Having a first birthday party for a girl with lots of out of town

Mary - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I am worried about keeping eveyone occupied + plus we are doing this on a budget, so it is at our home. Any ideas to help get people to interact? It will be april 20th so weather can go either way


Brittney - posted on 01/31/2013




I would say to keep it a small quick party, no longer than an hour and right after a nap. I say this because she will be turning one, barely any attention span for sitting through a party, having so many people may (not saying it will) be kind of un settling for a child, they don't know whats going on. Choose a time that is right after nap, so she is well rested.

My daughter's first party was at our house, we invited 20 people and 10 showed up. We had no other children (around her age) there, it was 1 hour and 30 minutes and too long for her. It was right after her nap (started at 2:00p). We served sandwich trays (1 long sandwich from the supermarket deli cut up so everyone got one piece), ice cream cake and lemonade.

For her 2nd birthday. it was also at our house, I invited 40 people and only 25 showed up. We had 4 other children around her age there and she enjoyed this party a lot more than the first one (kids to play with), I made a movie that included all the pictures from pre-birth to 2 years old and had that playing on the tv..it ran for 55 minutes. I only served cake and ice cream and a drink, the party was a little over 2 hours long.

-You can get games together for the older participants
- pin the tail on the donkey
- musical chairs
- ring toss
- hula hoop contest
- pinata

tips to save money:
- buy ahead (buy plates/cups on sale from a cheap store)
-make your own decorations
-make your own cake
-make invites and hand them out instead of mailing (if you can avoid it)
-use what you have

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