What kind of things do you do at a one year old birthday party?

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I have the theme down for my son's party (Winnie the pooh) and the food and party bags but I don't know what to do at his party ..if anything. What do you do at a party for the lil ones..7 mons to 1 yr old and maybe some 2-4 yr olds. Haha. Ideas? Games? Anything?

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Sharyn - posted on 01/23/2010

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i know you are past this point already but for future consideration, for little ones, a good rule of thumb is one friend for each year old that the party child is! parties and social situations are overwhelming at this age as it is. but all is not lost! keep it simple and SHORT, and it no matter what you do should be just fine! a few reminders: it is easy during a party for little ones to choke in just a couple of minutes on adult food and to indulge in drinks they should not have even with all those eyes around - people get distracted in social gatherings - including mom and dad! keep food and beverages up on counters out of reach and keep your eye on your little one at all times! *** this would be a good time to start marking your toddlers height on a growth chart and keep it going every year*** good luck and have fun!

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Joyce - posted on 07/27/2011

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My son turned 1 today(Happy Cakeday Da'Mari)and my thing is making this day one of his big days with a pool party hot dogs,hamburgers,chips capri suns,cake and ice cream i mean really am I overreacting?there will be kids of all ages there so a pool party sounds cool rt.

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2010

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nothing over whelming a few close friends a few kids, light on candy, gift bags for older kids2-4 keep it simple, i gave my daughter her own cake to dig into it was good for pics.

Lydia - posted on 01/23/2010

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Maybe do something to keep the older kids entertained but our daughter found her first birthday a bit overwhelming so she was happier just left to play in her own way with the two other kids we invited.

Penney - posted on 01/23/2010

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I would just let the kids play and give them each abag when they leave. At one year old they really do not know at about games, You could have them look for some toys and have different walking games. see how fareach group can walk or crawl.

Becky - posted on 01/23/2010

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my sons b-day is in the summer so we did it outside and had some of my sons trucks and push toys for the kids to play with outside. We had balls outside for the older kids to play with. Didnt do any games since he was only 1 and his friends were around 1-3. We had a cookout and coolers for sodas for parents and capri suns for kids.

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2010

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I did activities for the other children, who were older. Activities like have a pinata and a professional clown, a game or craft. The clown will make balloon hats and animals along with his stchick. Also I had a small cake just for the birthday child to make a mess out of then the party cake. Good Luck.

Iysha - posted on 01/23/2010

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I am planning a ball party. I am inviting mostly family and some of my Fiance's friends and their wives/girlfriends and kids. I am going to buy those big plastic balls from Target/ Kmart/Walmart for the kids to play with and am going to have a small plastic blow up pool filled with little balls for the 2ish aged children. At the end before every kid leaves, I am going to have them all pick a ball as a party gift to take home. I figure it will be fun to have it at the park where they can run around and we grown ups can sit and eat and hang out...play with a football or something =] It's a July birthday so it will be nice out.

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Thanks everyone!!! I really didn't want to do anything but cake with the family but my sister was pushing for a lil more so i think we'll invite some of my buddies and more family and just sit around LOL.

Adrianne - posted on 01/22/2010

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for my grandson i hosted his first party ,and like some one said its for the grown people cause kids that age dont understand ,so anyway i did the elmo theme the jumper.the bubble machine.pinota.tug of war,hide the candy pin the tail on the donky music chairs with the base mat at toys r us red light green light and be very organized with the game the will have a ball ..

Hayley - posted on 01/22/2010

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My nephew had a ball pit and a few friends n family brought some toys for different ages(bikes,scooters,a few animal's n teddys coluring stuff etc... to lend ) same as yourself upto 5 years old so there was a lil for all ,( they grow up so fast he now 3 this year :) )as for games we let them entertain themselves put some childrens music on and danced with them it was a fab day even the adults enjoyed it :) hope all goes well for you and the birthday boy has a gud time xx

Toni - posted on 01/22/2010

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Invite family, close friends, have something to eat, and drink, cake. Let them run around and play, presents and don't forget the treat bags! I always feed the adults and kids are birthday parties, it is only once a year and you are asking them to give up there time and bring a gift. Then usually a bath right after cake! have fun.

Jaime - posted on 01/22/2010

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Let's be honest... 1 year olds don't understand birthdays and their 1st birthday party is really for the adults. Kid proof the house, take out the toys and some kid-friendly snacks. Then supply some snacks and a little beer and wine for the adults and enjoy getting to know parents of other 1 one year olds!!

Tasha - posted on 01/22/2010

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My daughters birthday party is tomm, and she is also turning 1!!!! :) :)

We have a Disney princess theme for her!! We bought her a chocolate cake, cookies and cream ice cream, and we are cooking pizzas and snack trays for the guests. We invited over her aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We dont want too many people, she is a very shy baby!!!! :P I am not planning on having games for her party, we are going to eat, open presents, and then let her tear into her birthday cake!!! :) By the time the whole party is over, she is going to be one TIRED baby!!! :) I would say save the games and things for next year, when he will REALLY be able to enjoy it!!! Just go with the flow of the party, it will be much less stressfull on your son. :) I am totally GEEKED for my daughters big day, but I have to stay down to earth and remember that she is going to be very confused by the whole thing...... :P Like other posts have said, let the kids play with the toys, and maybe pop in a fun movie for the kiddies to watch!! :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son!!!!! ♥

Jen - posted on 01/22/2010

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I found some pretty neat ideas on line... kids this age would love a bubble machine, and you could do a toy share thing where all the little ones bring a toy that they can share with the others. At this age its best to keep it to just a couple of kids as they can get overwhelmed as well. If you are having older children attend, it maybe good to provide them with something to keep them entertained.

Mary - posted on 01/22/2010

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My feeling about the one-year mark is that the party is more for the parents than the children as they won't remember it as much as you will nor will they really understand it. Make a big deal out of the cake and ice cream and take lots of pictures of your child digging into a personal cake. This will make great photos for a graduation board later on. If the weather is good let the kids play outside, especially if there is snow on the ground. Snow angels are fun for little ones, as long as they have snow pants on.

Krystal - posted on 01/22/2010

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For my son's one year old party, we just let him play with everybody, and run around, he goes to bed at 8, so it than became an adult party, and we all started drinking...lol

Lara - posted on 01/22/2010

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Kids this age really have no clue as to what is going on, or the concept of "party". Keep it simple with cake and ice cream, some munchies, and provide some play time. It's mostly for us adults at this point anyway!!

Breanne - posted on 01/22/2010

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I agree with Marti. I would keep things simple (they can get overwhelmed at such a young age). I did a family "party" - snacks, open presents, cake, and then a playdate/mom & tots get together. Have fun!

Marti - posted on 01/22/2010

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A one year old's birthday is more for the parents then the kids. lol they don't really get whats going on. Cake and playing with other children will be enough. Let all the friends try out the new toys and they'll have plenty of fun while you get to visit with the other mommies.

Miranda - posted on 01/22/2010

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When my son turned one he didn't really have friends except a cousin at his age. He went to daycare,but i think they were all alittle to young to understand exactly what was going on. We did Thomas the train theme and just invited his godparents, grandparents, uncles, and aunt & cousin to eat supper, share bday cake and ice cream and open presents. Just having people he knew all around him made him smile and be content. Other than that he just played with his new toys and have a new event in his life to look forward to

Cindy - posted on 01/22/2010

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I just had cake and ice cream and all the kids fell asleep. My thoughts would be keep it simply and kid friendly. Chips, capri sun (juice).

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