Does anyone have any unique ideas for a first birthday party?
Amy - posted on 07/17/2009
it's not uniqe, but we are having our 1st party at a park. The park has a large pavillion, a playground, bathrooms, water fountain, basektball, bocci ball courts and possible horseshoes too. For a menu we are having adult and kid friendly milk free foods. I am making an elmo cake and we will have macaroni and potatoe salad, cold cuts, veggie sticks, hummus, fruit salad (only fruits the baby has tried already), juice, water and tea. I wanted to make the first birthday fun for everyone and make sure there was something easy for every to eat, no matter how old they were. The playground means I don't have to bring too many toys!
We have always had pretty big birthday bashes for both of our daughters regardless of how old they were. When they were one, the party was mostly for the adults and other children as my kids didn't really know what was going on. We like to have "theme parties". My youngest was into Winnie the Pooh at one year of age so we opted for POOH PARTY. I had all Winnie the Pooh Decorations, a Pooh cake, tableware, balloons, the works. I did keep the food adult oriented but also kid friendly.....we had a nice BBQ with hot dogs, burgers, salads, finger foods, etc. I set up three baby pools with water toys in the backyard for the kids to cool off in and the parents to dip their feet into. We also had a sandbox to play in. The adults were mingling, conversing, playing volleyball, badminton, and hanging out. We also had video games to play as well. Most of the activities were outdoor but the weather was nice. When we had inclement weather for parties, I just planned it all indoors and we used our finished basement as "homebase" for the kids. Try a theme party. Go the extra mile on the details you put into the food, cake, decorations, etc. The adults will notice and so will the older kids. As your son grows, other thing that are more interactive can be brought into the scene...bounce house, games, magicians, maybe a traveling petting zoo for hire, we once had a poodle dog show, rock climbing wall. You can also go outside your house and have really nice parties at Chuck E. Cheese, Boomer's, the bowling alley, Kid Zone, etc. Then you don't have to clean up! I hope my ideas were helpful. My daughters are 12 and 15 now and I am always know as "the mom who has the best parties". LOL.
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