Baby's 1st Birthday

Lyssa - posted on 06/05/2010 ( 75 moms have responded )

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Baby's 1st Birthday is coming up fast. Have you started planning yet? Are you doing a big party or just a small one? What themes have you decided?


We are doing Alex's party at the zoo and it's going to be monkey themed since his nickname and favorite toys are monkey's. Getting a lot of feedback from others about how he's not going to remember his 1st birthday so there's no need to throw such a big party. Anyone else getting feedback from family and friends about this?

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Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2010

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I have had my son's 1st birthday planned the day i found out i was pregant with him, i started getting thing's about a month ago, it will be easier on the pcket closer to the birthday instead of going out and getting everything at once, but you can get plates and decoration's at dollarama, it'll cut cost there and you can get the food at lococo's or costco (depends on were you live. have fun planning but don't go to over board they wont remember this one

Lori - posted on 06/10/2010

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We have decided to do a BBQ for family and friends (which totals over 100 people) for Kaitlyn's first b'day which is the end of July. We are keeping the theme simple. Everything will be white and pink and getting dishes that say 1st Birthday for the cake. I don't feel it is necessary to go crazy but want everyone who is important to us to be part of her day.

Stacey - posted on 06/10/2010

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We are having the babies first birthday party at pump it up. I know she won't remember it ,but I will and the other four kids I have. We went to pump it up and she had so.. much fun sliding down the slide on my lap. They have little bikes for babies to ride.Her birthday is July 14th it is so hot to have it outside and my house can't hold alot of people. We can't wait. First birthdays are so special to us.

Jacey - posted on 06/10/2010

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i think some of my family will probably say the same, he wont remember it etc, but you know what? he only turns one once! and it really is celebrating the baby and the first yr of life is tough, for babies and parents, celebrate the accomplishment! liam was also brought home july 4th, born on the second and we're doing mickey mouse i think, he loves mickey! i was thinking about doing it at a zoo but its kind of pricey in my area so im going to do it at a relatives house.

Susan - posted on 06/10/2010

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It doesn't matter if they don't remember their first birthdays, its a celebration for us too since we gave birth on that day! We will have a party with our closest friend, it might be more for the adults but our little girl will have her friends around her and lots of pressies and yummy food!

Annette - posted on 06/10/2010

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Big Party here...my baby was born 1lb 7oz, 2 mths early...I am celebrating her life, my joy and everything in between. So what she won't remember it, everyone that loves her will and besides tomorrow is never promised, celebrate today.

Chantelle - posted on 06/10/2010

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i dont care if my child won't remember her first birthday because i plan on throwing her the bigest and the bestest day for her as far as she knows it has a day not a birthday but at least she will be so happy on her first day (birthday), can't wait to see her happy reaction and i can't wait to spoil her she will be so happy and i can not wait to share such a beautifull day with her :D



no idea what we will be doin for theme wise and what not just so excited, can't wait to start shopping !! i'm sure she will love any kind of theme we pick out for her

Laura - posted on 06/10/2010

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This is why they made Camera's and Camcorders to record the memories for all our little ones....Even though they themselves won't remember the special thoughts will be visual for when they get older! At least that's how I feel.

Yeah My little girls is going to be 1 on the 1st of July so we are doing it on the weekend of the fourth...Since she loves Mickey Mouse NOT minnie.... Mickey that is going to be her theme...and also 4th of July colors!! awesome.!!!

Valerie - posted on 06/10/2010

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I am thinking friends and family..bbq outside and bring out her little swimming pool! Butterfly theme for the cake and decorations because her nickname is "butterfly eyes"...

Ashley - posted on 06/10/2010

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I am doing Kyla's 1st Birthday at a park. It is going to be very big. The theme is going to be mini mouse. My family always makes the first the biggest

Felicia - posted on 06/10/2010

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My husband says "why spend a bunch of money on their 1st b-day when they won't even remember it?"

So to make both of us happy I get to do a few things I wanted and we are having a small party at the park in our neighborhood with friends. Our families live to far away.

Her theme is Tinkerbell cause I love tinkerbell. Lol! I can't remember when I started planning this but it was at least a couple months ago. I am so excited!

Dawn - posted on 06/09/2010

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We're going to do something big, our little one is the last one, and we'll never have a 1st birthday for one of our children again. Not sure on a theme or anything like that, but going to make it a big deal. We're having bets on how he's going to react to his cake.

Kristin - posted on 06/09/2010

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I always thought that 1st birthday parties were a waste. But we're in the Marshall Islands, where surviving until 1 year is a big deal (like Hawaii), and we're expected to do a party. Also, there have been a lot of changes in the 1st year. The first birthday is like a transition from babyhood to toddlerhood. So it is a big deal. You can celebrate with lots of friends and family, or just have a little celebration, but I think it's worth some kind of celebration. I've been reading about first birthdays, and how it's important to make is fun for the baby, i.e. have the party when baby is well rested, like in the afternoon after a nap. And I'm not going to do a long party. Maybe 2 hours in the afternoon, at the beach because he LOVES the water and the sand. And of course activities and games for the kids of all ages that are going to be there.

