Planning your child’s first birthday party is a big deal. While it’s unlikely that your child will remember anything about the day, the pictures from this momentous occasion will last a lifetime. So much happens during a baby’s first year, and your “baby” graduates into a toddler around his first birthday. As you start to plan the party, take into consideration different themes that you enjoy and that reflect your baby’s growing personality. Once you decide on a theme, you can order or make your invitations. Then, gather some decorations that build on the theme and decide where and how you are going to use them. The next thing to focus on is food. Decide whether you want to make the food yourself or purchase it ahead of time. Lastly, you might think about party favors that you can send home with your guests so they can remember the day. For help with these steps, check out these 25 blog entries.
When deciding on a theme, there are a couple of options to consider. You can tie the theme to the birthday child by looking at his nursery theme, what toys he likes to play with or what his favorite food is. Another option is to pick a theme that makes you happy. The birthday boy won’t remember this day anyway, so you are doing this as much for you as you are for him. If he loves cookies, throw him a milk and cookie party. If he loves to play with a rubber ducky in the bathtub, throw him a rubber ducky bubble party. Take a look at these five blog posts for more help with figuring out a theme.
- How to Organize a First Birthday Party at the Beach
- Your Baby is One, 8 Popular 1st Birthday Party Themes to Choose From
- 5 Themes for Your Baby’s 1st Birthday
- Plan an Affordable First Birthday Party
- Monkey Themed 1st Birthday Party
Choosing an invitation for a first birthday can be as easy as going to the party store and picking from the selection they have, but there are so many more interesting ways to create an invitation. You can make invitations that reflect the theme or you can order personalized ones online. Another trend with first birthday invitations is to include photos of the birthday boy every month of his first year of life. If you have these pictures, you can create an invitation like that and give everyone that’s invited a keepsake. For more ideas on invitations, glance through these five blog articles.
- How to Make Your Own Party Invitations (1st Birthday)
- How to Throw a Cupcake-Themed First Birthday Party
- Caroline’s First Birthday… Party Planning Time!!
- 1st Birthday Photo Invitations to Create Memories
- Girls First Birthday Invitation
Decorations help create a certain feeling for the party. Do you want the party to be pink and girly? Then go with fluffy pink decorations! If you have a theme, try to tie the decorations in with it so that your theme carries through everything you do. You will find plenty of inspiration for creating the perfect decorations when you look through these five blog posts.
- Jackson’s Mickey Mouse Themed First Birthday Party (Decorations)
- Jackson’s First Birthday Party—A Vintage Fiesta!
- First Birthday Party Decorations
- Will’s 1st Birthday! Party Décor…
- Avery & Landon: First Birthday Party
If you like to cook, then you can make the food for the party yourself. If you find that too overwhelming, consider cooking part of it and buying the rest. Sometimes it’s hard to tie the food into a theme, but if you can it will add a fun detail to the party. If the theme is about monkeys, then have a banana flavored cupcake. Sometimes you can rename the food something funny to tie in with the theme and create a crafty label telling everyone what they are about to eat. Food can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it, so take a look at these five blog entries for more ideas.
- Our Little Cutie Pie: Clara’s First Birthday
- Cassidy’s First Birthday Party…
- Our Cheeky Monkey’s First Birthday Party
- Little Marbles’ First Birthday
- A Vintage Circus First Birthday Party
While party favors aren’t absolutely necessary, they do give you an opportunity to thank your guests for joining in the celebration. Something as simple as a decorated cookie in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon can make a sweet party favor. Kids at this age aren’t expecting bags of toys, so don’t feel like you have to go that direction with a first birthday party.