My son will be one year old on April 19th and I want to have a little party for him. Any good birthday ideas? I live in northern MN so I'm not sure what the weather will be like.

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Gale - posted on 03/24/2009

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We did a froggy themed party for my middle son's 1st birthday.  It was cute and easy.  The cake was a frog shaped cup-cake cake from wall-mart.  I covered the table with a light blue tablecloth and and put the cake on a lily-pad cut from green posterboard (lily-pads are so easy--just a circle with a slice cut  out of it).  The plates were green (like lily pads) and I cut some more lily pads and layed them on the counter under the snacks.   I also made PB&J flowers out of bread...really easy and I wish I had a picture, but I'll try to describe it:



 



Take two slices of bread for each "flower,"



Cut off the crusts.



Lay them on top of each other so that the corners are all in different directions like a star.



Push down in the middle with your thumbs and squeeze the sides up with your other hand so that all the corners stick up like flower petals.



Fill the middle with peanut butter and jelly.



Toast in a toaster oven or oven.



And you have edible lilies for your lilies for your lily pads!



 

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I've got three kids and after much trial and error, I've found that for the young birthday parties (younger than 4 or 5) it's best to keep things as simple as possible. They don't understand the birthday concept yet and expecting them to respond well to birthday cake and presents and lots of company is a bit much. My advice? Invite a few friends or family over that he's used to, give him the customary 1st birthday cake, and instead of asking people to bring presents, prepare a small notebook in which they can each write prayers/wishes for his future. There are lots of really great blank notebook/journals at Barnes & Noble or other bookstores. You can even include a photo taken at the party of each contributor and glue it on the opposite facing page of the book....a real keepsake. Face it, this party is more for you than for him. He won't remember birthday parties until he's older, but it's still worth it to commemorate the significance of his birth & life.

Jolene - posted on 03/24/2009

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I just had my daughters first bday a week ago. I did a Winnie the Pooh theme (cake, balloons, plates, napkins ect). I wanted a fairly general food so I had a variety of wraps, as well as a meat, pickles and cheese tray. I invited immediate family only and 1 good friend of mine.

April - posted on 03/24/2009

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Don't spend a lot of money, because they don't remember!!! And have it somewhere big enough where the in laws aren't too close to one another! I will never have that many people in my house again! We like to use our church. They usually have rooms big enough for lots of things. My son's first birthday we had a ball pit (in the middle of the living room with all of the family!) That was crowded, but the kids loved it! We set a timer so that the older kids could play in it too, but not take up all the fun time for the birthday boy. Second birthday, we spent a LOT on a bouncer and hot dogs, chips and cokes for a lot of people. While is was really fun for EVERYONE, he probably does not and will not remember it. Should have saved that idea for the forth or fifth bday. And on his third we used the same building at our church as we did for the sec. bday, but we just brought ride on toys(scooters). we also asked that each child bring one if possible on the invites. we give them cup cakes and juice, made them burn it off all of the sugar playing/riding, opened presents and in hopes that they all would sleep well that night! Some churches will let you use the dining/play areas even if you usually don't go there. You just have to call and ask. Hope something I rambled on about helps!!!



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Catherine - posted on 03/24/2009

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I use to live in Ma and my son is a Feb baby so i know colder cimates makes for an indoor party aways. We kept Trevor's 1st bday simple. We maunly had family and some neighbors over. We had good food and a beautiful "MIckey Mouse" cake. The whole point of a 1st bday is seeing your child eat the cake, getting it all over them and taking tons of pix!! :) I must say that my my favorite bday for him. He is 10 now and has had many "themed one" but the 1st "takes the cake:

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Kaila - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Blair:

I've got three kids and after much trial and error, I've found that for the young birthday parties (younger than 4 or 5) it's best to keep things as simple as possible. They don't understand the birthday concept yet and expecting them to respond well to birthday cake and presents and lots of company is a bit much. My advice? Invite a few friends or family over that he's used to, give him the customary 1st birthday cake, and instead of asking people to bring presents, prepare a small notebook in which they can each write prayers/wishes for his future. There are lots of really great blank notebook/journals at Barnes & Noble or other bookstores. You can even include a photo taken at the party of each contributor and glue it on the opposite facing page of the book....a real keepsake. Face it, this party is more for you than for him. He won't remember birthday parties until he's older, but it's still worth it to commemorate the significance of his birth & life.


  The notebook thing is a great idea! Thanks!

Kaila - posted on 03/24/2009

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Quoting Blair:

I've got three kids and after much trial and error, I've found that for the young birthday parties (younger than 4 or 5) it's best to keep things as simple as possible. They don't understand the birthday concept yet and expecting them to respond well to birthday cake and presents and lots of company is a bit much. My advice? Invite a few friends or family over that he's used to, give him the customary 1st birthday cake, and instead of asking people to bring presents, prepare a small notebook in which they can each write prayers/wishes for his future. There are lots of really great blank notebook/journals at Barnes & Noble or other bookstores. You can even include a photo taken at the party of each contributor and glue it on the opposite facing page of the book....a real keepsake. Face it, this party is more for you than for him. He won't remember birthday parties until he's older, but it's still worth it to commemorate the significance of his birth & life.


  The notebook thing is a great idea! Thanks!

Diana - posted on 03/24/2009

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At my daughter's first birthday party, we just had a small family get together inside. We live in AZ, and her b-day is in Sept. It was still very warm. Hope this helps. 

Janet - posted on 03/24/2009

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At my daughter's 1st bday party I had the kids pin the hat on Teagan's head ( my daughter ) I blew up a photo of her and put it on the wall and than made construction paper hats for the kids to tape on. I didnt blind fold them or anything bc they were all around her age. It was really cute :)

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