1st birthdays

Aja - posted on 05/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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This may be a little early but has anyone started planning a party for your baby's first birthday?

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Jessica - posted on 05/22/2009

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I haven't started planning, but I think about it a lot. Of course to plan it would be admitting that baby is going to turn one with in the near future lol. I am having it at my house sort of a pool party. Cookout outside, some decorations but not much. Lyla loves to swim, and inviting family and all my friends with children who have met/ played with Lyla.

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That's a cute idea - the photo booth with teh birthday boy to send wiht the thank you cards!!!!!!

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I'm debating on Micky Mouse theme (Colin LOVES Micky Mouse - has a stuffed animal that he hugs and smiles at and whenever the Micky Mouse Clubhouse comes on he looks up and smiles so big at Mickey) or the typically First Birthday Theme. The only decorations we'll have is the plates, possibly the cake and then maybe a baloon or two . . . I'll probably do as one other mom suggested a BBQ and invite close friends and family to it. Debating doign it Labor Day Weekend, a little early jsut to take advantage of the holiday and getting people together!

Rebekah - posted on 05/15/2009

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I'm in the process of planning only because his birthday is on Labor Day weekend, so gotta get invites out early. Theme will be "Nemo" since it's his favorite character - and no, he hasn't seen the movie. We'll invite family and friends and other kids of all ages. I plan on having a table for the wee ones with fish bowls filled with graduate snacks and other safe foods for the little ones. I'm not going ALL out, just enough to have a good time and enough food. Will have balloons and give away party favors. Have a photo booth to have pics with the birthday boy and send pics in the thank you cards for coming.

Theresa - posted on 05/14/2009

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I have planned mine, I'm really organised. Because i have alot of children in my family, I've hired out a soft play area room, it's ace. Im gunna decorate with In The Night Garden theme and invites as my 8 and half month old loves it he actually sits quiet and watches it for half an hour. Also the other children love In The Night Garden too. Can't wait gunna be fab.x

Joy - posted on 05/13/2009

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We r probably just going to get a special cake done and invite close family n friends n those who were there for his birth etc over for an afternoon of cake n nibbles n pressies....at 1 they have no idea what is going on but boy do they LOVE people and photos and music. Cant wait!!!

User - posted on 05/13/2009

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What about asking each guest to write/bring something to put into a time capsule for the child to open on their 18th birthday? This way, those who are outside the area or cannot make the date can still participate.

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2009

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My family lives in another state so they're coming up that week and DH's family lives an hour away so they'll be here, too. We'll probably have a cook-out and I'll bake some cute cupcakes, let my daughter go to town on her own personal cupcake, and have a laid back time. We don't want to spend a lot of money on the first few birthdays because we want several children so we won't be able to afford 18 years of elaborate birthdays for all of them and as long as we get cute pics with family each year, those are the memories that will matter!

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2009

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With my daughter, we just invited family since she didn't know the difference. She had a little cake to dip her fingers in and she sat in each person's lap who brought her a gift and we took pictures and sent them with the thank you notes.

Summer - posted on 05/13/2009

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Good ideas! The more I think about it, maybe we'll have a BBQ outside and that will cut down on the need for decorations and then we'd have more room for guests. I think it will be a really fun day!

Cindy - posted on 05/13/2009

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I'm looking for simple, fun ideas too! I want to do SOMEthing to celebrate, but really don't see the point in having an elaborate party with other babies, decorations, etc. when my son won't even care. The family is pushing for more though. :( I'm gonna' stick to my guns with simplicity, but not sure what. Suggestions are welcome!

Renee - posted on 05/13/2009

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I know what you mean Summer! This is what I've decided: We are inviting our families of course and our friends with kids that we hangout with. As well as our friends without kids that we are close with or see regularly. I'd feel bad leaving them out just b/c they don't have kids. Unless they don't "like" kids I guess. In the end if they don't want to come they don't have to. For us it wouldn't end up being that many people since most my husbands family and mine live out of the area. If you have a lot of friends to consider I'd invite the ones you are closer with or that see you baby more. As for the play group friends, unless you hangout with them outside of the play dates too, maybe just at a play date closer to your little one's B-Day just bring cupcakes or something like that for a little celebration for the play group. That way they feel like they were included. Sorry I don't even know if you were looking for ideas or advice!! I guess I got carried away! LOL

Summer - posted on 05/13/2009

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I've been thinking about it too! At this point, I'm mostly wondering about who we're supposed to invite. We'll invite our families but who else? All our friends? Just friends with babies? Friends with older children? Moms and babies we've met at play groups? It really could get out of control! =)



Any thoughts?

Renee - posted on 05/13/2009

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Not yet...but I am definitely thinking about what to do. I think it will depend on what his interests are in these next couple of months. I am interested to see what ideas others have as well!

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