Watching them tumble every time they try to stand up, soothing them when start teething, encouraging them to speak, watching them scribble on walls, getting through the first year of your baby's life is a huge achievement. You successfully made it through a year of diaper changing and sleep deprivation and are probably looking for the best ways to celebrate.
Planning for a 1st Birthday Party
The kind of party you throw will entirely depend on how much you wish to spend. You can either choose to plan a small gathering with only your near and dear ones or splurge on a big birthday bash. No matter what you choose, your baby is not going to remember anything; the only thing he requires is beautiful memories to cherish lifelong.
You can still host a wonderful party if you are low on budget. If money is tight, hosting the party at home, mailing the invitations, keeping the guest list to a minimum and making the decorations on your own are a few ways to keep your party low-cost, yet fun-filled.
Keep in mind that a large number of people might frighten your baby. And once he starts crying, so will the other babies in your party, resulting in chaos. We would always suggest inviting only the family members and close friends. Plus, if you invite manageable number of people, you will be able to cater to the need of your baby as well as your guests.
If handling a large crowd is not much of an issue, you can invite all your family members, friends and even colleagues. You can also invite the children in your locality, but keep in mind that they will be accompanied by their parents and siblings, further elongating the guest list.
You can also take the help of a party planner. That way, you won't have to worry about handling the crowd or making the arrangements and will have enough time to spend with your baby on his special day.
Once you have decided whom to invite, you'll need to think about the invitations. Your family and friends would be delighted to receive a photo invitation for your child's first birthday. Use bright colors for the invitation cards. Go for blue if you have a boy and pink and white would be great options for a baby girl. The designs will also vary for both.
Apart from these, your invitation should include the following:
- Your baby's name
- Yours and your spouse's name
- Date, time and venue of the party
Your baby must still be taking his morning and afternoon naps. So, it is best to schedule the party around his nap time. The baby can get really fussy if he has not slept well and the party can turn into a mess.
Having an afternoon tea party after the baby's nap can be a good idea. It not only gives you enough time to make the arrangements, but also to do the cleaning afterward. If you are planning the party sometime in the evening, you should probably wrap it up before the baby's bedtime.
If you have invited other babies, you should consider checking their nap times, too. Also, at this age, your baby cannot handle attention for too long, especially from strangers. You may want to keep it short, not exceeding more than two hours.
You have a plethora of options when it comes to choosing a theme for your little one's first birthday. You can choose the theme according to your child's interests - like a particular cartoon character or animal.
The party hall should definitely have a banner hung in the center with your baby's name on it. Other ideas for decoration include colorful ribbons, posters, streamers and fringes. And can any party be complete without balloons, especially the ones for children? No! Kids absolutely love balloons.
While choosing the menu, keep in mind that even though a few babies might be able to eat by now, some of them would still be toothless. Consider food items that will cater to the need of both the groups. The little ones will probably eat too little, so instead of the quantity, it is the variety in color and texture of the food that you should focus on.
You can make the cake yourself but you won't get the same variety that the bakeries will have to offer. And with a toddler around who craves your attention all the time, you would definitely not be able to spend so many hours in the kitchen. Coming to the flavor, chocolate is everyone's favorite.
What to Keep in Mind
- The most important thing would be to look out for any kind of hazardous objects such as forks or knives and small objects that could be swallowed.
- Child-proofing the place is a must to avoid any accidents, but, be prepared to handle any.
- Make sure you keep diapers handy.
- You should make it a point to keep all kinds of breakables out of the children's reach.
- Keeping a large space available along with a variety of toys for the children to play would be a very good idea, so as to avoid any kinds of fights.
Make sure you take plenty of photos and videos. If you are too busy, you can ask someone else to do it for you. When your baby gets older, the little one will hardly remember what happened on this day, but will surely be happy to see all the love and happiness that he received. Wishing you a wonderful and fun-filled time!