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Sara - posted on 05/02/2010
My son is having 2 parties...One on his bday in Tennessee at my parents house & one in California a few days after his bday at our home. I think the party in Tennessee is going to be a swimming party with my parents, my husbands Mom, My brothers & sister & 4 nieces (maybe 5 by then, my sis in law is due 2 days after my sons bday), & some cousins & close friends....& the one in Cali (at our home) is going to be a smaller one with maybe his great grandparents & aunt & cousin and a few neighbors...not sure what theme we're going with for the one at our house. My hubby thinks Im crazy because Im already planning his parties and his bday is July 17th. lol. I got him the Gymboree shirt that says 1st birthday that hes going to wear when he has his bday pics made & Im going to let him play in his cake for the pics too... alot of studios will let you bring a cake for them to play in if you take a plastic table cloth to go under your baby so it dont mess up their stuff.
Barbara - posted on 04/28/2010
im also having a huge party for my little princess birthday im in the events industry so my friends would wonder if im not having something big lol her theme is going to be hello kitty she just love hello kitty i rented a indoor play area seeing that its winter, party packs lots of balloons kiddies table's and chairs with matching covers ill take lots of pic and show it to her when she is bigger
Cyndi - posted on 05/06/2010
I'm having a lakeside get together, on her birthday, through the week. Just going to tell everyone they are welcome to come. We will be there celebrating with gifts and cake while swimming and jet skiing. All are welcome, no regrets. We've had family we thought would be more involved, not be so involved, and those that feel like they cannot visit when others are around. This way, if somone doesn't show- oh well!! We are celebrating in our style- together!!
Cristina - posted on 05/05/2010
Nicola- I guess it depends on how many people you would invite to your townhome. Either way, you baby's first bday will still be very special. I kinda wish I was having a small bday party but my family is very big and I have to invite them all.
I can't wait to see all of the pictures that everyone will be taking that day! :)
Nicola - posted on 05/05/2010
I am planning a party for Christiaan. We know quite a few people and most would probably like to come. Unfortunately, we live in a small townhouse and I am not sure how much space there is going to be for everyone. I am considering renting a place but it just not the same as being at home for his 1st birthday. I guess, at the end of the day, we have to do what is best for our birthday boys and girls.
Steph - posted on 05/04/2010
We're hoping to have a small party for our daughter, both older children just had a small get together on theirs and I found it worked well. We hope to have some of his family and some of mine (not the whole extended family, but some that I am actually close to)... We plan to do purple and probably a penguin theme (as that is what animal she loves the most), even though it will be july (:
We are probably just going to do a small cake (helps me practice my new decorating classes), a finger food kind of meal (french fries, crackers, gerber foods, etc).
I would love to give her things like a DQ ice cream cake, but I think that's messy and just a bit too soon to be introducing ice cream for her. (Maybe her second b-day?)
Carrol - posted on 05/01/2010
they also have the disney princess stuff in 1st birthday for girls its really cute and im thinking about buying the candle for my nieces birthday lol
and osh kosh carters have a birthday boy bib and shirt (also in birthday girl) and i bought those for him to wear
the cars bib is plastic and the birthday boy one is fabric so my son wont be able to rip it
Carrol - posted on 05/01/2010
I am planning on doing a cars theme! wal mart has 1st birthday cars stuff, plates, cups, hats, bib, table cloth, candle,ballons, banner everything thats needed lol so ive already started buying stuff for it as its like 3.47 for a pack of 8 plates and so on so i pick something up everytime i go so that way its not a killer when july comes, also for the cake im getting it done at sobeys, and im getting a big cake with a cars theme on it for everyone to eat except my son, and then im getting him his own little cake with the cars theme on it as well so he can just dig in and enjoy his cake on his first birthday!
As for people im thinking about 20-30 people, friends and their babies and family, food im thinking of some veggies and dip, fruit trays, possibly either a bbq or ordering a party pizza or possibly both because i have picky friends and some family members lol
Im really exciting but I dont want my little man to get old :( i love him being little but so excited to see him gow up
Andrea - posted on 05/01/2010
I'm having the same problem. My immediate family is me, my mom, my aunt and uncle-that's it. My husband's immediate family is extended therefore with them and including our 3 friends that have kids that brings our guest list to 20 some people without inviting my cousins.
But when we got our daughter baptized, my cousins weren't invited because our house is so small and it was in October, so we weren't sure what the weather was going to be. Well my cousins were furious they weren't invited and at the same time, my MIL left early because she was mad there were too many people there so I'm stuck now but atleast my daughter's birthday is in the summer and everyone can be outside.
So I would love to say,"we're keeping it small this year until she's old enough to understand and actually enjoy it," but I know the same thing will happen again so I probably won't eventhough either way I won't be able to please everyone. I think I'm going to chance it, order the invitations that I found online for her grandparents, aunts and uncles then I'll send cousins and friends an e-mail or evite (it seems to be their invitation of choice these days anyway so they won't be offended getting one and if they do oh well they need to get over themselves. They're in their 40's and have to understand I'm now a stay-at-home mom and with only one income coming in my husband and I can only do so much).
