1st birthday ideas. What did you do?

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April - posted on 05/25/2011

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plan something basic even for thier second and third because the only one that is gonna remeber what happen there is you!(If that) all they are interested in at that time is just playing. and most children those ages are most likely scared of see so many people at one time.....so id say keep it simple just a few close friends and some family have din din, cake, and u should be good! base it on ur budget not to out do the next kid!

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Vicki - posted on 05/31/2011

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Family in the park with a cake. Was small and simple. He didn't understand the concept of presents, I didn't see the point in making a big fuss.

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Few friends, Family members and went to Chuckie cheese. If theres other children, they would love it there...then we came back to the house and went swimming. my sons first time doing basically everything and he loved it.

Katie - posted on 05/26/2011

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For my daughter's first birthday, i planned it to be when she already had her breakfast (i didnt want to be feeding her while everyone was just standing around waiting) and about 2 hours before her nap time. I went to party city and walmart to buy the few decorations, plates, cups, and napkins that matched the baby minnie mouse theme I picked out. I was trying to keep it small (i knew too many people and alot of loud noise would scare her) so i only invited close family and few friends, we ate sub sandwiches and chips, played some music and a few games, opened her presents for her, i had a 1/4 sheet bday cake for everyone and a small round cake for my girl to play with (she didnt know what to do with it)..took lots of pictures & of everybody with the birthday girl and put the pics in everyones thank you cards. It was a nice party Im planning on having a similar one next year for her 2nd birthday. I know she probably wont remember it but I certainly will and hopefully she will appreciate it when she gets older and i show her all the pictures and videos. and her cute little onesie im going to keep that says "my first birthday" on it. Hope that helps =)

Kara - posted on 05/23/2011

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We kept things simple (small gathering) that centred around his nap time. Keep it short and sweet and perhaps in the morning hours (lunchtime?).
We asked our guests to bring items/donations for a local animal shelter that's near and dear to our hearts. Our son obviously was going to receive gifts from us and his grandparents, but we wanted to create a lasting/unique memory for his first b-day. We also did a special "smash the cake" photo session where he got to literally play with a big birthday cake. The photos were fun and cute! We put one of them in a frame and had our guests sign the matte around this picture. It now hangs in his room.
We also had our guests write a special memory or advice on note paper, that is tucked away in a box...we will give it to him when he's older.
Hope these ideas help and have fun!!!

Kara - posted on 05/23/2011

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We kept things simple (small gathering) that centred around his nap time. Keep it short and sweet and perhaps in the morning hours (lunchtime?).
We asked our guests to bring items/donations for a local animal shelter that's near and dear to our hearts. Our son obviously was going to receive gifts from us and his grandparents, but we wanted to create a lasting/unique memory for his first b-day. We also did a special "smash the cake" photo session where he got to literally play with a big birthday cake. The photos were fun and cute! We put one of them in a frame and had our guests sign the matte around this picture. It now hangs in his room.
We also had our guests write a special memory or advice on note paper, that is tucked away in a box...we will give it to him when he's older.
Hope these ideas help and have fun!!!

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We had a BBQ at the house for family and friends. I just got plates/napkins/decorations from Walmart, Winnie the Pooh 1st Bday theme. I made her a cupcake sized cake to dig into and a sheet cake for the rest of the family. We had the kiddie pool set up in the yard so the kids could splash around and stay cool while the adults visited. It wasn't anything too fancy and we plan on doing something very similar again this year for her second.

Meagan - posted on 05/22/2011

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A picnic with a very few people, cake, and that's it. Very basic. I don't plan to go all out for birthdays until my daughter is school age though. For her second we went to peter piper and the rain forest cafe and I got her an elmo cake from a local bakery. Nothing major, but still something she loved. I think all that matters is that it's fun, no matter how small it is.

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