Organising a first birthday party can be a breeze if planned correctly. Although some families go to extraordinary lengths to construct the perfect celebration, you don't have to go to such extremes to throw a great first birthday bash. Although we went to several where they had hired a hall and brought in entertainment, ours was quite a simple affair, at home with family and friends.
I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted birthdays to be for us. It's not my scene to hire a hall, a disco, a magician and a clown, but I did want a way to make birthdays special, to establish our own traditions, without being caught up in consumerism.
Eventually I decided that our tradition would be the 3 B's of Birthdays: Bunting, Balloons and Birthday Cake!
Balloons too are a good investment right now. We buy the sort that you blow up yourself at home and the cost is minimal. They last for quite a long time too (we still have some from my birthday last November!) BB plays with them for weeks after, and its always special when someone has a birthday and we can blow up some more.
Birthday cake is of course an essential centrepiece of any birthday, and in my opinion it should both look and taste great!
You might not choose bunting and balloons, but you can easily make your child's first birthday a delightful occasion with an awesome and appropriate birthday theme, tasty food, and some special touches for the wee guest of honor. Here are a few tips on how to plan the best first birthday celebration.
Establish a Theme
|My personal attempt at a monkey cake. |
That's a candle in his mouth not a cigarette,
and yes, he does appear to have acne on his
chin - it got stuck to the table when I was
rolling out the fondant icing!
For BB's first birthday I chose a Monkey theme for several reasons. Firstly he was a little monkey, he loved bananas, was not walking yet but a brilliant climber, and cheeky with it too. Secondly, he had a monkey lunch bag which had become quite attached to, and thirdly I thought I stood half a chance at making a cake that looked a little bit like his monkey lunch bag! We already have The Hungry Caterpillar in mind as a theme for his second birthday.
If you can't come up with anything specific to your baby, go with a popular children's toy, game, or show. You can include your theme in the invitations, decorations, menu, music, activities, and birthday cake, which, after seeing my poor attempt, you may decide to order in a far more attractive and personalised one from M&S!
Choose Your Guest List
Plan AccordinglyNaturally, you'll want your baby's first birthday to go off perfectly, however, keep in mind that children, particularly one-year olds, are unpredictable. It's important that your baby is well-rested for his or her party, so avoid scheduling your celebration around nap time. We also tried to have a beginning and end time, hoping the guests would leave before his nap time, but they didn't! I might be more explicit about that next year.
Above all else, remember to relax, have fun, and relish the joy of this monumental day.
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