the party at a Boat Club that we are members at. We are inviting family and dear friends.

SooNie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Since I'm Korean, we're having a Dol Celebration which is a Korean 1st Birthday. It's a large celebration inviting friends and family and lots of food. At the celebration, I'll have my son chose from several different items which represents his future/fortune. Such items include pen (scholar), money (wealthy), thread, (many descendants), calligraphy brush (good with hands), and so forth. He and his bro/sis and parents will wear the tradition Korean attire, hanbok, for the event. It's a great wonderful thing to continue the Korean culture. The event celebrates the life of the little one since birth mortality was once high. Unfortunately, this celebration is a lot of work and preparation.

Florence - posted on 01/24/2010

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i'm going to throw a curious george party for my little one is very curious in almost everything and he moves like a monkey. I'm also going to invite close friends and relatives so I could concentrate more on my little one. It's his day anyway...=0

Tsvetelina - posted on 01/24/2010

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I'm not sure yet about Michelle's 1st B-day theme, but I prefer spring mood sooo..may be lots of fresh flowers, butterflies, ladybirds, lots of colours.. girlish things :) I think she would like it ;)

Grace - posted on 01/24/2010

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We will be having his birthday party at Round TAble Pizza, since our apartment is too small to hold all the people who want to attend his first b-day party. So, I am going with the built-in theme of knights and castles. Grandma will be making a castle shaped cake, and We will be getting the Ritter (Rutter?) jousting knights for the cake's courtyard. Balloons and table cloths will rund out the decorations I will have to provide.

Lacy - posted on 01/24/2010

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Abby Cadabby theme lol. My Madison isn't too into any one thing in particular, but Abby Cadabby is just SO cute! Madison is an odd duck and would rather watch people singing and dancing in a musical than any cartoon on tv!!

Becky - posted on 01/23/2010

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We are having both sides of immediate family to the hotel for a sesame street themed pool party!

Lavissa - posted on 01/22/2010

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Im thinking about doing a lil Prince theme for my son. Ill have a few friends and family over

Andria - posted on 01/21/2010

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We are having a coloring party! Kyrie started coloring with chalk a few monthsago, and we have a large driveway perfect for kids to color on. We are getting crayon balloons ad candles, doing everything in solid colors, etc. The best part isfo goodie bags are going to be coloring books and non-toxic/color wonder/whatever crayons, because, yes, they are little babies who try to eat everything, I know. :) But it should be loads of fun, even the adults love to color, lol.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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we're doing fun to be one and it's going to be a big party... mainly because my husband and i have a big family.

Kim - posted on 01/20/2010

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I am having a double birthday party. My son Jayson 3 on the 19th, And Aiden turns one on the 22nd. So those are Friday, and Monday... so We decided a cars theme because thats Jaysons favorite, and Aiden really wont know the difference. And Splitting up the activities. Im hoping it works out. We wont have any family here, Were military stationed in Texas, and my family is in CA his in VA so just friends for us.

Debbie - posted on 01/20/2010

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We are having a party with about 30 people and 7 kids. We're doing a garden theme with a ladybug cake (her nickname). We are not planning any games as all the kids are too young, but I am putting together a slideshow of my daughters first year of life and going to have everyone video tape a message for her to watch when she's older. I'm really looking forward to it... although I think this year went by way too fast.

Candice - posted on 01/20/2010

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Dr Seuss' Thing 1 and Thing 2 for my twin boys. There will be Seuss food from the 'Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook' and Thing Hair (blue cotton candy). Each boy will have their own Thing cake. The cakes will be connected with a Cat in the Hat sugar figure. They will each have their own Thing smash cake. Games/activities, so far, will include pin the Hat on the Cat, kite decorating, and a balancing relay. I found a bunch of Cat in the Hat/Thing decorations on ebay.



They will share the event with their 3 yo sister who will be having a Tinker Bell Theme. Her cake will have Tinker Bell and 5 other fairy figures playing in a field of flowers. Most of the flowers will actually be chocolate suckers. The food for her theme is still being planned, but will for sure include fairy food candy. The games/activities, so far, will include decorating wearable fairy wings, pin the wand on Tinker Bell, and decorating edible fairy wands (cookies-on-a-stick).



OK, this is probably going overboard, but I'm the party planner and cake decorator in the family!

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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We also have the issue of my older child's birthday being during warm months and have celebrated at the park with LOTS of people... not sure what to do/where to have a February birthday with our house being toooooo small!!!

Cheri - posted on 01/19/2010

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I'm doing a jungle theme at ceaser land! I'm also buying this awsome train pan(Thomas" Train Cake Pan NordicWare Williams Sonoma). Then I'm getting him a tux with a crown. Everyone should check out these birthday hats I get my daughter one every year there called Party Hats. You can find just about any style or color. There awsome

Karina - posted on 01/18/2010

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Elmo's Party is the theme for Liam's 1st. the day of his bday I will be bringing afternoon snack @ his home daycare , goodie bags , cupcakes and a pinata. His Aunt got him an Elmo outfit to wear that day. Then a week later we're having a little get together with family (about 40 people!!!!). Elmo again, maybe his uncle will dress up as Elmo my soon to be toddler will love that. :)

Jamia - posted on 01/18/2010

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We are doing a Dr. Seuss theme party which is all my idea. My son doesn't watch tv or identify with any particular character, so I selected Dr. Seuss because I have an education background and we are inviting a lot of family members the majority of whom are teachers or work in educational settings. I also like the fact that we can do Seussian-theme foods. I think it will be fun. I have already designed the invitations in Seuss-style rhyme.

