What is everyone doing for your kid's first birthday?

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Help!! I need ideas! We are having one big party, all family/friends included. I need decoration/food/general party planning ideas, on an extremely minimal budget!

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Samantha - posted on 07/20/2012

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Hey are you having a theme party? If yes, buy the basic supplies such as theme balloons, tableware, etc. and use them to decorate your venue. Since, you will be handling your baby; don’t go for an extensive menu. Keep it simple such as juice, fruit punch, pizza, hot dog, burger, French fries, etc. Order a good big cake even if costs a bit more; after all it’s your kids first birthday. Don’t forget to record all these in your camera so that when your child grows up, he/she will enjoy watching it.

Toshia - posted on 02/08/2010

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so my sons 1st BDay is on valentines day and i booked Chucky Cheese! i didnt want to, i wanted him to have a small house party which would have saved me alot of money and aggravation but i had no house to have it in! he is just to young to truly enjoy and appreciate Chucky Cheese, its like im payn for all the other kids to enjoy his party more than himself! im still going to have a great time and enjoy every minute regardless of the fact that its breaking my pockets, its my lil mans day and im so estactic!!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/08/2010

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I celebrated my son's first birthday with a few of his little buddies. i put up happy birthda balloons got a birthday cake, made sandwiches and hotdogs ans prepared party bags of all the little children. It was so much fun.

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We decided to enjoy their party and not worry about having food or having to really decorate - probably a bit cheesy but we decided to have their party at Golden Corral with the attendees paying their own way. Everyone is super cool about it - and I get to fully enjoy without having to worry about what to serve and NO CLEAN UP!!!!

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2010

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well i'm just iviting some friends over that have children and ordering pizza for them and a birthday cake. I'm not doing anything too crazy since he is still so young. I am having my son's birthday next week Saturday the 13th. i was thinking for the older kids ages 3-7 , i may hide candy around the house and maybe do a treasure hunt type thing for them. try to keep them busy. i need more ideas too!

Kristy - posted on 02/06/2010

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We are doing a Winter ONEderland theme for our little girl's 1st birthday! I'm soo excited. We are decorating with hanging snowflakes and fake snow. The colors are pink, silver and white. I ordered her a shirt to wear with a number one and snowflakes on it. The food will be winter-themed food with dirty snowballs (meatballs), pigs in the blanket, a cheeseball shaped like a snowman, etc....For dessert, we are giving the kids cupcakes and of course, a smash cake for the birthday girl!
Happy Birthday to all the February 2009 babies!

Jessica - posted on 02/06/2010

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My now 3 year old daughter's first birthday was large but simple family party, and so will my almost 1 year old son's be - it is scheduled for the 13th of Feb. We kind-of have a sesame stree theme, since we had some leftover decor fomr my daughter's 2nd - table cloth and wrapping paper. We bought sesame street plates at target ( in the "normal" paper plate section) Not as expensive as "birthday" table ware. Got red plastic cups, plastic silverware, a set of 8 party hats, since the 3 year old insisted we needed party hats! I will be making a cupcake cake in the shape of a huge #1 - I got a "puzzle cake" set of silicone cupcake holders in different shapes and you put them all next to each other to form the shape you want and frost over the whole thing together, then people just pull off their piece - no cake cutting, pre-portioned!

He is just a baby, and won't remember it, but I think it is important for the family to celebrate and so it isn't a "game" or child oriented party, just lunch, cake and ice creama nd then gifts, then he will probably take a nap as all the adults sit around and visit.

I think i will do the birthday wishes journal thing for all the guests to write in, though, wish I had thought of it for my Daughter's birthdays too! We will do that from now on I think!

Jessie

Paula - posted on 02/06/2010

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1st B'Day's r lots of fun and work... Some ideas are...sausage sizzle... hubby can stand at the BBQ cooking them and just butter bread rolls...Get sponge cake squares from supermarket cut it into a number 1 and whip fresh cream with a food dye color of choice and fill sponge in middle with jam then cover with cream and decorate as u want. Works well :) Good Luck ;) Bake sweets make lollie bags and kids will luv u!!

Keiran - posted on 02/06/2010

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We are keeping a party... i invited all his little cousins and our close friends under the age of 7, which turns out to be about 35 children, we are having fun games and entertainment. We would take alot of pictures because tht would be the memory he will cherish i am sooo excited..

Stephanie - posted on 02/04/2010

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well its her first so i'm doin the princess theme even though i hate pink myself she's cute in it

Shamarra - posted on 02/04/2010

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My friend went to the local pool for her daughters1st birthday. There were nearly 60 people there. It was a nice warm day & everyone had such a great day.

Dolores - posted on 02/04/2010

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Well my youngest is turning 1 and then the oldest is turning 2 in March, so I decided to do Chuck E Cheese for the both of them and get it all over with. Also, didnt want to get stuck with the mess so that's why I decided to do it out of the home ;) Goodluck w/all your planning! ;)

Patricia - posted on 02/04/2010

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I chose john deere... which was about the hardiest stuff to find! I did realize that camo is one party theme that you can find about anywhere! good luck

Dalia - posted on 02/04/2010

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i gave my daughter a BIG party the saturday b4 her birthday....and on her birthday i took her to Build-a-bear and then out to eat...she had a blast!!

