what are you doing for the first birthday?
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Wendy - posted on 02/08/2010
Everyone says the 1st year is the one time you don't have to cater to other kids, so maybe take advantage of a small adult gathering? Unless you have too many kids in your family and you can't exclude them.
We're doing 'Balloon, Bouncy Balls and Bubbles" for my son's 1st birthday next month and he'll be the only child probably. I think the "magic" of LOTS of balloons and bubbles will make him feel special and it should be really exciting for him - more than Chucky Cheese or those type of themes and places, at this age. Also, balloons and bubbles should be cheap. Bouncy balls can come from the dollar store even, and he just started throwing balls.
Hope this helps!
Emma - posted on 02/10/2010
I am having family members and a couple of baby friend over for a little party, I am having it over 2 days though so it doesnt interfere with nap times etc.
I am having half over on the saturday and half on the sunday about 8 people each day.
I have got a banner and balloons and mickey mouse clubhouse theme cups, plates, tablecloth etc as its our daughters favourite!
I will do some nibbles sausage rolls, sandwiches etc and a mickey mouse birthday cake if I can get a design I think I can actuley make!!
I'm not doing too much as shes really not going to understand and I dont want to overwhelm her, she will just be happy to see her family!!
We are also not getting her a present as she had LOADS for x.mas and really doesnt need anything, the party is our present to her, she will get her presents off family so she will have something to open, although I have said no more toys as we do not have the space after all the ones she got for x.mas!!! :)
Rania Athanasiou - posted on 02/03/2010
I've eventually realised (after 3 kids) that the first birthday is for our benefit, not the child! So I'll have some family around, make/buy a cake all the cousins can pose for photographs and she'll be none the wiser! A small intimate birthday party!
Elysia - posted on 02/07/2010
im planning a party, but its beginning to get a little out of hand we already have 60ppl on the guest list and thats just our close friends and their kids that we see on a regular basis and a few family members. This may seem a little excessive but they r all his little friends that we hang with on the weekend and go to cricket and play dates with so im not sure i can cull this number, just not sure where to host it as we have no yard just a court yard and the children range in age from newborn to 10yrs, any ideas or advice would b much appreciated
Michaela - posted on 02/07/2010
I think it is completely up to you. Honestly at this age they have no idea what all the fuss is about. For my 2 1/2 year olds 1st birthday we did something with just our immediate family (me, my husband, and my 2 stepsons) because we had just moved and didnt have any family or friends close by. We went to an indoor playground as a family and we all played with him. He had fun taking turns with each of us going down the slides and climbing around. After he took an afternoon nap we helped him open presents and let him dig into his cake. It was a really nice family celebration that he enjoyed and made me feel like I made his day special.
For my baby girls birthday I am planning a fairy party with loads of my friends. There were alot of us who had babies in a 2 month time frame so we have formed a pretty close circle. I also have a lot of other friends that I want to share this special day with since they have watched her grow for the past year. However, I do plan on doing some special activity with just our immediate family also.
Kate - posted on 02/07/2010
I am doing a sports theme bday for my little Ryan! I originally wanted a Choo Choo train party, but couldn't find anything other than Thomas the train stuff...and that didn't have matching invites. So I have all the plates, cups and decorations for the sports theme, Wrote out the time, place and date using sports themes such as ...Date-"Season Opener" : March 6th...Time-"First Pitch": 12noon....Place-"Home Plate": our address..etc etc. I want to get balloons in the shapes of footballs, soccer balls and baseballs. All I have to do is figure out what to do with favours, although I do know I will put them in a popcorn box! There are 5kids coming, rangin in date from 19mos to 9yrs old. We are serving "game fair" stuff like hotdogs, hamburgers, piggies in a blanket and chips and dip! Of course I gotta find a good cake...its gotta feed 12 adults and 5kids, okay 6 if I actually count Ryan!
What ever you decide, its your decision! I am sure what ever you come up with, it will be great!
Momma Of 4 - posted on 02/07/2010
My son name is Van, and through our naming process, we didn't even realize his initals were VW. So, were making him a VW hippy Van for a cake! I know he's only 1, but I promised myself I would decorate EVERY cake! (I'm the cake lady hahah). Everything is going to be blue and have family and close friends, the ones with kids or babies. Our house is too small this year, so we can't fit everyone, so we have to plan on having it somewhere else.... Anyone doing goodie bags????
Leanne - posted on 02/07/2010
Im only doing a small family thing for my daughters first birthday, we went over board with our oldests first birthday party and she doesnt remember it at all. So im going to save up all the excitement for when she is older plus my oldest is also 5 in march and itll be her first party since her first birthday so alot of planning is going into it.
Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010
not actually sure what where going do to either for my first son we spent bout $300 on food and presents did the whole thing all friends and family, but at the end of the day they don't really know what its all about dont think my daughter will get much this time and I know we wont be spending much money might just do the family thing or just have a really quiet bday take her to see the zoo, buy a bday cake and a bottle of wine for me. good luck with the dilema
Renae - posted on 02/06/2010
I really want a big party for my baby's first birthday. I didn't have birthday's growing up so I am super excited about it! But our house is too small for a big party and especially if I invite all of the babies from playgroup. Then last week as I was locking up the community centre after playgroup, I had a brainwave, I am hiring the playgroup room and having his party there! Plenty of space, kitchen facilities, outdoor playground for bigger kids, perfect! His party is in 3 weeks. I cant wait! I still haven't decided what sort of cake I am making???
Kayla - posted on 02/06/2010
We are doing a simple little celebration with family (which will be like 25 or so)! Nothing too big and fancy, since she won't really remember or even understand what is going on. We are having a lady bug cake...since her nickname is Lilly Bug!!! Not sure if we'll give her her own cake or just cut a piece off for her or even just give her a cupcake?!!! Not sure about that yet!!! I just want the people who are closest to us and her to celebrate her 1st year!!! Your baby will love whatever you choose to do!!!
Carol - posted on 02/06/2010
I was going to take his to chuck-e-cheese- but its like 'what fun is a baby going to have there?' last time i went I ended up giving my tickets up to some kid so I couldn't get my son anything. So I'll just do a small party. You can go to places like Stater Brothers, Albertsons, Vons/Safeway, and get a free cake for their first birthday but you have to buy a sheet cake. I really haven't thought of his theme, its between a Prince and Jungle theme and Dinosaurs so I haven't decided.
Niccy - posted on 02/06/2010
we're just having a private 'party' at home, making it look nice for her with balloons and a little party food, but not formally inviting anyone. her birthday falls on a thursday, and many people will be working until 5:30 and she's in bed by 7:30, but they'll be made welcome if they choose to visit her. my partner and i have booked the day off work to be with her, but in all honesty i doubt we'll do much. sounds awful doesnt it? it'll be a different story when shes older!
Isabel - posted on 02/05/2010
I'm having a small party for my twins, at home, with family and a few close friends. We will have some "adult" nibbles, but also a few new treats for the twins. I'm planning on having an icecream cake for them! First time to have icecream, so that should be interesting!
Hope all goes well for you.
Wenhsin - posted on 02/05/2010
We r having a Barney theme bday party for my daughter. She loves barney for some reason, everytime when we look for barney party stuff online alwasys makes her laugh and giggle...lol My lovely husband is going to pretend barney for the barney as well :)
Monique - posted on 02/05/2010
I am having a party themed with WonderPets since my little boy loves to watch them. I rented a building because its going to be family & friends. We have BIG family and lots of friends with babies! Im Just unsure about activities to entertain the kids..
Christine - posted on 02/03/2010
I am having a little party for my little girls first birthday, There is a website called first wishes that has alot of party decoration ideas. The prices arent to bad either. I am going with the ladybugs since that is what I always call her.
Helisa - posted on 02/03/2010
I am just taking family and a few friends out to lunch/early dinner for my baby's birthday. no theme, except for the italian restaurant lol the restaurant knows we are coming, and is allowing us to bring a cake. It should be fun!! My apartment was too small for a party, so this seemed like a good option.
Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010
I'm having a party at a playpad. My daugher was born in August and she always gets a pool party in the backyard so... because it's winter, i can't do that for my son...
I always make their cakes. My daughter's 1st bday was a dolphin, second Ariel Princess. My son's 1st bday cakewill be a 3D train. he LOVES trains.
After I priced it out.. the playpad came in at the same amount I spend on my daughter's parties anyway and I really have nothing to do! Our guest list is usually always about 30 people. 15 kids and about 15 adults.
Melanie - posted on 02/03/2010
We're going to Disney World!!! The inlaws are bringing us to Orlando for the week before Killian's 1 year birthday to celebrate with them, and then be back in time to celebrate with my side of the family on his actual birthday.
We're not doing anything big back home, just being together with the family.
I don't think there's a set "right thing to do." Just do what feels best for you and your family. :)
Janelle - posted on 02/02/2010
I'm having a party with no real theme, but will get pink plates, cups, balloons, streamers etc. Am making finger foods that the children can eat, but mainly for the adults. Having mainly just family and a few of her little friends. I figure we will have years of parties where she will choose her theme. Her favourite toys are her stacking cups, so not really a theme. Am making her a cute cake in the shape of the number one with a pink teddy. Hope it works. Although she does like her duck, guess I could go down that route?!?!?!
