What is too much for a First Birthday Party

Colleen - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My sons first Birthday is coming up and we have been trying to figure out how much is too much. My boyfriend is a Comedian and has a large group of close friends. I also keep a very large group of close friends (12 of us + kids and families) People are telling me that I shoud only do family for the first b-day party... anyone have any suggestions???

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Melissa - posted on 02/10/2010

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To be honest, the first birthday is more for mom and dad than for baby. We had a relatively large first birthday party for my daughter but it was more for us than her as she was clueless as to what was going on around her.

Have as many as you are comfortable with...Happy Birthday to your little one!

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Kerri - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think you should invite as many people as you would like to invite. I know that I will all of mine and my boyfriends friends (which is a bunch of us lol) and alot of them have children. And then I will also have all of my family. so I think INVITE AWAY!!

Rachel - posted on 02/10/2010

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we had a lot of people for out kids first birthdays ... mostly family, but some friends too. Life is busy and crazy and only gets more so as the kids grow up! Have the party that you want, big or small, and enjoy every second you have with your kids!

Sandi - posted on 02/10/2010

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Don't people only suggest a small group incase it overwhelms the little ones? If you know your baby won't mind all the attention/noise/fuss then go ahead. Even if it gets too much just make sure he has a little quiet area for himself like his nursery so he can nap etc.
My daughter doesn't like being handled or fussed so we will have a quiet family party at my mums then another for our friends & kids at our house. I think 2 small groups instead of 1 large would suit her. My nephew on the otherhand (18months) is quite the showman so he loves going to parties and weddings and keeps the oldies cooing :P

Whatever suits your circumstances and your little chaps temperament. Hope he enjoys his special day :)

Abbie - posted on 02/10/2010

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We had about 30-35 at my sons first birthday, it was all family except for 1 family which we are very close to, and 2 others. Its not so much on the people but as the length, we kept the party to a 2 hour limit, then started to clean up and head home. That worked well for us, but if your little one is a goer, then I wouldn't worry.

Cynthia - posted on 02/10/2010

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O.K. If that was so them where would I have put my many family outside in the cold? My husband has 5 siblings and I have 3. Then we have 5 kids. Then each one of them have 3 plus. Then Grandparents. I really think it depends on how many people they are use to having around. This Thanksgiving I had 30 plus people in my house and my youngest will not be 2 until next month.

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It's his 1st birthday...and it's your son, not the other peoples that tell you that you should only have family there. I say do what you want to do and take plenty of pictures because he's not going to remember it. Much like Melissa said, it's more for mom and dad. We had a huge first birthday party for my son, a lot of people that were invited either haven't seen him in awhile or hadn't been able to see him. One thing I would change about it all is to have had more help with food.

Shulena - posted on 02/10/2010

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Do it as big as you want too! I understand it's more for the parents & family, but it is still an celebration of your childs 1st year of life. I spent about $200.00-300.00 on my son's 1st birthday and do not regret it at all.

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for my daughter's 1st bday, it was a fairy themed party and I had a bunch of family showed up.....its a lot of fun for the kids to have a big party

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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When my girls turned 1 we had a Strawberry Shortcake Themed Party, and I only invited close family and a couple of my friends that had kids

Lydia - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think the more the marrier...I had my baby shower at a hall and had a ton of people there, so I think it doesn't matter u celebrate how u feel u want to. It's his first birthday and u should enjoy it with family and friends..good luck

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Well, if you have and your boyfriend both have larg groups of ppl that love that little guy, why not go all out! He may not remember but you will have thoes memories to cherish and tell him all about when he is older!!! Birthdays are special and they only turn 1 once!I say go all out and do what you want!

LaWanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think you should have as big of party as you want!!! My sons birthday is also coming up! We are going camping for his 1st birthday! People are thinking we are crazy!

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