1st birthday plans and ideas
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Laura - posted on 01/26/2009
For Ian's first birthday we are going to have our family and friends bring yarn instead of tons of toys. Then we are going to take Ian to the senior center to donate the yarn for the seniors who knit. Seniors love babies and little children. It brings a smile to their face and we want Ian to be a joy to others. We want to start the habit of donating for birthdays instead of it being about getting stuff.
For future birthdays and more ideas...
Toy donation to Ronald McDonald House
Blankets and food for the animal shelter
Canned food for the local food pantry
Clothing for children's advocacy center
Teddy bear collection for the police dept. (they give them to children for comfort)
Abigail - posted on 01/25/2009
really your baby is one year old huni, they don understand whats happening, why not
just go to a park you wouldn't normally go to, or a picnic with various friends and family, i have three children an d have slowly leanrt that if you give them partys from a young age, the idea gets bigger and bigger as they do!! it ends up costing a fortune!
Laura - posted on 01/25/2009
I haven't given it much thought yet, except that I'm not going crazy like I did for my daughther's. Well that is what I say now but come May I'll probably be driving all over town looking for the perfect cake or some such nonsense. ;)
To Kim W.- I had a hotel party for my daughter's 12 birthday and it was actually one of the cheapest and easiest parties that I have ever hosted. We stayed at an Embassy suites hotel which essentially gave us two rooms for the price of one. I think it was under $120 for the room which is less than a bowling party or even a home party with activties and crafts etc. My mom stayed as co-chaperone so we hung out in one room while the kids had fun in the other. Plus the kids had a blast and burned off energy in the hotel pool so there was no need to worry about having alot of activities to keep them busy. Only thing I would do differently would be to request a room on the ground/first floor. We had somebody below us who complained that the girls were WALKING around too much at 8:30pm.
Renee - posted on 01/23/2009
Glad that others are already thinking about this :-) The only theme I thought of was Cinco de Mayo (since Baby's birthday is so close), but that's quite an adult theme! No toddler margaritas here! Anyway, I probably won't go too overboard with a theme.
Cheryl - posted on 01/21/2009
I'm thinking about doing a Winnie the Pooh themed party for my twin girls. Depending on how our money is I may be making the invites and I am going to be baking their cake myself. I'm thinking of inviting some of their little friends and their older cousins to the party.
Kim - posted on 01/21/2009
I think we'll bring it back to basics with my little guy. We have always gone overboard with my ten year old daughter and it gets very expensive and she is to the point where she expects each year to be bigger and better. She expects a limo and a hotel for her 11th birthday....not happening. So for Noah we have decided to have immediate family with a homemade cake and ice cream. We even decided to have it on his actual birthday which will land on a Tuesday night. I think huge parties for a one year old can be overwhelming and could actually put stress on the baby. For us it will be short and sweet. My husband is making a football cake.
Kerry - posted on 01/20/2009
I had my first and only son, I have 3 daughters and not sure what kind of theme to have for his birthday. I want it to be special for my special guy. I'm used to throwing parties for girls. Any suggestions??
I had a Teddy Bear Picnic for my first sons bday party because we had lots of girls in the family and it was a theme they could get into as well. Everyone brought their teddy and i supplied stuff to dress them up - hats glasses flowers, from craft shop. and we had lots of teddy food - biscuits etc. It was easy to find teddy bear party accessories too.
I'm so glad I'm not the only May Mama who's thinking about this! I'm going to hand make our invitations since I don't plan on inviting too many people (and have very little money)... and I absolutely adore crafting. I try to stay away from popular television themes, so we're going to do an animal theme. Nothing too big, just close friends and family at our house for a small get-together.
Jessica - posted on 01/19/2009
I just started thinking about this....I think we may go with a jungle theme (we always call him our little monkey). Probably just a bbq at a park (our townhouse is too small for all of our family and friends and I can't bring myself to host it at my mother-in-law's house---she is already too possessive of my baby). We'll probably do cupcakes...I think the most important thing is to keep it simple. We look at it as a party for us as parents since we survived the first year! Happy planning!
Renee - posted on 01/19/2009
All of our family lives about 300 miles away, so our families always go overboard when we come down for a visit. My mom makes cakes so she will make one for him to smash up and then one for the rest of the guests...cup cakes always go over well with the younger kids...less wasted as well. My husband is a fireman and my son has a little ride on fire truck that he loves! So I am sure that we will have some sort of fire theme. My sister lives in Chicago and she did her son's party at the Children's Musuem.
Valerie - posted on 01/19/2009
I will probably just have family who lives here, and a handful of close friends over for cake and ice cream. I am sure his parents will go overboard with things, but she won't care. She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I might get some of those kind of decorations. When she is bigger, I have lots of ideas!
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