First Birthday

Aundraya - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )




My daughter is 10 months old today, so I've started formulating a few ideas for her first birthday, and I'd love to know what you did for you babies' firsts. Where was it? Did you have a theme? What was your favorite part? Would you do it differently if you could? Also if your baby hasn't had their first yet but you know what you want to do let me know.

I'm planning a party in the park for my daughter, but I'm not sure yet if it'll be a water party or some other theme. It depends on the weather.


Crystal - posted on 01/26/2010




My son just had his this weekend. Keep in mind how your daughter reacts around lots of people. If it makes her fussy, I would keep it low key. My son LOVES lots of people (we have a big family) so I invited all his cousins (about 40 people, 10 of which were other kids). He had a blast.
The 2 key elements for my son's party: Bubbles (via bubble maker) and balloons. He LOVED those things...could have cared less about the rest of the decorations and the theme (Cars), but bubble and balloons! Big hit.

Lindsay - posted on 01/26/2010




Honestly, we did too much for my daughter's first birthday. Looking back I should have kept it simple with just dinner, a cake, and opening presents. The first birthday is more for the parents than it is for the child. We had too many people and too much going on. It just made for a tired and fussy 1 yr old.

With my son, we had learned our lesson and kept it simple at home. We grilled and had cake. He had fun and wasn't overwhelmed. It made it much more enjoyable for him.

So if you want my advice, I'd say keep the 1st as simple as possible. When they get older and really get into it you can go all out. It truly becomes a waste to expect that for the 1st. =)

Nikki - posted on 01/26/2010




My daughter turns one on feb 5th, and we already have everything planned. We are having a Pooh's 1st birthday themed party. I actually let her pick it, she loves watching pooh and backyardigans, it's not like she knew exactly what she was chooseing it for, but I was able to find out what she liked more and it was Pooh (I found everything I needed at We are having it at our house because of our sucky weather or else we would have also done the park. We invited close family and friends. (only the people that she has seen and played with on a regular basis, which actually is a good amount of people considering we have a big close family) I was curious on how big or small of a party I should have so I looked into it and I read that how many people depends on what kind of child you have, if they are shyer and more reserved it's best to keep it small so they don't get overwhelmed or scared, which luckly that isn't a problem for my little one she loves being around people but I would think having it in a bigger space, like a park, would make it a lot better for any child. I plan on making cupcakes for guests instead of having one big cake (easier to give out and to clean up also), my Daughter will have her own small cake to dig into for that memorable 1st birthday cake picture. Besides cake and presents we plan on doing a pull string pinata, ( more to let the older party guest kids to have fun and get candy) but she will be able to walk up and pull the strings.

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We had my son's birthday (1 month ago) here at home. We had a few friends over and there were 3 other toddlers. I never even considered having it outside the home. For a one year old, it just makes more sense to stay home. The party only lasted 2.5 hours and that was enough action for everyone. We had snacks (all baby friendly but also enjoyed by all the adults) and drinks (juice, water, unsweetened iced rooibos for the babes) and I made chocolate puffed wheat squares for the adults and a really wonderful sugar-free cake for my son and the other little ones. Although the adults all ended up eating the cake too and they even liked it! :) Here's the recipe for the cake I made...

And if you check out my profile you may be able to see the one I made and decorated to look like a carousel just the way my grandma did for me when I was little. It's a nice way to decorate a cake to look fancy and exciting without the use of a bunch of coloured icing and sugary notions.

Naila - posted on 01/26/2010




I would have to agree with a few of the other posts: keep it simple! For my son's first birthday, we rented a room at a nearby park facility (spent too much on that!), invited way too many people, and generally wore ourselves out, lol.

We chose the Sesame Street Beginnings 1st birthday theme, which was a great choice. Lots of bright colors for the little ones and we had a banner made that said something like, "Oscar's 1st Birthday. Brought to you by the letter O and the number 1." O for his first initial and of course 1 for his 1st birthday...very cute idea that I found on the internet.

My favorite part of the party was when we sang happy birthday! He didn't know what was really going on, but it was fun to watch him checking out the cake and sticking his fingers in it.

If I could do it all over, I definitely wouldn't have invited as many people and I would have assigned someone to take lots of pictures for me. It was hard for me to take pictures because I was too busy trying decorate, playing games with all the "big" kids we invited, making sure food was out, getting favor bags together etc.

