How was the Birthday Party?

Christianne - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Now that the first weekend of July is (almost) over, I imagine that quite a few babies already had their first birthday party.

How was it? What worked? What didn't? What was the best part?

I still have 2 more weeks to go.

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Karen - posted on 07/30/2009

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We had my daughter's party on July 25th. It went ok I just invited family, she fell asleep at lunch time. When she woke up we did presents, or should I say I opened her presents, and then people had to leave, so we didn't do her cake, but everyone else had cupcakes. Still have her cake for her to dig into. Oh Well! It was all great!!

Laura - posted on 07/30/2009

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We just had our first birthday party on Sunday and it was fantastic! However, I now understand why every book says to keep it short and small (although that is a very difficult task for a first birthday). We had our close friends and family at the party (about 25 people) and everything was fine up until we sang Happy Birthday where our daughter LOST IT! It was absolutely adorable and she was just exhausted from all of the attention and from being passed around. It was a great memory and we wouldn't have done it any other way!

Christina - posted on 07/28/2009

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It was great but exhausting. I wouldn't change a thing. Mycah had a great time!

Christianne - posted on 07/27/2009

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Can you believe that I started to think about next year's bday party? ahahhaha I think I will do a "Breakfast with Caio" at a park.

Beats the heat and the crowds and everybody can enjoy the rest of the day.

Lisa - posted on 07/21/2009

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We had a great 1st birthday party. We had 25 kids and I set up everything outside. I had tents with exersaucers and bouncers and baby toys for the little ones. We set up "olympic" games for the older kids that corridinated with our theme Nursery Ryhmes. I had the party from 1-3:30 and by 3:00 the babies were tiered and crabby, so I guess a half hour too long I would say. It was a lot of fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Janet - posted on 07/21/2009

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y son's party was Sunday(he turned one Friday). We had BBQ Brisket and Hot Dogs. Along with Cupcake #1 the bakery also made a small cake especalliy for Matthew to

get messy with. We had mostly familiy and a few freinds. The party was wonderful couldn't have been better. We did the same for our first son five years ago. Goodluck!

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We had Rosabelle's party at a park. Just did a simple BBQ. It turned out real nice. She wasn't to sure about the cake only stuck her fingers in it, but really didn't make a mess. She wasn't too interested in opening gifts...she only opened a few and then was distracted by the ones she wanted to play with so I had to open the rest.

Emma - posted on 07/21/2009

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my son tukai is having his birthday party on sunday 26th, im just hoping there is nice weather as i have hired a bouncing castle and a face painter. i have got games planned like pass the parcel, musical chairs, pin the tail and a pinjata. i know tukai isnt going to rememeber it but ive invested wuite a bit of time and money on his bday and i just hope everything turns out nicely, im catering the adults with a hangi(traditional new zealand cooking under the ground) im expecting around 100 people kids included. fingers crossed for a nice day xx

Christianne - posted on 07/20/2009

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Caio's Birthday Party was this last Saturday.

Everything was perfect. Although we had about 50 adults and 30 kids (12 babies) everything went smoothly. We had brazilian hot dogs, mac&cheese, bagel bites, chips and salsa, potato chips, jello, cake and sweets. The cake table looked really beautiful.

We were so happy everybody had a great time. We rented a bounce house and the bigger kids didn't do anything else. Every now and then we would kick them out to have babies there. Caio loved it!

The party was in our back yard and it made it so much easier for me. We started at 4pm. Caio took an hour nap around 6pm but was back up to play.

He didn't even cry although there were so many people singing happy birthday for him. We got tons of pics. Around 9pm everybody was already gone - except for 2 cousins who ALWAYS stay late. All right...

Caio had so much fun with his mini-cake. So cute! I had to give him a shower right away - he doesn't like baths... And we are so glad everything went as planned.

