one year old's birthday party

Rhian - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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is there much point in making a massive celebration for my sons 1st birthday party. got any ideas of what i can do for him?

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Anneke - posted on 08/04/2009

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We had family and close friends over. A smash cake for the birthday boy and a cake for everyone else. One is in May and the other in August, so we did a BBQ. Took lots of pics for them to look back on. My second child's first bday was bigger because we had just moved from one province to another, so it was the first time for many of my extended family to meet my children. I think as long as you take lots of pics, and have the people who really love him there, it will be a day he will really enjoy!! And that is what matters most!! :)

Crystal - posted on 08/04/2009

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You don't have to do a huge party. Im a big b-day person. If you arent, you can just invite family over for cake. One thing you might want to do is make (or buy) your son his own little "smash cake". Take lots of pictures because before you know it, he will be 5 and starting kindergarten.

Michelle - posted on 08/04/2009

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I'm a big birthday person! So my daughter will have a party this December to celebrate her first year!! I am planning on a big 3 layered cake (which I will make myself and a celebration with family. I have a large family to invite, so there will probably not be any friends, but I might change my mind on that too! I agree with Ashley, you have to decide whats kind of "awesome you want" and just go for it! I'm also a scrapbooker, so she'll be able to look back on the day later and know what we did to celebrate it!

Ashley - posted on 08/04/2009

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I guess it depends on what his birthday means to you. For me, their birthday's are a celebration of them,their lives,their place in the universe and what they have brought to my life. When they wake up on the morning of their birthday's, i take curling ribbon and tie it to their doorknob. It weaves through the house stopping at each picture of them, the chair I rocked them in, the spot where they colored on the wall for the first time, secret napping places (under the table etc...), where they made their forts, the rosebush we planted together etc. Before they come out of their bedroom, I tell them again about how I planned them and what the day they were born was like then we walk it together and I tell them the stories behind each thing, usually funny. They LOVE it. I frequently hear (at least daily) "mama tell me a baby story". We then have a breakfast of their choice and sit down and give the gifts we've bought them. Later in the day we have dinner with friends and family so they can share in their day and we have cake. It's so very important for children to know their beginnings, where they stand and where they can go from here. They need to know how important and unique they are and how they make this life better by their very existence. Their birthday will be as awesome as you make it. What kind of awesome do you want it to be? If you need to rent a bigger bouncy house than the Jones' had,then go for it! These are the moments you and your child will always remember, celebrate any way you choose,just don't forget to check the camera for batteries because sometimes your memory will need some jogging! At one, it's really for you and will all be new to him.

Jen - posted on 08/04/2009

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keep it simple. We had friends and family over for lunch and cake. I only planned one game, but it was for the adults to guess how old Savannah was in each picture (we have one from every month of her first year). Other than that she played in her cake, helped opened her presents, and played with the toys after wards. I tried a zoo theme, but then couldn't buy a zoo themed cake so we ended up with zoo party invitations, girly 1st b-day decorations, and a sesame street cake. For her 2nd birthday in December we're planning on doing Wonder Pets and making the cake ourselves.

Heather - posted on 08/04/2009

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When my son turned one, we had a small family party, keeping it to people he knows so he wouldn't get too overwhelmed. And the theme was him! I planned a few games for people to play (put his baby pictures in order, put his favourite book in order, trivia questions about him) and the rest of the time, he just made his way from one person to another playing. While he was occupying people, I also had may family make a few keepsakes for him. The first was a painting of everyone's handprints that he can hang in his room, and the second were rubber ducks I found at a craft sale that you can colour yourself, so now he has a nice set of personalized ducks! It was really low key, really fun and he had a good time just being around people who love him.

Amie - posted on 08/04/2009

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I think it is completely up to you and what you can afford. I had a big party for my girl when she turned one. She may not remember it when she gets older but I know that she had fun during the party, and she will have pictures and video to look back on when she gets older. For her 2nd b-day I just did something small at my place, the main reason is becasue it was all I could afford at the time. You do what you feel is best for you.

Jamie - posted on 08/04/2009

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I dont think there is a point. It more for the parents then the child. I mean seriously what kid is going to remember it. We dont do huge birthdays until they hit 5,13,16, 18 and 21. Just major milestones. Otherwise its just grandparents over for dinner and cake.

Jessica - posted on 08/04/2009

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hi...i don't think there is any reason to go overboard on a first birthday...my daughter is seven and i lay out the big bucks now for massive parties she will remember for years to come...but it's all up to you...my cousin just had her son's first birthday...did the sports theme and even got a picture on the cake with his picture in a baseball uniform on it....was very special but intimate

User - posted on 08/04/2009

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I think because its his first birthday it is special, when my angel turns one i am going to go crazy .... i cant wait, they might not understand much thats happening, but they will later on.... i think its just so special, and to celebrate him or her being alive for a year... aaawwww i cant wait lol

Katrina - posted on 08/04/2009

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I think turning 1 will be special, you dont need to have a massive party but doing something nice is always good :0) and something for them to remember and look back on when they get older....as they wont have a clue whats going on anyways!! Just have your family and closest friends is enough.

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