Mary Renee - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
I live 5000 miles away from my family and friends (I live in Hawaii, my family lives in DC) and I want my daughter's first birthday to be special. That said I have no idea where to start or what to "do."
I have a few friends from my Stroller Strides Mommies group, so I'd probably invite them (about 5 or 6 mommies with kids between 6 months-2 years) and I'd probably do something like a cook out at the beach (we live right by the beach and there is a beach park with picnic tables). Maybe her dad would invited some of his friends and his mom might come out so I want to do the party on my own and I want it to be "good," you know what I mean?
I wanted any kind of advice anybody had about what I could do to make it fun for the babies/toddlers and stress-free for the parents. What kind of food should I make available? What time of day? How long should the party last? What kind of games or toys should I bring to entertain the children?
What did other people do for their child's first birthday? Is there any kind of 1st Birthday Rules or Traditions I don't know about? Advice? Suggestion? Tips? Personal Stories?