What to do for your child's 1st birthday


Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010




i started a tradition when my daughter was born....to do a theme party each year for her birthday....however the first birthday is one of the hardest, as they are too young to even know whats going on...i would keep this one simple!! plus, i have found the first birthday to have more of a grown up invite...a cook out for a summer birthday & a bowling party for a winter one ~ just a suggestion :)....by the way my daughter is turning 9 this summer & i running out of themes....we have been thru the following:1st: cook out, 2nd: barney, 3rd: picnic, 4th: bowling, 5th: Christmas in July, 6th: luau, 7th: carnival 8th: swimming.....we havent decided on this year (9th) birthday, have less than a month to till then but we have next years all planned.....PAINT BALL PARTY (as its a rule to be at least 10 yrs of age)....it gets harder as she gets older, i may possibly start leaving some up to her to choose & focus on the "big" ones such as her 13th, sweet 16, 18 & 21st of course!! LOL! Best of Luck to you :)

Katarina - posted on 03/18/2010




I'm also going to add: Instead of buying invitation, I made them myself. I cut out rubber duckies and put the info on the back. I also bought poster board and I'm going to cut out big ducks to place around the hall. I'm also making a lot of the food and treats myself.


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Johnny Ray Block - posted on 02/16/2013




chuckee-cheese could be fun for her if she is 9 years old,i mean bc she can eat pizza,the games and prizes are unlimited,she will be surrounded by other kids that she can bond with,and also she will have a fun night to always remember the big fat talking mouse.lol
I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT WILL BE 1 YEARS OF AGE IN MAY ON THE 30TH..i dont know what i should do to make sure she will have a big smile for the recording camera,btw im a single parent(father)any helpers,suggestions,recommendations,..anything!!!????PLEASE HELP!!

Natalie - posted on 05/20/2010




We are doing a BBQ at the park for my sons first in august. Its easy no mess to clean at home and it has a toddler playground :)

Miranda - posted on 05/16/2010




For my son's first birthday we just had a get together with my husband's family and a few of his little cousins that was around his age...they are so young that they won't remember their first birthday party so you don't need to go all out...I did his birthday theme in baby sesame street and got him his own little cake to eat from...we cooked hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and sides. Really it was just another family gathering with presents

Becky - posted on 05/02/2010




we are not having a party but a day out that we know our baby will enjoy. we are simply inviting friends & family to the zoo & asking everyone to bring a plate of food to share. the plan is to get there at lunch time & everyone can have a nice relaxing lunch together then afterwards we can stay in a big group or go our seperate ways around the zoo. our daughter will love the animals and being with her family but there won't be the stress of a proper party

Chelsy - posted on 03/22/2010




We had a potluck linch for our daughters first birthday. One person brought chips, one brought salad, stuff like that. I made the cake for Kadance out of a boxed mix. Cost me about 10 bucks to make her cake. I bought a little ball with tinkerbell on it from walmart for $1 then made designs on it using icing in a zip lock bag with the corner snipped off (instead of a fancy icing bag) and it worked just as well. We bought a blow up pool and put it our backyard and filled it the night before and a few little kidlets got nakie and played in the pool all afternoon. The rest of the kids played with all her new toys. Keep it very simple. They dont know what the heck is going at this age. Dont bother with all the ritxy expensive crap. Everyone at her party (about 40 people) had a great time and it only costed us in total about 40 bucks.

It might sound cheap but we bought her a sleeper at walmart for $5 and gave that to her with a cute card. She got so spoiled from all her friends, we didnt see the need to add a bunch more gifts to the list.

Hope this helps!

Kimberly - posted on 03/22/2010




Both my kids first birthdays, we had prince/princess themes (I have a boy and a girl). We bought a few of the party themed items like the crown, a few plates and glasses, some of the signs, and bought crate paper, plain paper plates, napkins, paper cups that matched the decor, and had the living room floor covered in balloons. the food was in the dining room, and we were able to do gifts and eat around the balloons easily, but all the kids had a blast playing in a sea of balloons for the afternoon. The adults even enjoyed it as the kids started getting tired.

Keisha - posted on 03/19/2010




Yep, we went all out too!...and I mean aaaaaallllllll out!!! First Birthday's are a huge deal in our families. We have a family barbecue and invite friends...personalized invites, special cakes, games and prizes for the older kids, lots of food, etc. Anyway, at that age the child can't really do much and likely doesn't have many friends of his/her own so its mainly family and friends and babies they bring, if they bring any. You can pick a basic theme or if there is something that the child is in to (princesses, mickey mouse, backyardigans, dora, etc.) you can just get a few things with the theme and maybe a cake with that theme. I got small cakes just for each of my boys as well, so that could totally destroy it and I could take pictures :o) ...tradition in our family. Anyway it can be as small or as big as you like...find our who woudl want to come and then decide from there. Bubbles are great too! Little kids love bubbles and wide open spaces so they can run....it can really be just that simple. Just gets lots of pictures...that's the main thing! :o)

Katarina - posted on 03/18/2010




My Son's 1st birthday is on April 10th. We're having a large party of 70+ people, included in that is 22 kids. Now I'm not going to lie, I'm very excited to have this party, but a small party is a lot less stress. My mil is making cupcakes, and I'm going to buy my son a "smash" cake. In my family it's tradition to have a coming out party. My son wasn't baptised so he didn't have one then, so to honor tradition we're doing it now. He's having a Rubber Ducky themed party(he loves them). I found rubber ducky party supplies in the clearance bin(which was perfect,better then spending $3.00 on 8 plates) and bought the rest of everything in Yellow and Blue. We're getting a few helium balloons, bought some bubbles for the kids and rented a hall(my mom works at a church and the rental was free). A lot of work but the pictures will be priceless.

Beth - posted on 03/18/2010




like other mommies said , remembr other than pictures you are celebrating for you , and your family , little miss or mister will not remember the birthday party

Amanda Lee - posted on 03/16/2010




For my sons first birthday, I decorated with Balloons, etc and I let him do whatever he wanted, I didnt bother with games etc. I let him and the kids play. At that age you dont want too push them into doing games, and everything. I find they are still too young. The funny thing was with all of his presents the only thing he liked was a birthday card his aunty bought him. lol It was a dinosaur singing a song.. he didnt want too put that card done at all

Sara - posted on 03/04/2010




For a first birthday, you really don't need to go all out... they won't know the difference. homemade cupcakes are a nice idea too... then your baby can have one all to him/herself.

And my daughter's favorite birthday present? The mylar balloon I got. Lasted for about 3-4 weeks, and she played with it every day!

Jenifer - posted on 03/04/2010




My son loved "Veggie Tales" So I bought a cheap premade cake at Walmart on clearance the day of that was green and brown, then I printed a picture of the characters of Veggie Tales, and cut it out, then I used the small 2.00 tube of black pipe icing, and it looked pretty nice (until the paper started soaking up the moisture (I should have used clear boxed tape to seal the paper) Still, I just couldn't see spending over 20 for a cake when this cost me less than $10. My daughter Angela made a sign and drew veggie tale characters on it announcing his birthday. He liked it just fine. And my family was amazed at my ingenuity. :-) Hey, I'm not cheap, I'm thrifty!!!

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