First Birthday Party

Jackie - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Is anyone thinking about a first birthday party for their child? My daughter just turned 10 months old and she has many baby friends that just turned one. We've been invited to Gymboree parties with the babies and also to family birthday parties....up to like 50 people with a theme and everything!! I bet a ton of money were spent on those parties, too. Now, I think I need to start thinking/planning one for my daughter. Any ideas???

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Cyndi - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter will be one in June and I definitely want some kind of party. I'm thinking the theme 1st birthday because I can always do Dora the Explorer or Princess some other year, but this will be the only "1st birthday". Lots of cute decorations for that. I would like to have her grandparents and maybe some other family, but nothing huge.

Raechelle - posted on 04/05/2010

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Go to birthdayexpress.com they have just about everything you need and ship it right to your door for pretty good prices. I always order from there, it's just so convienent for busy moms.

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Samantha - posted on 07/12/2013

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Planning your child’s party is completely dependent on what budget you have. If you have a big budget, even you could throw a fabulous party or else host a small family and friends get together. Your baby wont bother how much you spent, because she is too young to understand the significance.

Alisha - posted on 04/16/2010

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just keep it a small friend/family affair at home with food! baby wouldnt know a difference. take lots of pics!

Jessica - posted on 04/15/2010

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We've decided to do a "shindig" for my daughter. she will be 1 on 6/12. We know someone who runs a farm and they do petting zoo's, moon bounces, theres a grill, tables, the works. since we know them, they are doing everything for $100 (as opposed to 400-500). To us, it's more about the memories. I am a scrapbooker, so though she may not remember it 1st hand, she can "relive" it through her book! Not to mention, there's nothing cuter than a baby covered in cake and icing! lol! =)

oh and raechelle... thanks for the birthdayexpress.com suggestion! That's a great deal! =)

Krista - posted on 04/15/2010

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I'm putting a party together for Kyla, but nothing over the top, she is only 1 afterall, and I don't want her to be over stimulated, and grouchy!!! Probably just a small get together for a couple of hours, probably 15-20 people (adults and children) with a bbq and cake. Because we are Canadian, it's Canada Day on the 1st of July (Kyla's birthday is June 30), so we'll probably go down to the local park and enjoy fireworks as a family!

WENDY - posted on 04/15/2010

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for Jasmine we're doing backyard bbq with firends and family. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme. check out orientaltrading.com they have great prices and lots of themes.

Jennifer - posted on 04/14/2010

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We are having Scott's birthday party at our local park. It will actually probably be pretty big because we have lots of family and friends!!! The more the better since he will only be one once!!

Stephanie - posted on 04/12/2010

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my advice: do it simple!!! babies cannot appreciate big parties, they may just get scared and overwhelmed. We just had the grandparents around for our son's first birthday and it was just wonderful. Enough time for each of us to enjoy the baby on his first birthday, just a few presents and enough peace and quiet to play with them. when I look at the pictures of his birthday - we all look very happy!

Jaclyn - posted on 04/11/2010

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i have been thinkin bout this since march low funds, i am making his decorations myself ( a bit of an artist) i was goin to make my own cake but dad said no he wants to buy it. i was going to do underwater theme bcuz he loves baths n water but that 1st bday theme sounds cute too. both themes i kno r at dollor store. im doin it at the park i dont want my house gettin trashed. havin b/n 20 n 25 ppl including parents gettin a pool back at the house n havin snacks since it will b held b/n lunch n dinner then will go out to eat as a family ( some restraunts give ya special things too, where ever u can get somethin for nothin right?) I want it to b fun n no huge expectations, its bout him n he wont get upset if not perfect so y should i?

Jaclyn - posted on 04/11/2010

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i say hes birthday is on this day n if they give presents dont open till his special day if they want to "come over" n they r not allowed to invite anyone to ur house eaither stay strong now ur mom! otherwise it will get worse! think bout his next bday or first day of school graduation, the controling will never stop if u dont stand tall now!

Jaime - posted on 04/11/2010

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I've been thinking about this day since she was born. Ever since I started planning her nursery everything was all about ladybugs so that's going to be our theme. I want to stick with all red and black. I'm super excited about it but don't have all the details together yet. It's not going to be huge but not super small either I know she's not going to remember it but I think it's an important milestone to celebrate and I'm excited.

Lisa - posted on 04/11/2010

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I'm doing a larger party with family and friends together. I did two separate parties for my sons first birthday (he's December, so I can't do it outside) and it was way to chaotic.
I'm doing a Teddy Bear Picnic theme, making the invites and cake myself, and since everyone has to bring their teddy's there's the decorations! We're not doing a bbq, but will have snacks.
I'm excited for it!! Is anyone else wondering where the past year has gone?

Kayse - posted on 04/11/2010

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My baby will be one on June 5th and I am also doing what Cyndi is doing, the Number 1 Theme bc it is only once and theyre are alot of cute ones I have mine picked out, Were grilling out and its family and friends I wanted a BIG one at first but then decided that we can have BIG ones and EXTRAVAGANT ones later when he will remember them and have more fun bc more than likely he will eat and then take a nap and we will have to wait on him to wake up to don present so were not doing nbothing BIG!!!

