Anyone planning a big 1st birthday celebration or are you keeping it simple and to the point?

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Alyn - posted on 03/11/2009

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I'm planning a big one, not because I want to, but because I have to. Just my side of the family is close to 20 people already. My husband's side is another 15. That's just our immediate family. On top of that, we are expected to invite all of our close relatives too. If we don't, they'll feel snubbed no matter what we say. We can't even have two separate birthday parties because my husband works every other weekend.

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Lana - posted on 03/25/2009

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Jasen's first birthday is Thursday the 26th. :o ) Im doing a family party here at our house this coming Saturday. We have invited aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and close family friends. It is a digger/dumptruck themed party ("I dig being 1"). We will have a few balloons,a birthday banner, and digging/truck themed goodies to hand out to our littlest of guests including plastic play hardhats, buckets and shovels, coloring books and crayons, and stickers. Im way excited!!

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2009

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i am afraid to turn her around lol , her party is saturday with her close family she doesnt like alot of ppl around so its just going to be immediate family. what time was you little one born Brooke was at 7:32 pm , and was 8lbs 9 oz 20 inches, i cant believe how big she was lol

Cheryl - posted on 03/25/2009

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I know how you feel :)  Our babies are exactly the same age.  I celebrated by turning her seat around today.  We're having her little party at her daycare today, then her family one on Saturday.  Poor thing won't know what hit her.

Cheryl - posted on 03/25/2009

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Jessica I love your picture of your daughter, she looks so great.  Is her birthday the 28th as well?

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2009

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were keeping it small just close family and to the point , My daughter doesn't like alot of stuff going on at once with alot of ppl .

Lori - posted on 03/25/2009

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My baby boy turned 1 on March 9th. We had a party on the 8th because it was on Sunday. My mother-in-law made a small cake for him to play with. My sister-in-law made a rabbit cake for the guest. My mother-in-law made punch too. We has pop corn,and chips. I bought 6 birthday ballons and steamers. Everyone had a great time, and my baby could have not been happier. Good luck hope this will help.

Cheryl - posted on 03/25/2009

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Charlotte's first birthday is coming up on Saturday.  Her grandparents have flown in from Vancouver for the event.  There's going to be around 20 people.



Absolutely it's about the adults, but because it's a celebration for the parents.  I really feel her Dad and I are celebrating "having made it".  We did it, she's awesome, and we did it with a lot of support, and for those people we're having this party.  So as much as we'd like to keep it small, we really wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported us during this year.  Without the family and friends around us it certainly would have been a lot harder.



Besides, since she's always in a track suit at daycare it was such an awesome excuse to go dress shopping for once :)

Nikki - posted on 03/24/2009

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We are actually having two parties for Brian who will be one on the 29th. We had one party on 15th for friends and the other party is this sunday the 29th for family. It is really hard to keep things small and simple when you have alot of family and friends who want to celebrate his big day with you. Next year will not be as big. At least I hope not. LOL!

Jenifer - posted on 03/24/2009

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I'm just having family over and doing dinner with cake of course, nothing fancy or anything, I agree it's mostly for the parents, the children don't even really know what it's all about yet. I think I will have everyone write down a very short version of their experience with her the first year and their thoughts about her and keep them until she is a teenager or going off to college and let her read them then.

Esh - posted on 03/24/2009

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we initially wanted a small one - just family and a few close friends as our son has gotten very clingy lately and can be people shy or throw tantrums with too much attention... but things have gotten a little outa hand and now i think the guest list is over 50... wer just having it in the park (so that the older children have things to play on) and made it a 'pack ur own picnic' thing so we dont have to cater for anything other then the cake...

Alanna - posted on 03/23/2009

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im having my daughters party on the 28th but shewil be one on da 26th...its not going to be too small but it not too big either....were having two cakes one for the guest and one baby cake just for her....some food...and alot of fam & friends...i hope it goes well

Stasi - posted on 03/23/2009

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We had his party yesterday. It was so much fun to see all of our friends & our friends' children. We had about 50 people - thank goodness the yard was ready on time.



It was totally low key - snacks, a little jumpy for the kids (we were able to borrow one from a friend) and of course cake. I'm very very happy with the outcome. Yay birthdays!

Soktheary - posted on 03/23/2009

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we kept it simple. dinner with the grandparents& homemade cake,

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my friend on the other hand, bought her daughter an expensive designer cake, had food catered, and threw a gigantic party with many guests under 5 running WILD. but- shes a wild person( neon eyeliner, mini skirts, big hair.. lol)

Kelly - posted on 03/22/2009

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We don't live near any family, so we invited all our neighbors over. They've been the ones next to us and seeing her out and about each day. It was great. It lasted about 1 1/2 hours--just perfect!

Ashley - posted on 03/22/2009

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We have invited several of our friends and family, but don't plan on having too big of a party.  We don't usually have good turn-outs for our 4 year old, so I'm not expecting too many people.  So it will probably be just family. 

Brooke - posted on 03/15/2009

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Its olivias birthday on 25th of this month and we are just having her cousins and family around with a few games and food

Samia - posted on 03/14/2009

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I think it all depends on your financial situation..... if you can go all out by all means go ahead. my delimma is i have a small living and dinning area and plenty of family. I am going to wait till summer to have it in the back yard so he run around with his friends

Marisa - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Alyn:

I'm planning a big one, not because I want to, but because I have to. Just my side of the family is close to 20 people already. My husband's side is another 15. That's just our immediate family. On top of that, we are expected to invite all of our close relatives too. If we don't, they'll feel snubbed no matter what we say. We can't even have two separate birthday parties because my husband works every other weekend.



We're in the same boat.  My husband has a very LARGE family.  We're renting out a hall, and getting a bouncy house to entertain all of the cousins.  Should be a lot of fun :)

Chrissy - posted on 03/12/2009

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I am planning a pretty big party, also because I kinda have to. Everyone is looking forward to Steven's 1st b-day because is considered one of the families "miracle" babies. We are going to the twon hall and having the gym open for all the other kiddies to play and having pizza and cake and ice cream. Not too big but big enough

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Hey Sarah, I have a Caleb too. :)  He will be one on the 27th.  We're having a small party.  Just inviting 3-4 families that are like family to us.

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2009

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We are keeping things toned down.  Just family over for a late lunch on Saturday with a few decorations (mainly balloons and happy b-day sign, because baby likes them).  I don't want to overstimulate Caleb because he can freak out if he feels uncomfortable.  I think I will keep the big party things for later in his like if he wants it.  Right now it is mainly for the family.

Kirsten - posted on 03/11/2009

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Our twins Dylan and Josh turned 1 on Monday...it was only their sister and mommy and daddy...we decided to keep it small because the first birthday is really for the parents...the kids don't understand that it is their birthday anyway...Big sister and I made a Braney cake which we all enjoyed...even the boys...lol!

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2009

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We are having people over and it will be standing room only, but it's just cake and ice cream and good times!!

Megan - posted on 03/11/2009

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We had our son's first birthday last Saturday. We just rented the Town Hall because we live in a small apartment. There were snacks foods and cake of course. Nothing to big. We just took our time eating, watching my son eat his cake, and opening gifts.

Jessica - posted on 03/11/2009

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We're going with simple.  We're talking him to an indoor gym place followed by dinner with all the grandparents. 

Alisabeth - posted on 03/11/2009

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We're keeping my son's 1st b-day small and unofficial.  I've been to some crazy first birthday parties, and you know that they are most likely for the parents, not the kiddo. 

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