The big day arrives, the first milestone in your little one’s life and you want to throw them a fun first birthday party. Already these little characters are developing their own likes and dislikes; perhaps they’re a girl who adores all things pink and princess-related or a boy who loves dinosaurs or tractors – either way, we have a few tips and ideas on throwing a fun and bright 1st birthday party that all the family will enjoy.
Start as you mean to go on and send out first birthday party invitations to friends or relatives. You can email or telephone to ask people but it is nice to mark this important occasion with a special posted invitation to keep, so keep it traditional! There are lots of fun and unique options available for both girls and boys. Little ones can get overwhelmed and overtired due to all the excitement of the day – not to mention their parents – so keep the guest list small and save yourself unecessary hassle – you will be glad you did by the end of it!
As one-year olds like to pick up what they eat (with their hands mostly) keep party food easy, with some cut-up banana and strawberry bits in bowls and stick to food and drink they know and like – now’s not the time to experiment. Other party guests may include older family members, so have some finger sandwiches and cupcakes for them to eat. For older guests who are staying longer, more substantial snacks and a glass of wine might be appreciated.
Even though your child isn’t likely to remember blowing out their first birthday candle, the 1st birthday cake is a very important part of the day and an exciting moment. It’s a chance for everyone to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them for the first time and provides a great photo opportunity for the family album. Make the birthday cake in a simple flavour with soft icing and your baby will be able to eat a few mouthfuls of it. Use rice paper to create a motif or to spell out your child’s name.
If there are other babies and toddlers at the party, having a few brightly coloured building blocks and toys around will keep them busy. They respond well to nursery rhymes and songs with actions so have a a 1st birthday party CD to sing along to. Parents will be around to supervise their tots so there is no need to have an entertainer. Some babies may be crawling and others wobbling around on their feet so clear lots of floor space for them to explore!
Hanging balloons and streamers around the party room and high-chair decorations will excite even the smallest party-goers as they will love the bright colours. Personalised 1st birthday banners add a lovely touch and Party blowers might be fun to use to make them laugh. Tableware can be bright and simple, or feature their favourite character – Peppa Pig, for example. A mixture of the two works well and won’t be too overwhelming for little eyes to take in. Animal-themed parties are universally popular.
Party Bag Ideas
It may be fun to send the smallest guests away with their very own helium balloon that they can gaze at when they get home. Otherwise, filling a 1st birthday party bag with a wooden toy, a book that you can read at bedtime or some bath toys will ensure that the fun doesn’t stop when it’s time to leave.