So all in all, I'd say less is more for a first birthday. You can still go all out with balloons, decorations, and a theme of course, but keep everything else simple for your sanity!


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Christianne - posted on 01/30/2010




Baby's first birthday I think is the most special milestone, and it does need to be special, but KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! For my son's first birthday party we just had family and a few close friends over. We had a BBQ and just enjoyed the day outside the best we could (it was a chilly July day). To make the day special I just got a few balloons and some first birthday plates and napkins. Everyone had a good time and the most important part was that my little boy was happy with all the love that he got that day.

Blackwood - posted on 01/26/2010




Blow up jumping castle!!! I'm 32 years old and I would want one at my B-Day party!

Shulena - posted on 01/26/2010




For my son's first bday party we had it at Chuck E. Cheese. Do I regret it? No. Birthday's in our house are like what most american's do on Christmas. My son does get Christmas present but only 3-from me and 1 or 2 from each family member. With all of the holidays I try to teach him the "real" reason for the holiday instead of the commerical side to it. So when bdays come around, he can pretty much ask for anything underneath the sun because that's his "special day". So I usually spend about $500.00+ on each bday party he has had in 6yrs. But that's just how we do it in our house. Have a good time regards on what you deceide to do.

Krista - posted on 01/26/2010




I would definitely keep it simple -- save your money and energy for parties that she'll actually remember. It depends on your baby, but some get overstimulated easily, so you'll want to keep that in mind. I don't know if I'd go away from the house for it, though -- if she DOES get cranky and needs a nap, it's a lot easier to just bring her to her room, instead of having to load everything into the car and cut the party short.

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i kept my baby first bday party simple because she's not gonna remember it n e way. i had her party @ home w/balloons, banners, the whole house was decorated. her theme was tinkerbell it was so cute. all the kids had their lil rockstar glasses on my daughter didnt want to take those off even after the party was over,lol. her cake was whip cream instead of frosting(tinkerbell) we had music n we served pizza burgers/chips. NOW im on her 2nd bday n her place n theme is ChuckieCheese=)

Leanne - posted on 01/26/2010




For my son's first birthday we are doing a dinosaur theme. We are having only family over, and the only other child that will be there is his cousin. I want to go all out as well, I don't see why you shouldn't if you want to.. Just take cues from your little one and if you can tell he's becoming overwhelmed take him away from the party to calm down for a bit. :)

We are going to have an indoor party since March is still very wet and cold in out town. There will be plenty of party themed decorations and I was thinking of getting a bubble blowing machine since kids LOVE that. Also, I was thinking of blowing up his small kiddy pool and filling it with plastic balls to make a ball pit. It may be messy, but im sure my little boy and his cousin would love it.

For the cake there is going to be a guest cake and a small cake for my little one. That way he can play in his own cake and everyone else still gets a piece! haha
I am making the cake he will be eating.. It's going to be a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.. Just so that he doesn't have a sugar overload. :D

Linda - posted on 01/26/2010




I'm planning my son's first birthday party too! I am also planning to have it at a park, right next to a playground. It doesn't make any sense to order a bounce house, or other vendors because he will not be able to participate. So my advise to you is to keep it simple and remember it's your daughter's first birthday (not an adult party). The theme and events should be centered on the kids, and if anyone asks for booze, tell them, "It's not that kind of party"! Oh and yes, it's a sports theme party. I am ordering a personalized banner and birthday favors (keepsake for guest), and I also plan to have a pinata.

Aundraya - posted on 01/26/2010




I was thinking I'd do something big b/c with my husband being in the Navy I won't be around my family for much longer, but I don't want her to be overwhelmed and not have fun.

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2010




we had a party for her at our church with our friends and family with a simple lunch her theme was butterflies and flowers. it was simple but everyone had fun.

Layla - posted on 01/26/2010




hey, im layla, fr my kids' first birthday, i put banners up, covered the floor in balloons in all different shapes,sizes an colours,an had a small family party tea,it wa a lovely day for both birthdays, i wouldnt change anythin, to see my son an daughters faces when they came down stairs an saw all the balloons, banners an presents was truely priceless.i had a lovely day an so did the kids.

Keisha - posted on 01/26/2010




My daughter is not a year old yet but for her first birthday we are planning on just inviting immediate family over to play, open gifts and of course... eat chocolate cake!

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