Crystal - posted on 04/29/2010
My first sons birthday was about 30 people. We had invited more but they were unable to come. We stuck to the family of course & the friends we consider family. That isn't counting the kids either. We stuck with the wonderful one theme.
I plan to do the same with my second son, only I think he is going to have a dinosaur theme. =)
Christine - posted on 04/29/2010
I'm having 2 parties for my son. We will be in Cali about 2 weeks before his b-day so were having one there with our family and one when we get home with our friends here in Wa. Theyre both going to be about 30 people each.
We are doing a Princess Pool Party for my daughters 1st birthday. We are inviting family and friends, probably around 30 people or so. We plan on having a cookout, party and then swimming in the pool. Everything is going to be pink/white with lots of crowns and tiaras.
My husband and I decided to make cupcakes with one letter on each one that spells out Happy Birthday Henry....we will not be having a party because we do not live close to any of our families. We will however be celebrating Christmas on the August long weekend, so we will incorporate all the Summer birthdays into our Christmas celebration. I personally feel that big parties are unnecessary because the babies don't know what's going on anyway. I am looking forward to age 3, 4, 5 when Henry will atleast know what's going on.
Cristina - posted on 04/28/2010
Wow ladies I am loving all your ideas! I have to get started on my invites as well! Mielan I love the balloon theme and I also love Christine's fire truck theme! Kinda makes me want a boy lol. You guys are all goin to have to post pics of the party!
Jaye - posted on 04/28/2010
We are having a birthday celebration for my little one (Kamryn). I am leaning towards the "Princess and Frog" theme for now. As far as guests...I am hoping to keep it under 20 participants, mostly family and friends. We will probably just have a nice cookout in the backyard and do a video montage of her first year.
Christine - posted on 04/28/2010
our theme is going to be fire trucks!! he loves the color red!! we're giving out party favors for the kids.. im going to give all the kids a fire fighter hat along with the party favors... we're going to have an obstacle course (moonwalk) for the slightly older kids... and for the food..well its still up in the air.. we were thinking bbq.. something simple... but my step mother wants to make pasta and hot dogs for the kids and hot wings, brisket, chicken and other stuff for the adults... i think punk rock princess is cute!! sometimes i wish i had a girl!! but i love my baby boy!!! =)
Meilan - posted on 04/28/2010
Ziva loves a crowd, but we would have to invite too many guests to one party. So, she's having two. One with 30 guests and one with 50. I have a huge family and I'm very close to every single one of them, and so is Ziva. We're also inviting a few really good friends and their kids. All round Ziva's age.
Our theme will be balloons. We've already ordered lots and lots of balloons and we're getting a helium tank.
I've already made the invitations (they're out to get printed now). It's made of 11 small pics of Ziva growing up this first year and one big picture with her holding a big 1.
We're having a bbq on both parties. For the 'small' party we've ordered an ice cream cake and for the bigger party we've ordered a colourful three tiered birthday cake.
We're also having favours and special stuff for grandparents and godmother.
At the start we'll be offering guests champagne and other than that we'll have big tubs filled with all kinds of drinks. All self-service.
That's how far I got for now (nearly finished LOL). Can't wait for the parties!
One thing we just don't know is what to buy her as a birthday gift. We had a list with stuff we would like for her. But now everything from that list is going to be bought by someone who asked me what they could buy her. Any ideas?
Cristina - posted on 04/27/2010
Thanks ladies for responding! I agree with some of you about the big party because we have a big family too and im sure they would be offended if they weren't invited! :( Also the theme I was going for was punk rock princess lol. I already have the colors planned out and how the tables with look! Also i think i will have a jumper for the older kiddies. My colors will be hot pink, black, purple, and pale pink. Lots of colors lol. What about you mommies?
Jaime - posted on 04/27/2010
We are going to keep it small. Only people that he knows will be there, so that he can be the star, and be completely comfortable. Besides it is always a special day when he gets to see his grandparents, so I don't want him to be overloaded with a bunch of activity. After all, shouldn't it be about the birthday boy?
Bronwyn - posted on 04/27/2010
K is lucky in that she'll probably have 2 parties!! One at home here and one at my parents house, who live 3 hours away! It'll probably just be an afternoon party, basic party/nibble food for the adults, with a few close friends, and family at home. The other one will be just afternoon tea for all my family at my parents. No particular theme, but maybe a couple of pink and purple balloons and decorations.
Christina - posted on 04/27/2010
I am inviting lots of people. My family is very large and I know they will all want to be there. I read in a parenting magazine to keep the first birthday small, but I think lots of family would be offended, and they're only one once! What kind of themes are you guys thinking? I'm trying to plan my daughter's birthday and don't know what theme I'm going to choose.
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