Babys First Birthday!! HELP!!

Heather - posted on 11/26/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm having a very hard time coming up with the place or plan of my sons first birthday. With both families being so large and them not meeting one another, its very difficult deciding how to have his birthday. Outside would be AWESOME if his birthday wasn't in February and we didn't live in Michigan. So having a outside birthday is out of the question. Just wondering what you did for your child's first birthday and if you have any ideals for my sons birthday! Thank you so much!!!

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Laura - posted on 11/26/2010

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Amy makes an excellent point: The child doesn't remember the event or even understand what is going on. The party for a one year old is all about the parents/adults! Save the big birthday bashes for when your son is older and can actually understand and remember what you are celebrating. We celebrated my daughter's 1st birthday with just grandparents and cake--nothing fancy at all.

With that said, if you are still intent on throwing a big party, then check your local directory for spaces to rent. Community centers, some churches, banquet halls, etc are possible places to check out. Since this is for the grown-ups, pick something you would like and that would allow for conversation rather than a lot of activities for kids. You don't have to dismiss an outdoor event either! Consider a local park that might have an indoor hall that you could rent. If there are hills and snow you can invite folks to go sledding with hot cocoa and birthday cake inside the pavilleon for when people are cold. I live in northern Indiana and my birthday is in February so I know what the weather can be like (lake effect snow can be awesome)! : ) Hope this helps and good luck!

Amy - posted on 11/26/2010

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We had the grandparents over the house and that's it. They don't remember the birthday so it's really just an event for the parents and at the age of one it can become very overwhelming to have so many people around.

Kennedy - posted on 08/18/2012

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Parents in the Lansing Area should check-out www.playeastlansing.com. The place is spotless, eco-friendly, & all parties are 100% private. It's so nice to be able to relax and talk with adult guests without the worry of your child being run over by another child or your little one getting lost in a crowd. You also don't have to worry about your child(ren) leaving the party with some crazy virus. ;)
The whole playspace is based on learning through imaginative play. There really could not be a better place to have a 1-year-old's party (if you decide you'd like to do it outside of your home).

Katherine - posted on 11/26/2010

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Where in Michigan do you live? I live there too. We had our daughters party at a park, but her birthday was in September. There's Jungle Java, The Summit on the Park, Chuck E Cheese, and a million more. You could have it at Dominoe's Farm....but again I don't know where you live.

Carol - posted on 11/26/2010

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The first large partys my children had was for their 5th birthdays. My home isn't large but was more than sufficient to invite grandparents, aunts and uncles and a few friends. If your planning an all out gathering I suppose there are other options. You could find a local kids zone.. (we have a Chucky Cheese here) Many towns around us have "community halls" which you can rent either the main rooms and additional cost use their kitchens..or look for the family member with the largest home that would be willing to host the party for you.

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Leah - posted on 11/27/2010

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Maybe renting a space for the day would work. My son had 2 parties. One on his birthday,where we live and then one a week later where my family and friends live. It was a blast! I hope you find a place to have it at.

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I'm glad you found a solution! =) I agree with you and everyone else that a bounce house would be awesome. Now you don't have to think of a way to entertain all the relative's kids and the adults can relax and chat while they play. Sounds great!

Heather - posted on 11/27/2010

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And Keshia: thats what i was thinking, with so many kids to entertain at the same time i think this would be the best option (plus the whole thing is done in 2 hours!!) i know im gonna love it and hopefully everyone else will too!! Thank you all for the help i really applicate it!!

Heather - posted on 11/27/2010

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Katherine: I absolutely LOVE Jungle Java!! as soon as he starts to walk thats where im gunna be to get some of this school work done!! try to finish college and having him all over the place really doesnt work! lol! but it is a great place for kids and adults to just hang out! ive decided to do it at the bounce house on michigan ave in wayne, cheaper then pump it up and doing it at someones house. but i cant wait to have a party at jungle java!!

Keshia - posted on 11/27/2010

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the bounce house would be super fun for all the kids and even though he wont remember it looking at the pictures when he is older he will love it

Katherine - posted on 11/27/2010

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I live in Canton!! Jungle Java is on Hanford of of Canton Center.

Christi - posted on 11/26/2010

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We just had our son's bday party at our house. We squeezed about 35 people into our little house and had some pizza and wings, lol! He was born Christmas Eve so we had his party the 18th and it wasn't anything extravagant. He won't remember it so no need to go all out. And if he can't jump then you are paying for the other kids' entertainment. Save that one until he can jump and have a good time.

Heather - posted on 11/26/2010

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Katherine: i live on the border of westland and canton. and i havent heard of jungle java but i want to look into it!

Everyone: thank you so much for all the ideals! and how i would love to have just a small close family party its kinda impossible, my son has 4 sets of grandparents and my family is VERY close in age (my youngest uncle is only 1 year 11 months older then me!!) and with my lil prince being the first grandchild and great-grandchild on my side of the family (his father is the youngest) everyone is always excited to be involved with all his "firsts". so when we made a list of just close family and friends we had over 30 people!!

i was looking into having it at a indoor bounce house because our HUGE family has so many kids and was wondering if that was appropriate for a 1st birthday?

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We held my daughter's first at our church. They have a great outdoor space for parties, and an indoor gym in case of bad weather. I would check out community centers and churches for a large indoor space.

Keshia - posted on 11/26/2010

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well my sons birthday is in august so it was a little easier but we live in a apartment so we asked my husbands aunt if we could have it at her house we did a cookout had birthday cake and opened presents and kinda just sat around and socialized is there any local rental halls that arent too pricey you could have little games for kids or even mcdonalds your son might be a little small to climb on the toys but he could play with the other stuff

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