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I'm throwing a big party mostly cause I want to. I will remember it and think back with fond memories of the big day. But also because me son turns 4, 3 days after her so I'm throwing a big party for the 2 of them. The bigger the better, birthdays are special at any age.

Kate - posted on 06/09/2010

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We had a first birthday party for my three year old. We said it was to celebrate surviving the first year of parenting him. The theme was "red" because that was his favorite color, so we asked everyone to wear red to the party. We held it at our house and grilled. I still remember it and my sone enjoys looking at the pictures and hearing stories about it.

My daughter will be 1 in July, so I have started thinking of the theme for hers. We'll have it at home again and invite neighbors, friends, and family like we did with our son. I am thinking the theme will either be candy or cupcakes, but haven't ironed out the specifics. If we go with candy, I will have a shirt made for her with a candy theme and decorate the cake with candies. If cupcakes, I wil have cupcakes at the party and also do a shirt consistent with that theme.

I think a monkey theme sounds cute!! Go for it, you'll have fun celebrating.

Christina - posted on 06/09/2010

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My little girl will be 1 on July 3rd. So we are having a party at my house, with family and some close friends. Probably about 35 people, so not a hugh bash. But I think that it is a big deal, I know she won't remember, but I always will. Our theme is more just 1st B-day. She will pick the princess theme or cartoon when she is older. But it is whatever you want to do and feel is right. Don't let anyone make you feel silly about it. You celebrate the day how ever you like...that's my opinion anyway.

Joshua - posted on 06/08/2010

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In some ways I kinda like the big party idea, Im one of those people that invite everyone so no ones feeling get hurt. But I've learnt the it gets very expensive this way. There's alot of people that i want there because I don't know how many more of my son's birthdays they will be here for. My son's birthday is right after the 4th of July so thats our theme, and I started planning when he was around 6 months old. because its in July and everyone has vacation plans... so I gave them lots of time.

Michelle - posted on 06/08/2010

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waooo I just remember my little Angel's bday is coming up too...really soon, Im not ready yet!!!!

Laura - posted on 06/07/2010

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The party is more for the parents and family/friends to celebrate the baby's first year of life. We're having a big party with a bouncy house for the older kids, slip-n-slide and a big sprinkler. It's Sesame Street themed since my baby boy loves his Elmo! I've had some family say it's pointless because he won't remember it, but like I said, it's more for the parents. We weren't really able to celebrate his birth with everyone when he was born, so this is that celebration! His other birthdays will be much smaller than this one, though. :)

Patricia - posted on 06/07/2010

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I am doing an elmo and abby cadabby birthday them. My one is turning one July 5th and my niece is turning two July 8th so we are doing their parties together. I think it is gonna turn out really well.

Michelle - posted on 06/07/2010

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I've gotten a lot of comments from people telling me not to spend a lot of money or go overboard because he won't remember any of it. Well, I look at it as it's my money and my son's party. They can do as they want with their kids but this is my first baby and my plans include about 60 guests at a nice cookout with just hamburgers/hotdogs. Renting a jump castle for the older kids. It is all for the pictures and I know the more I do/plan the more stress I'll have, but its ok with me!! I say go all out!!

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That sounds like a fun birthday. It really depends on your family size on how large the party will be. I have a small family and only a close knit group of friends will be attending my daughters. BUT my boyfriend has a huge family and I think over 30 of his family members alone will be coming. His mom is already trying to get me to hire a caterer and everything! Don't let others tell you what to do. it's up to you. First birthday party sizes are also very cultural as well. In hawaii they throw 1st birthday parties in ballrooms. It's tradition from when the "white man" first came to hawaii and gave them the common cold which killed many native hawaiians and it was rare when a baby made it to their first birthday back then, so it was a big deal. I mean it's a party for you and your family to celebrate your child's first year.

Nickole - posted on 06/05/2010

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The party is mostly for you guys and great pictures. We have a 2 year old and threw a big party for him for his 1st and everyone loved it. The pictures and getting together with everyone is what its all about, big or small. Unless you are being financially irresponsible spending money that you don't have or something like that I say do it!! For Benny's 1st we are going to do a big pool party at our house.

Kaytlyn - posted on 06/05/2010

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My daughter was brought home from the hospital the fourth of July 2009. So with her 1st birthday party we want to throw her a BIG BASH! We are going to cookout, swim, and do fireworks. I want to go all out for her. I know she won't remember this but I will. I am super excited and nervous. I just want it to be super perfect just for my Lilly Bugg!!!

Melissa - posted on 06/05/2010

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My husband thinks that it's silly to throw a big first birthday bash for a baby but it's tradition in my family. So we're compromising and just doing a small party with family.

It's true that hereally won't remember anything about the party but it will be fun to show pictures/videos down the road when he DOES understand. In my opinion, first birthday parties are a really great excuse to get friends and family together so that you can show off what your little ones have accomplished in their first year! Enjoy the time spent with loved ones and know that even if he won't remember it...he's sure to have a good time! :)

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