Nicola - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son is 10 months also.June 5th baby....

I so know what you mean, although Riley does not have many baby friends as i dont live close to friends who have babies.

I started planning yesterday, so far my budget is $250.this includes presents.

I have booked a bouncy castle, and plan to have his cousins and my family, plus few friends who live far, with pick food and music and toys which i have also hired from kidstoyhire.co.nz. and just have a fun!!!!

Ps love the theme idea

Keeshea - posted on 04/05/2010

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My husband and I are starting to plan for our son's 1st birthday (6/16). We were thinking about having a pool party with the "surfs up" theme. But my folks are not to trilled with the idea. They are concerned about someone drowning. They said that if we are going to have a pool party then they will not come. They will celebrate his birthday the week before. They are always negative and want to control everything! So, I'm not sure what we are going to do

Gina - posted on 04/04/2010

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I plan on having a party for my daughter. I don't plan on making it huge but making her a little cupcake and presents. I think surrounding a child with loved ones on their birthday is great.

Monica - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son will be one on June 3rd and he absolutely adores Thomas the Tank engine so I am going to try and do a thomas type theme or at least trains...it works out great though because thomas already has a big number 1 on him...lol...just keeping it kinda low key family&a few friends, BBQ, cake & ice cream...the few kids that might be there are all under the age of 2 so games isnt a big thing on my list...i'll prob even try a pot luck type lunch to make it a bit cheaper for meas cash is pretty tight...
I dont think a big blow out is really neded for a first b-day, I think its one of those b-days thats more for the family to celebrate than the little one, just remember to have fun and dont stress about it...

Melissa - posted on 04/04/2010

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I have started to look for ideas and began planning for my daughters birthday. I have to do two parties since my family and close friends from back home are 3 hours away, and the other family and friend are here. I am only inviting family and close friends who have young children to my daughter's party. I am going to do a theme but only buying the high chair kit, balloon, and maybe one or two more things with the actual theme on them. I am going to get plates, napkins, utensils at the dollar store. I also purchased things from the goodie bags there (bubbles, bath puppets, and squishy water balls the kids can play with in the tub or pool) and these are items that the children that are a little older that will be coming can play with too. The site www.birthdaydirect.com has the most reasonable prices that I've seen so far. You can make of a lot of decorations yourself...like if you do a ladybug theme you could get cups and draw black dots on them, or use construction paper and make ladybugs, or around the food table buy green easter grass and put around the food. I am making my own invitations and banner on my computer and also plan on doing a cookout type thing at our home since it is summer time and the kids can play in a sprinklers and things outside as well. My friend is also making the cake for my daughter, and for everyone else I am just making cupcakes. I do want it to be nice because it is her "first" and have done so for other holidays as well but I'm not going to spend a fortune on it because she is only one. Enjoy this milestone and have fun with it!

Elizabette - posted on 04/04/2010

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I plan on doing the BIG first birthday. I mean it's her first one I want to give her a party to look back on and see how many people were excited and supportive through a very rough (but amazing) first year. You gotta do what's fits your families needs. I am copying the theme from her baby shower so I can reuse some decor. And using a public park so I don't have to worry about where all the guest (bounce house and pony rides) will fit. Enjoy it mama it should be a great day of celebration.

Sheree - posted on 04/04/2010

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I agree with Madeline, i think its silly to have a "party" for a 1 year old, but in saying that we are having our daughter's naming day on her first birthday. But it is only close family and friends going, a total of 15 people including me, my hubby and daughter.

Emma - posted on 04/03/2010

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We started thinking of our son's birthday party. And sadly came up with having to do it at our townhouse clubhouse. Our house is too small to fit everyone that should be coming to it. We aren't inviting everyone we know, but that still leaves alot of important people we should be inviting. We aren't planning on having a huge bash, but honestly so many people were involved with me having this baby lol and our family dynamics have changed so much a party this year at the beginning of summer is what people need.

So here is what we are doing. The party is for mid afternoon, no lunch or dinner being served. Cake, snacks, drinks etc. No theme, as just having enough napkins and cups plus decorations and goodie bags are going to be expensive no matter what. So whatever I can get at the dollar store, walmart will do.

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Personally, i think throwing a huge party for a 1 year old is stupid, wasteful and way more about Mum than Baby. Having said that, a small gathering of Baby's relatives and close friends of Mum & Dad at home, or at Grandma's, with a few presents, a cake and a low key atmosphere sound great to me. You can still have a theme. That's what I will be doing (twice, one with each side of the family) in a couple of months, because I would be disappointed if we didn't do something.

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I'm doing a family, close friend based party for my son. I'm weird about public places like that due to how many children go thru there a day (germs && illnesses). I'm doing a slipnslide/pool/sprinkler party/bbq type thing since it is summer :). I want it to be as fun & stress free for everyone as it can be.

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