Any helpful hints/tips for planning the first birthday?

Crystal - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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This is our first birthday.... Does anyone have any hints on how to have a super party without spending a fortune?

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Brittney - posted on 03/21/2012

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We served sandwiches to the adult guests, there was only one baby in attendance, we had a large ice cream cake and less than 15 guests. My daughter's photos were of her grabbing her fork, setting the fork down and grabbing a huge handful and putting it in her mouth! Have the camera handy!

Merry - posted on 03/21/2012

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We reserve our party room in our apartment complex so it's free. Then my family brings food and we make the cake and get cheap decorations and invite anyone you want! Not random extended family but all the important and finn people in yours, and your baby's life and just have a fun time!

I'm doing a combined party for my sons third birthday and my daughters first and they will have lots of fun.

And be sure to do it around nap time! No one likes a crabby baby.

Jessica - posted on 03/20/2012

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We did cupcakes for my older daughter's first bday as well. It was just relatives and there wasn't really any structure. My suggestion, if it's warm take you nice photos before cake and then let them eat in just a diaper and it's so cute for photos when they are all messy, and then we plopped Emma into the bath right after and then a nap. It actually worked out really well. :)

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2012

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Keep it simple!! Do it in your or relative or friends home! No sense in going all out for a first birthday party. With my first, it was about 1.5 hours long. He refused to oPen his gifts so a few of the older kids helped with that. I agree, keep the guests to a minimum. Oh and make sure he gets his own small cake to play in/eat. And yes the dollar store has great deals!

Brittney - posted on 03/19/2012

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I can tell you to keep the party short and not too many guests, your child will not be very interested for very long. Also, buy things from sales and dollar tree or store if you dont have a dollar tree.



My daughters first b-day party was 2 hours long and by the end of it, she was cranky and tired. Best time to have a party is when they are wide awake.

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Ianina - posted on 04/13/2012

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Ours is May 6th, we are having brunch and cupcakes for the grownups and I am making 2 small cakes for the girls

Jodi - posted on 03/30/2012

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I think cupcakes are a great idea, the birthday baby can play and make a mess, plus the other babies have their very own cupcake to play with too. Plus, the adults can each have a nice non-smooshed cupcake all to themselves ;-)

Jodi - posted on 03/30/2012

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I think cupcakes are a great idea, gives the birthday baby a chance to play and make a huge mess, and the other babies can have fun with their cupcakes too! Plus, the adults can have a nice non-smooshed cupcake all to themselves ;-)

Holly - posted on 03/30/2012

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My son was actually born on Cinco de Mayo. But we are saving that party for a later age. For his birthday we are doing Winnie the Pooh. We are planning to have it at our local city park. There will be some smaller children so I'll make small gift bags for them. We have a big family on both sides who loves and ask about him all the time. So we will have food and cupcakes instead of cake.

Crystal - posted on 03/25/2012

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Oh Jodi, cinco de mayo party sounds fantastic. She was born on May 18th. Truthfully, we are having TWO parties (one for each set of grandparents). Mimi is going to help with one as far as decorating, hosting, food, etc (i'd be lost without her). But the other party will be at my mothers house (they have so much room) but it'll be somewhat intimate. And balloons are a must. She LOVES them.

Alexandra - posted on 03/24/2012

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we had a whole bunch of people and a whole bunch of food. We are only one once!, haha. But it is really up to the parents. Of course the party cannot last for long, there will probably be other babies there too and their attention spam is short. Also a lot of noise can bother the baby.

Congratulations!

Jodi - posted on 03/22/2012

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Our daughter's 1st birthday is May 4th, so we are going to have a little Cinco de Mayo party, very casual. I'm making a little taco bar, some margaritas, and some cupcakes. It will be small, just family and a couple of friends, mostly adults. It will be in the backyard at home, so if she gets tired it's easy for her to take a nap. Sounds like your party is perfect, it seems a little ridiculous to have an elaborate party for a little person who won't appreciate or remember the occasion! The important thing is really just to get some good photos of messy cake eating, and baby with grandparents. I will have balloons, though, she seems pretty fascinated with them right now :-)

Crystal - posted on 03/21/2012

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Thanks guys. I was thinking i was going overboard by making some food and cupcakes. Im so excited. I'm sure my aunt, her mimi, and her aunt will be taking loads pictures along with me so I'm sure we'll have tons of pictures.

Jennifer - posted on 03/20/2012

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Cake, ice cream, chips and dip, keep it simple. If its warm where you live in May and you feel up to it, a BBQ is nice if its a small crowd. Otherwise, I wouldnt go too much out of my way in the food department

Crystal - posted on 03/19/2012

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yall have confirmed what I was already thinking. I'm planning to make cupcakes, so she'll be able to smash, eat, throw to the ground any and all of it without me feeling like wasted alot of money one an expensive cake. Thanks so much for the input.

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