Carlie's 1st Birthday is in Feb.

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Carlie's 1st Birthday is in Feb. But I can't figure out where to have her party. We are in Nashville, TN and it is freezing so nothing outside. I really need some help. I want this to be a good 1st Birthday

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Laura - posted on 01/13/2011

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For starters, your baby will have no memory of this birthday whether or not you spend a fortune on it. So make sure that you are celebrating this occasion with that in mind. I suggest keeping it to family and any close friends because she won't understand what is going on; this party will be for the adults and any older kids. Keep your plans simple: Invite people over for cake to celebrate where everyone can socialize and kids can play in a comfortable, relaxed setting. A few balloons and streamers for decorations and your pretty much set for a 1 year old's birthday party. I reccomend keeping the parties for the next two years this simple (long-term memories don't start forming in kids until around 3-4 years of age). Again, any party at this age will be soley for the parents/adults.

After the age of 3, THEN start planning for more elaborate parties--your daughter will be more likely to remember them. While I value the importance of celebrating birthdays, I am not a big fan of celebrating birthdays in expensive and flashy ways. Some of my daughter's birthday parties that were the most fun were celebrated at home with a few friends and family. Mostly the kids just wanted to play together rather than do any party games. The two exceptions were the years my daughter requested a pinata for her party. Otherwise her parties have been fun with very little expense or effort. For home parties like this my daughter gets to pick a "theme" to decorate in and she invites friends over. In the past, again, playing together seemed to have meant more than "doing" something. Except the pinatas. Pinatas ARE fun! Hope this helps and have a Happy Birthday!

Louise - posted on 01/13/2011

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If it is a most for you to do this then think of the age group of the people who you want to attend, is it for adults or children. If for children maybe an inside soft play area or if for adults a nice family run restaurant that has baby facilities. Most first birthdays are at home as your child will not remember any of it and it is a costly expense.

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