Having your little baby turn one only happens once and you want to make this first birthday party special. Where do you begin?
Having gone through the experience 4 times with each of my children I have a few tips that been helpful to me.
Here are 5 tips for throwing a successful first birthday party
1. First Birthday Party Theme
The theme is like pizza crust. You can’t start adding all the delicious toppings until you have your crust. The theme can be as simple as a color, number, or letter. You can also go with characters from movies or books. Sometimes the theme ends up being whatever was on the clearance rack.
For my oldest son the theme was construction. He got a Tonka truck that year and 9 years later he still uses it!
Baby #2 was Cupcake theme. Delish.
Baby #3 was “One Happy Camper“
Last, but not least we just recently celebrated with a “Fun to Bee One“ party.
2. Party Time and Location
The most important part here is to go with what you know works best for your child. If their bedtime is early have an afternoon party on the weekend. If your child is uncomfortable in unfamiliar places stay home.
3. Enlist Helpers for the First Birthday Party
You cannot do this alone! You should be enjoying this special event and you can’t do that if you are running the whole show. Here are some jobs that you may want to assign to close friends and family, or a professional.
- The food and drinks
- Photography/ video
- Someone to watch the baby during set up
- Someone to keep a record of what gift is from whom for thank you cards.
4. First Birthday Party Schedule
You don’t have to stick to the schedule, but it is better to change it as you go than make it up as you go. Given that your child is turning one, short and sweet is going to be your best bet for this occasion.
Here is an example schedule from our last first birthday party
1:00 pm guest arrive
1:15 Eat (pizza, salad, snacks, and drinks)
1:35 Sing happy birthday and eat cake (change baby’s outfit after cake)
2:00 Open presents
2:45 Watch slideshow of guest of honor
3:00 Party ends
5. Some Things to Consider When the Party is for a One Year Old
Throwing a birthday party for a one year old will be different than any other birthday party. You will want to decide how to handle some of the party activities before hand.
Here are some questions you may not have thought of
*Who is REALLY going to blow out the candle?
*What will the baby wear before, during, and after the cake?
*Is the party going to be after naptime and how long will it last?
*Who will help the baby open presents and how much will they assist?
*What is your backup plan if the guest of honor does not seem to be enjoying things?
Pinterest is full of ideas and it’s fun to incorporate your own special touch. However, don’t let unrealistic expectations get in the way of being able to enjoy the moment. You can’t control if your baby cries through the birthday song or if he or she is disinterested in the presents. Just be prepared for whatever happens, the more relaxed you are the more your child will be. Have a good time and be sure to document it. The guest of honor probably won’t remember their first birthday party, but down the road you can remember how special it was and later don they can hear all about how fun it was and see pics of how cute they were.