1st Birthday Party ideas

Kat - posted on 06/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi. 3rd October will be our little one's 1st birthday. And it's our 1st time having to host one. I'm in Australia, so the climate will be warm enough for indoors & outdoors. Does anyone have any ideas?? I am unsure about hosting at our home- due to workload & lack of entertainment for older children, but am open to ideas.
Am excited & anxious & nervous...... Thanks K.

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Im thinking about doing Dora because Arianna loves Dora the Explorer and the colors are bright and fun

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2009

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I've been thinking about it and we will probably be doing a barnyard theme with cider and pumpkins and maybe a hayride (we live way off the main road). His birthday is Oct 10. Just try not to stress too much and keep it simple! Good luck.

Sandy - posted on 07/09/2009

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We have been thinking about this for a while. Since Andrew's b-day is mid-October, we are planning a small fall harvest / Halloween party for family and close friends. Kids (and adults, if they wish!) can come in costume and we will have all the typical seasonal favorites... apple cider, pumpkin pie, etc. The weather is usually beautiful in our area in October, so we are planning the whole thing outside in our backyard.

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We had a small family party for my older daughter's first birthday and it was just right for her age level. When they are a year, they start getting into stranger anxiety and they can get over-stimulated really easily. We'll have a cake (probably wih pumpkins or balck cats or something) on it for our son and the grandparents over. It's really just for us to celebrate having him, not really for him since he's not going to know what's going on.

Tanya - posted on 07/07/2009

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I wont be doing much for my sons 1st Birthday....I'll be just getting a cake just for my son to have his fun in it....and having friends and family over....not to much of a big croud i dont want do overwelm my son.....hes born on October 25th at 3:03 am....I had a c section at the civic hospital in Ottawa, Ontario...they have the BEST nurses their....

Chantelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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i'll be keeping riley's simple with a small cake just for him to 'attack' with just family and close friends attending. he was born at 2.14pm, so i'm sure i'll plan to sing 'happy b'day' at that time, lol. check out coolest-cakes.com for some great b'day cake ideas

Adrienne - posted on 07/06/2009

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I haven't thought too much about it - mostly because my older daughter's bday is in August so I'm still planning that. But I been thinking about something with pumpkins. My older daughter will probably want her friends here (she's 10 yrs.) but that's ok since they all love her but I'm not catering the party to them, no games. Just some good old fun for the baby. My daughter is already planning next year's at Chuck E Cheese! lol

Emma - posted on 07/06/2009

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try and keep it simple because your baby isnt really going to understand what is going on the party is mainly for the adults and the older children that understand it a bit more so i read in an article in my monthly pampers mag just put up some coulorful decorations that you baby will enjoy looking at and layout plenty of toys for your baby and the other children to play with have a few games like pass the parcil and musical chairs and musical statues and put out a spread of food and drink and try to make the day all about your baby if you going to have your babys party outside try a barbique or something like that

Kaira - posted on 07/01/2009

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I don't think a baby's first birthday needs to be too over the top especially since they don't really know what's going on & won't remember it other than through pictures. I am actually taking the leftover decorations from my baby shower & using them for my Lelah's party. My theme was black, white & yellow polka dots and baby ducks. Very easy to reuse. As far as where to have the party... If you have it at home, you don't have to worry about transporting decorations, food, games and gifts to another venue and then having to pack everything up all over again to go back home when its over. You also have more freedom as far as the hours and day that you want to have it. When you rent a facility you are kinda limited in that area.
If you find that home just won't work though, a park is a great option. There's plenty of space for kids to run and you get built in entertainment with the swings, slides & jungle gyms at the park. Plus, you don't have to worry about a dozen children running a muck through your home terrorizing your pets & breaking things. The only thing you really have to worry about there is weather and bugs.
As far as older kids, depending on the age they can easily be entertained by scavenger hunts, pinatas, carnival type games (anything where they can win a small prize), goddy bags or even a movie. and of course you can always reel in the kids with food and cake!

Well, hope that was helpful. Good Luck!!!

Stephanie - posted on 06/30/2009

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Ya. We actually have a lot of kids this year for my daughter because for some odd reason me and my 3 cousins and my best friend all had babies within 4 months of each other...plus all the kids from church and all the kids around my sons age...he is 2.



When I plan a birthday party I find a cute cake first haha. I dont know why but to me if the cake is cute then the rest of the party is great too lol. Try looking for a cute princes cake then plan from there. THe first birthdays are more about family anyways rather than the new one year old haha. So dont worry about not very many kids being there. And the first birthdays nvr go as planned. My son slept almost the whole time through his. And my cousins daughter screamed and cried most of hers and so on lol. Good luck!

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2009

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I haven't really decided what exactly i'm going to do, but most likely we will have a princess theme. I definatley want to get her a princess cake. If its nice we'll probably have the party at the park. I just hope i can find some kids to invite cause she's the only baby that lives around most of the family.

Stephanie - posted on 06/30/2009

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Well I am doing a My little Pony theme for my daughter. I have a carosel cake already picked out. You could do a princess theme. They always have cute things for that. Or lady bugs...there is a really cute birthday set at orientaltrading.com Check em out!

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