Cam is having a playdate with mommies and his big sister's friends, whom have siblings his age. Cupcakes, fruit & homemade pizza. I was going to do a 1st boy b-day theme-just like his sister's but she had a girl 1st b-day theme with rubber ducks.
Marisol - posted on 02/02/2010
Planning to do a butterflies and flowers themed party with primary colors of pink and purple. Only having the family over at my house which will be about 30 people. Was thinking about having a small cake in the shape of a flower for her and the larger cake in the shape of a butterfly for the guests.
Kathy - posted on 02/02/2010
it has been a long 101/2 mo. i too have been thinking of planning my fourth and last child's 1st b-day . i suppose family and close friends . a special cake for him to stick his hands in . i can't wait . i think i will celebrate for myself too . like i said it has been a long year. i am one of the march 09 mom's whoose baby will not sleep all night yet .
Aundraya - posted on 02/02/2010
I'm going to do a party in the park, and (depending on the weather) it might be a water themed party with bubbles or something. I'm going to bake my little girl her own cake so she can dig into it. I can't wait, and I can't believe it's next month. It really does seem like this year has flown by.
Breanna - posted on 02/02/2010
I'm going to have a mini cake made to look like his favorite luvey (stuffed bunny-bear) so he can dig in. Also having chic-fil-a nuggets, veggies and fruit, and I'm going to give each child a balloon with a little stuffed animal tied to the ribbon to hold it down so they can play with it. We'll keep it simple with bubbles and such, and just family and close friends - maybe 20 people (I wish it could be smaller but there is too much family!)
Wendy - posted on 02/01/2010
My daughter LOVES winnie the pooh. So planning to have a pooh cake just for her then a cake for the family. Planning to invite lots of friends and family to her party. We've had lots of support from our friends and family all year and I want everyone to see how much our little one has grown & how beautiful she is. My daughter doesn't need toys or clothes, (still have plenty from the shower & hand me downs) so I plan to add on the invite that gifts are not needed, we just want everyone to celebrate our little miracle with us. She may not remember this day, but I want it to be special. We have a large family. We live in South Louisiana so we are planning to have everyone come out to the local park because our home is so small. Planning for a fruit tray & meatballs/cocktail weenies.
Tracy - posted on 02/01/2010
I'm planning on having, like most everybody else, a princess party. I'm really looking forward to it because it's a celebration of "she made it! She's a year old!" after we almost lost her. I'm planning something pretty big. Everything is going to be Dark pink, light pink, medium purple, and white...with some princess inuendo here and there. Lol. There's gonna be a big cake for everybody and a giant cupcake for her to destroy. Lol.
Steph - posted on 02/01/2010
i am planning a little tea party with other mums with children from my local baby group & going out for a meal with our family. I would advise you not to spend to much money as they will not remember it or really understand it. Hope this helps
Amber - posted on 02/01/2010
I had a princess party in pink and white for my oldest daughter and im gonna do a puple and white princess party for brenley. I ordered the 3d castle cake and the carrage for her cake to tear into. We rented one of those bouncers for all the kids to play in and invited all the friends and family that wanted to come. We cook hot dogs and just hang out at the house. We have a pinata and a big swing set and pony rides. It cost us about 200 dollars but the only turn 1 once and its more of a memorable thing for the parents than anything else. Bailey had over 100 people at her party and im sure brenley will have the same.
Angel - posted on 01/31/2010
i have no idea yet either i got a couple ideas online but im not sure on what to do loli know ive planned so far im gonna get her a little cake just her size and let her have at it. then imma get a big cake for family and friends. im thinkin imma do a Diva bday party bc she is a diva haha!
Liz - posted on 01/29/2010
I'm having a party for my twin boys at my parents house. I'm just inviting family...I don't want to overwhelm the boys too much. We're also having a Sesame Street themed party.
I'm thinking of also just having a small little something where we can celebrate the boys bday with our close friends that live near me.
Samantha - posted on 01/29/2010
im doing a sesame street themed birthday and im making one main cake for tycen to do what he wasnt with it and cup cakes for the guests and just going to use alot of primary colors for decorations. if u have an idea of what type of theme u want to do or what tv / book characters your child likes take it from there and go on google and see what types of party suppies are available, good luck!!
Chantelle - posted on 01/29/2010
Hi im having a party with a little ptincess theme, baking an little princess cake and every thing is little pricesses and pink.
im actually so nervous for tha day and hope everything will go according to plan
:) hope u find ur idee
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