All the first birthday party ideas on this page are for an at-home birthday party, and as such I have preferred rather simple first birthday ideas.
I guess you already have some ideas about how your child's 1st birthday party should be. If not, now the time has come. Have fun planning a 1st birthday party for your kid, get into the spirit of the theme, but don’t try and outdo yourself with this first birthday party ideas.
Well, anyway you’ve come to the right page. This is where you can get some great ideas of what you can do for the party.
Please remember, though, that these birthday party ideas are just a bunch of tips and hints that you can run with to help make your child’s first birthday party as fun and relaxed as possible.
These ideas are not rules to swear by, but they can help make it easier for the guests and birthday child alike (and hopefully for you as well).
But first, let's start with the beginning, the 1st birthday invitations:
When you are the parents of a 1 year old child, there are so
many things you have to think about all the time, so I want to
make it as easy as possible for you:
In this part of the page I will give you lots of templates of funny and cute and original first birthday invitations and premade printable 1st birthday invitations, ready to print. It can't be much easier.
|First birthday invitation, boy with toys||1st birthday invitation, boy drummer|
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|Blue bird baby birthday invitation||Cheap 1st birthday invitation|
|Elephant birthday invitation 1st birthday||1st birthday invitations girl|
|Colorful cute 1st birthday invitation|
I suggest you make only a few and very simple birthday games, as unwrapping all the presents and having lots of guests around him/her is already a lot to take in for the only-1-year old birthday child. But I think these three birthday games will go well for everybody.
Baby Can… -- This is a fun game rather than one that has the objective of winning. Say, “Baby can…” along with another instruction (i.e.: touch their nose, clap their hands, show their teeth, growl like a tiger, etc.). If there are other babies to the party, see which babies can do as many things as possible, and hand out prizes of baby treats to all the babies that participate in the game.
|1st birthday invite||Printable 1st birthday invitations|
|1st birthday invitations girl||Baby 1st birthday invitations|
|1st birthday invitation girls||1st elephant birthday card|
the party on the weekend, as that is when all of the family
can attend. Parents and adult guests have to work in the week, and
all of the friends of the special birthday child are likely in
daycare or with their parents. Weekends are great party
Plan around the little one’s nap time, meaning that the party is either in the morning (before nap) or in the afternoon (after nap). Baby will be much more likely to be happier and less fussy, making it easier for you as the parent to have a fun party.
If some of the guests are bigger kids, then you can plan some activities for them when the birthday child is having a nap.
Don’t plan for the party to be too long, especially parties in the morning. Keep the party to an hour or three max, as it will give baby time to have fun, enjoy the cake, open presents, and take a nap (thus giving adults time to have fun after the babies are napping).
When planning the party food, make sure to find out if there are any allergies in the crowd. Pasta and pizza is always a popular choice. The idea is that the little ones can eat the food with their hands, so go nuts with the finger food and bite-sized desserts. Also buns and cocoa with whipped cream and maybe small marshmallows on the cream is a popular choice. You can make a smash cake for the birthday child, but why not make a lovely birthday cake for all the guests in stead?
A first birthday party only happens once per child, but you can get some great birthday party ideas and tips from other parents who have thrown parties for their children.
The unique birthday party ideas you can get from them will make it easier for you to plan your own party, and you can use them to help streamline the party and make it as problem-free as possible.
If you are puzzling over the guest invitation list, think about which relatives and friends the child likes most. There is always a favorite aunt, a close friend, the grandparents, and the one guy he or she always laughs at, and these are the people that you should invite to the party. You may want to trim down the guest list or invite the world, but make sure that the child’s favorite people are there on this special day.
Keep in mind how much space you have at home. While this is a party for Junior, you don’t want too many people cramming into your house for the party. Keep in mind how much space you have both inside and outside the house, and think about how many people you can realistically invite. Remember that you will not only have to entertain guests, but will also (quite literally) have your hands full of the little one the entire time as well.
Inviting other toddlers around the same age as your birthday child is one of the best 1st birthday party ideas, but keep the number to no more than five (two or three is best). The purpose of the party is for the parents to have fun as well, and too many small children to take care of makes this party more like work than fun.
Remember that your child’s first birthday has one unpredictable factor: the child himself or herself. There are likely to be tears, diaper changes, naps, and all the other fun baby issues that you may need to deal with, so don’t plan your party’s schedule too rigidly.
Make sure the area where the party is being held is as baby-proof as possible. If you can have your party outside with a special enclosed party areas where the babies cannot escape, all the better.
Always have enough toys on hand for the little ones that will be playing around. Toys helps babies and toddlers to stay occupied (parents' code language for “out of trouble”), so make sure that you have a wide assortment of age-appropriate toys within easy grabbing distance, at least until the new gifts are unpacked.
Don’t automatically take care of the little one and the party yourself, as you are going to end up going crazy. Even if you can rope your husband/wife into helping you prepare the party, consider getting a close friend to watch the birthday boy or girl for you as you do all the setup, care for the guests, prepare the cake… (and on and on your list goes)Make sure to spend some special time with the little one once the guests have left, if your baby is still awake. After all, it is about the little one and his or her loved ones, so get some special Mommy/Daddy/baby cuddle time to close the celebration.
Keep in mind that the 1st birthday party theme is usually dreamt up by parents who want to make their child’s first birthday party special, while the party ideas on your child’s mind are: nursing, cake, nap, toys!
That’s the best part of being a parent: you can have fun coming up with great 1st birthday party ideas and say they are for your kid (instead of for you, as they really are). Still, you get to have fun coming up with these party ideas, and the theme can definitely be one of the best parts.
I won't say much about themes here, but take a look at my page Kids birthday party ideas where you will find links to other pages here dedicated to different birthday themes for kids, such as the pirate theme, dinosaur theme, slumber party etc.
Other theme ideas:
• SpongeBob Squarepants
• Dora the Explorer
• Blue's Clues
• Bob the Builder
• Yo Gabba Gabba
• Power Rangers
• Vehicles: trains and cars
|Katmosaurus first birthday card||Happy birthday card toy train|
|Chinchilla birthday party greeting||1st birthday poem on a birthday card|
|Two cute kittens Happy Birthday card||Happy birthday kitten in swing|
|"The big 1" birthday card||Cute printable kitten birthday card|
|Funny Giraffe birthday card|
|Homemade mermaid birthday cake||Tinkerbell birthday layer cake|
Actually the Tinkerbell birthday cake shown above was a layer cake, and layer cakes are the favorite birthday cakes in Denmark (where I live).
You can make all kinds of fancy birthday cakes, but you have to have a layer cake!
And, if you make a layer cake for your kids' first birthday, everybody will enjoy it, but especially the birthday kid and other toddlers can have a lot of fun eating it. You don't need a smash cake, with a piece of the layer cake you've already got it!
For making the layer cake, try this link, where you will also find a recipe for the red velvet cake. Of you don't like to try that red velvet cake, try this one:
Red Velvet Cake2 ½ cups of cake flour
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