Amy - posted on 07/19/2009

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I haven't done mine yet, but I finally decided on what to do. I'm going to do a Starbucks themed party (I worked for them for 4 years, and my husband for 5, and Noah has a Starbucks onesie and an apron), and we're doing it at the park at 9:30 in the morning. It's hot here in TX, so 9:30 will be much more pleasant. We're going to serve coffee, donuts, juice, and fruit. It will be mostly adults, so that's why we're doing coffee. Plus, another bonus is that he's in a much better mood in the morning. Also, he doesn't eat sugar, so this way, when he eats cake, the effects will be worn off by bed time! I'm excited! I'll let you know how everything goes!

Andria - posted on 07/19/2009

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The guests were all aged between 11 months - 18 months, so the party food was all bite sized and easy to chew. The theme was circles/round shapes, so there were lots of balloons, colorful balls (which I gave away as party favors) and the party food was round shapes. It was an hour and half long. That was long enough to get everyone together, blow out the candle, eat, play and open presents. The table was placed on crates so it was low enough for the children to stand and eat at. My brother took photos, so I could focus on Matteo. He was a bit overwhelmed when everyone sang Happy Birthday, but otherwise took it all in his stride. In hindsight I might have made the party half and hour later because he was still having his morning nap when the guests arrived! Was a very special day!

Brandy - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son turned one on the 5th. We had his party the following Sunday so we did not interfer with 4th of July plans. We had a carnival theme. I have 4 other children so it was fun for all. We rented a bounce house and a cotten candy machine. I hired a clown who did a 30 minute show and then made balloon animals for all the kids. He also made the adults get up and do silly things which the kids thought was so funny. I made a couple games for the kids like lucky ducky, ring the bottle, lollipop tree. We also had face painting and sand art. We ate corndogs and fries. It was so much fun. I knoe he won't remember it but we got lots of pictures and it was a really good reason to have a party and get all the family and friends together. Good luck!!

Brandee - posted on 07/17/2009

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We had a swimming party becuause Brandon's cousins and friends are all older.. Only one kid was younger (7 months old). The party went well.. It was Pooh themed, so we play Pin the Tail on Eeyore and decorated teddy bear cookies.. Brandon was not interested in opening gifts.. I had older kids volunteer and take turns opening them for him.. He did enjoy his cake.. Overall it was good.. I forgot to give out the party favors though.. We did most activities outside or in the garage with fans.. It was like 102 degrees that day, so if I had it to do again the presents and cake would be done inside.. I would also designate a friend to take pictures for me, so I could focus more in Brandon.

Kristin - posted on 07/10/2009

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Olivia really likes icecream and is not too fond of cake, so we ordered a cake for 30 people and then bought ice cream cups and had a little "make your own sundae" station that was a big hit! We had chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup available. The ice cream went better than the cake did and Olivia just loved it, she ate a whole cup by herself!!! She was a little overwhelmed by the amount of relatives there, she needed to be with either John or I to be comfortable. Opening presents went alright,but she was more interested in emptying the opened presents out of the bags. All in all it was a ton of fun! I handed the camera over to a few of the guests so that I could get in the pictures this time because I want in any of Jacob's 1st bday pics!

Bethany - posted on 07/10/2009

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My #1 tip- don't invite your guests over while baby is napping!!! My son came downstairs to a house full of people and was so scared that he was nervous and cranky for his whole party! (or maybe he just hates parties like his mother does!!! haha!)

The best part for me was that my son wouldn't even touch the cake that he was supposed to smoosh around and get all over himself! Everyone else was disappointed because babies are "supposed" to love to get all covered in cake but I was selfishly happy because I think it's so dumb... :~D

Katie - posted on 07/08/2009

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My son turned 1 yesterday we had a few friends and their kids round he loved it, everything went fine the kids enjoyed all his toys and the food. We played pass the parcel and sang happy birthday he had a great time, just wondered wat was happening wen everyone turned up. The only problem was i was hoping 4 nice weather so we could have the paddling and ball pool in the garden but it rained so it was a bit cramped.

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