Carrie - posted on 02/03/2010

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We took the cutest picture of our little guy's first french fry experience, he was just smiling with the fry sticking out of his mouth. So I'm going to make him a cake that looks like a box of McDonald's french fries. We've invited all our church friends and family, and it will be a pretty crowded house.

Kristie - posted on 02/03/2010

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We are actually goin to have her birthday party the weekend b4 her actual birthday due to her dad coming out on a 4 day leave for the army..... but we are doing it at home with friends and family and we r thinking the theme of disney princess! :)

Jamia - posted on 02/02/2010

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We are doing a Dr. Seuss theme with family (we have a large family) and friends. We are having Seuss-ian themed food. For decorations, I bought some things from Oriental Trading Company and some stuff from Party City.

I am making cupcakes and a smash cake for my son--I decided to make "funfetti" cakes from scratch. I am also making cookies, and we will have ice cream.

Games: (1) I took a picture of my son each month on the anniversary of his birth, so I am going to put together a "What age am I?" game and let the guests put the pictures in order. We will probably divide into teams for this. (2) Pin the Hat on the Cat, and (3) in honor of Fox in Socks--how many socks can you put on in 30 seconds?

There are not a lot of children (maybe 12 at the most), so I don't have to make a lot of favor bags. In each favor bag, I am putting goldfish crackers, alphabet and number fruit snacks, a confetti bouncing ball, bubbles, crazy straw, Seuss bookmark and a personalized pencil with a Seuss eraser. The personalized pencils came from Oriental Trading Company, and say "[Son's Name} is 1! 2-16-10" I got enough bookmarks and pencils so the adults can also take them home if they choose.

Catherine - posted on 02/02/2010

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For the big kids (2-5) I taped butcher paper to one of my walls and put out some crayons for coloring. I set up a card table with play doh and cookie cutters and other play doh toys. They also decorated heir goody bags for the pinata. For the under 2 set I just had some of my son's bigger toys out for them to enjoy. For all the kids I had a pull string pinata stuffed with candies, fruit snacks, and animal crackers so that there was something for every child who eats solids. I had bubbles and a few balloons out for them to play with and I had the TV turned on to the Toddler Tunes channel for background music. My cousin was going to do face painting, but the kids had enough fun to where we never got to it.



The decorations were blue and yellow streamers all over the room, the mural the kids drew on the wall, the balloons on the floor, the pinata, and a photo collage I made of my son's first year.



For refreshments we had lemon tuna pasta (whole wheat spaghetti, olive oil, lemon juice, tuna, parmesan cheese, and parsley), bread, a veggie tray with ranch dip, a fruit tray with a vanilla yogurt dip, a cherry pie (that was an impulse buy!), an apple cake for the birthday cake, and ice cream with iced tea, water, and apple juice to drink.



For paper goods I got plain red cups for the adults, zoo pal cups for the kids (they have lids!), striped paper plates I found on clearance, and some cute napkins that had stripes and a big 1 on them.



We had the party at home and indoors.

Amanda - posted on 02/01/2010

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my sons birthday is valentines day so ive got plenty of chances to deck the halls with hearts (but ill wait on that, when i can embarrass him) for his first birthday i went with 1stwishes.com construction theme for 16. were going to have pizza or hotdogs havent decided yet, soda for adults and caprisuns for the children. i invited immediate family and a few friends with kids. 14:11 ratio. candy cups to take home and cake and icecream. havent decided games, i figure let the parent talk and the kids play with all the toys. i tried to get most of the kids a partner in that age range. theres 3 11/12yr olds, 4 5/6/7 yr olds, 4 2/under.

Michelle - posted on 02/01/2010

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For my daughter, the party was more for the friends that came -- I live really far away from family... :( Any kids that do come aren't going to care what you give them (some cheerios, sliced bananas, crackers, whatever your child eats as a snack). And, the adults shouldn't care much either - it's about your child's birthday! =)
For games, I did 2 main ones: Everyone wrote down a guess at how long it would take her to climb the stairs (those w/ a longer guess tried to distract her - it was great). The closest person got a prize (lotion or something...?). The other game was to sit in a circle and see who she'd crawl to - that person won a prize (mommy & daddy not allowed to participate, obviously). If most guests are parents, the gift could be geared toward their child (toy instead of lotion / body shop soap, etc.)
I used 2 different shades of pink paper to create a chain (cut paper into strips and loop them through each other) to decorate. I did not feel any pressure to decorate at all, but that's the group of friends I've got right now - your situation could be different. Balloons are always great at a party and can be given to the kids as a gift when they leave!
I also have a journal for each child and I put it out for guests to write to them on their birthday. (oh dear - I'd better get Joel's ready... his birthday is Feb 28!) It's a great way for them to express their joy at him turning 1 year old! You could do small slips of colored paper that you later paste into a scrapbook (not sure if you do that sort of thing).

Teresa - posted on 02/01/2010

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we are planning to have a big party the whole house decorated with family friends and liams god parents as well should be lots of fun xx

Tiffany - posted on 02/01/2010

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hello! i'm takin her out,2 take pictures and then 2 the zoo good luck with everathin

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