Ernestina - posted on 01/18/2010

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I'm throwing my son a monkey themed birthday party and I'm just going to have a family get-together pretty much. I'll have a ball pit, a bubble machine, and a playing mat for the kids to play with.

Tracy - posted on 01/16/2010

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my 3 years old s 1st birthday was with many friends at a local soft play area, and a finger buffet, Katharyn amy have a few people to the house (about 4) as we have just moved house and don't know many peole and daddy is away at work for a further 5 weeks.

Carolyn - posted on 01/13/2010

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I'm not sure yet but I think I am doing a Hearts and either flowers or butterflies theme. Her bday is the day before Valentine's day so it'll be fun to do red with hearts and flowers. I'll probably have lots of balloons and keep it simple yet adorable.

Christina - posted on 01/08/2010

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My husband generally leaves the birthday party planning up to me, and from experience with my 4 yr. old daughter and 3 yr. old son...I've been planning for a couple of months now to make sure everything goes smoothly.

We are throwing a Parisian pink poodle party. We are having my daughter's 1st birthday party at Le Peep outside on the patio, if weather permits. And we are going to decide what is o.k. for people to order off the menu and print out our own little menus with those items on it. Then since I make cakes, I am going to make her a little personal cake and set it on a cake stand with 2 tiers and the bottom tier I will cover with Petit Fours.

We will be getting all of her themed party supplies from 1stwishes.com, and we are ordering her invitations from a nice stationary website...I have the perfect saying for her invites too!

I'm also going to put her lovey name on the sign, underneath where it says Happy 1st Birthday Elise Monet! : Mon Petit Chou A La Creme. And instead of wearing little cone hats we are going to buy little poodle ears for all the kids...CAN'T WAIT UNTIL Feb. 28th!

Terri-Ann - posted on 01/04/2010

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I thought of a real baby party with a duck theme - all yellow. I would invite close family members and about 10 babies with a parent - babies 2 and under but I am slowly drifting from that thought since my sisters think that would be selfish. Mea have two older cousins and they have friends. I also have friends with older children. They all adore Mea and I send monthly update of her to everyone.....should I really up the scale and invite older kids too?????? Wouldn't this take away from her 1st little party? She really enjoy watching older kids play.

Kim - posted on 01/01/2010

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If you want to do a theme party try 1stwishes.com they have a lot of adorable ideas for first birthday parties. * For the person that wanted a DINO theme they have some really cute wall stickers for bedrooms and DINO themed place settings and stuff. You might want to check it out they are soo cute*
There is also a construction theme for a little boys first birthday that is adorable! And tons of other stuff including princess and cupcake like other people mentioned. :)

Kim - posted on 01/01/2010

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We live in FL so we are doing a barnyard theme party at the park across the street from our house. Just family and close friends a little ball pit for the kids and some of my daughters farm toys with the playground should be a lot of fun!

Kristy - posted on 01/01/2010

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My little girl is having a cupcake themed party! My son turns 3 the day before(his theme is candy), so it is gonna be a little crazy at our house.

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Hi, my poor LO's birthday is in danger of being swamped by other family birthdays. 5 days after his b'day is my 40th!! (AAAGGGHHH,) and 2 days after that is my sisters and 3 days after that is my other son's 11th and 3 days after THAT is my m-i-l's. For Charley we might have a family dinner with close family and his god parents. One year olds are pretty clueless when it comes to b'days. I might go completely over the top when he is 2 and he can really enjoy it all.

Melody - posted on 12/31/2009

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I'm doing a tinkerbell theme, however, I'm not sure where to hold her party - my house is too small for all her relatives and my boys are summer babies so we always do an outdoor barbeque, which, being that her birthday is in february, won't work for my daughter. Any ideas on where to hold a first birthday party?

Sydnee - posted on 12/30/2009

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we are doing a Dinosaur theme. my son got a VERY LARGE dinosaur toy for Christmas (and by large i mean LARGE.. it holds up to 140 pounds when sitting on it.. thats more than i weigh) so instead of fretting about it we decided to turn his room into a dinosaur theme so for his birthday instead of toys we are asking for dinosaur themed things for his room (since he got so many toys at Christmas)

Gabrielle - posted on 12/30/2009

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We have twin girls. We will probably do a princess theme because they are spoiled like princesses. lol. We are going to throw a huge birthday party at their grandparents house and invite all their family members and little toddler friends. It should be exciting. Happy birthday (soon) to your little one! Hope you come up with some great ideas.

Dawn - posted on 12/30/2009

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I will be getting Mickey Mouse papre products for sure...he LOVES Mickey!! We will be doing a cake celebration but if my sister comes into town, we will do a slightly bigger celebration. My son was born on Fat Tuesday, so I thought a Marde Gras theme would be fun...beads/masks for the kids, frozen drinks for the adults. I did learn with Christmas that all his presents are going into bags not wrapping paper....he just did not get it!!! :)

Coral - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi, i am going with a Tigger theme as my munchkin loves his tigger. I am not going very big only a few friends as it can all be very overwhelming for the little ones if there are to many people. It is summer here so i will have little baby swimming pools for the littlies to swim in. Other than that i am not sure. You?

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