Need to Know Tips for a Great
First Birthday Party
1st Birthday Tips
Planning a 1st birthday party is a momentous time, especially for parents. Relax and enjoy it with the people you love.
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
At this age, your child will probably not remember this wonderful event and may become overwhelmed by a large, extravaganza. Keeping it simple will make the occasion relaxed and memorable for you and your friends and family.
Children are comfortable in familiar surroundings. It a good idea to have this party at home. If for some reason, a nap is needed, you are right there. Also, any other supplies you may need are at your fingertips.
3. Nap time
Plan your party so that it does not conflict with your child’s naptime.
They will enjoy it so much more if they are well rested. And so will you and your guests.
4. Guest List
Keep the guest list small. This is a party mainly for family and adult friends.
If there are young children attending the party, it is appropriate for their parents to stay. Children at this age need adult supervision.
Keep in mind that your child will need food that you have already introduced.
Finger foods are good. (Remember the bib!—This could be an occasion for a special bib.)
Food for the adults can be whatever you wish, if you wish, and may fit the theme you have chosen.
By making the menu self-serve, you save on work and confusion. Again – KEEP IT SIMPLE!”
6. Party time Usually a party 1-2 hours is good for this age. They tire and may need their naps.
Organized activities are not necessary and may be impossible to carry out at this age. Provide a play space for the children and make sure they are supervised.
8. Create a time capsule
Ask your guests to write a short letter to give to the birthday at a later time.
- Advice for when they grow up
- Wishes for the future
- A party memory and memory of the child’s 1st year.
- Decorate a box and label it To: _____________________
Open on your 21st Birthday!
- Take pictures of the party goers for your child to see what the people looked like when your child was one.
- Take pictures of the party scene before guests arrive and it gets busy.
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Remember to take enough pictures! You may want to designate a person to be your “event” photographer!
You might enjoy the free printable about Making Memories. Take a look