A first birthday is a special milestone for both you and your child. While it is nice to celebrate all birthdays, a first birthday is an extra special occasion. This day can be memorable whether you keep it low key, celebrate with close family and friends or throw a large party. Here are some of our ideas to help make your child’s first birthday celebration special.
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There are so many choices when looking for birthday invitations. To narrow it down, first choose your party theme. Most party themed invitations can be found at places such as amazon or etsy. We love these ones. Remember to put a start and finish time on your invitations so you are able to keep the party between your child’s nap times.
Capture the moments
Make sure to take photos of everything! Your child will not remember their first birthday party but when they are older you will be able to show them all the fun they had at their party. It will be hard for you to host the party and take photos so bring in some helpers. Ask a family member or friend if they would play photographer for the day. This job would be perfect for any teens at the party.
Keep the Party short
Little ones can get overwhelmed and tired pretty easily so try to plan your party around your child’s nap times. A party of about 1 ½ hours is perfect for this age. You don’t want the Birthday child to get tired and grumpy. You also don’t want them to sleep through their own party so you must take that into consideration where planning the time of the party as well.
Ask for help
Looking after the birthday child and hosting the party can be tough at times so ask a trusted friend or family member for some help on the day. They will be more than happy to help pitch in and will free you up to enjoy this special day.
A Smash Cake
It seems a rite of passage these days to have a smash cake at a first birthday party. They are fun to do and will give you the most adorable Instagram worthy photos to treasure. If you are not sure what a smash cake is, it is a small cake made just for the birthday boy or girl. Place the cake in front of your one year old and let them loose. Chances are they will dig their hands into the cake or ‘smash’ their whole face into the cake. Either way these photos will be priceless
It is a great idea to serve party food which can be prepared ahead of time. While it is nice to have hot food, you don’t want to be spending too much of your party time in the kitchen so here are some food ideas that can be made before the party.
Set up a food station with small bite sized party food: You can include foods like small sandwiches, fruit trays or fruit kebabs, individual puddings, sausage rolls, donuts, candy, chips, chocolates, jelly and ice-cream.
Grazing tables are really trendy at the moment, they are easy and fun. Use cookie cutters to make fun shaped food as kids love the novelty of these.
Charcuterie Boards are also another great and easy way to display finger food for your party, you can do a savory board with meats and cheeses or the new trend is candy Charcuterie boards
Balloon Garlands are easy to make and look fantastic for a First Birthday Party, it doesn’t matter what your theme is, there are Balloons Garlands that will fit in, you can purchase Balloon Garland Kits with your theme in mind which makes everything so much easer.
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Boy 1st Birthday Themes
- Wild One First Birthday Theme
- Dinosaur 1st Birthday Theme
- Baby Shark First Birthday Theme
- Prince First Party Theme
- Sesame Street 1st Birthday Party theme
- Safari First Birthday Party theme
- Under The Sea 1st Birthday Party Theme
- Winnie The Pooh 1st Birthday Theme
- Teddy Bear Picnic First Birthday theme
- Constructions 1st Birthday
Girl 1st Birthday Themes
- Boho-Chic First Birthday theme
- Unicorn First Birthday Theme
- Princess 1st Birthday Theme
- Mermaid 1st Party Theme
- Donut First Birthday Theme
- Circus 1st Birthday Theme
- Rainbow Theme First Birthday
- Bambi First Birthday Party Theme
1st Birthday Party Games
Party games are not so much a must at a First Birthday but also nice to have some things for the birthday boy or girl to do, hiring a party clown is fun and always entertaining especially if you have children from all different age groups attending the party. Magicians and face painters are also great entertainers.
Printables are an easy option as you just download and print them off, but they are also loads of fun and a great idea to start the party so everyone relaxes and gets in to the party spirit
Some fun and easy activities you could include at the first birthday party could be:
Remember to enjoy the day and we would love for you to share your party photos with us so we can celebrate with you.