Plan - Baby's First Celebration
Birthdays are very, very special because they only happen once in
your child's life. Believe it or not, this will be the easiest celebration
of all your child's future birthday parties. Simple is the keyword
and then you'll have as much fun making a fuss over your child as
they will enjoy the attention.
do not understand rules, have no capacity to "wait" their
turn, have short attention spans and constantly want to move around
they are TERRIFIC
After baby's naptime
1 to 1-1/2 hours
Limit the number on your guest list if this is not a family party.
The commotion of a lot of children and adults can cause the one-year
old to become cranky.
in the Corner
In the corner of the party room, lay a blanket down on the floor
and add a large selection of soft toys for all the toddlers to play
with - remembering that for one, two and even three-year olds, everything
starts with the word "MINE" and they believe it is truly
When your child is watching television or has a favorite toy, you'll
be able to tell which character(s) they most especially enjoy. Many
of these popular characters have matching
party supplies and cake decorations that can be purchased. If
your child does not show an interest in any theme, select one that
matches their bedroom or one that you enjoy. If the birthday is
close to the November/December, ask guests to bring an ornament
for baby's first holiday/Christmas tree - and becomes a special
keepsake to give the child when she/he becomes an adult.
If you use balloons, ensure that any popped balloons are not left
on the floor, chairs or table - children can choke on them. Toys
and party favors should be at least the size of an adult fist. Some
toddlers/children are allergic to peanut butter, dairy products,
etc. - check with parents before serving any foods.
Have lots of film ready for wonderful photo opportunities!
Make your own or purchase ready-made
invitations that match your theme - add a photo of the birthday
baby when he/she was born. Your guests will enjoy the personal touch!
Snap a photo of your child with each gift that is opened and include
it with your thank you note. This is a very appreciated gesture,
especially for guests that could not attend the party. As the birthday
baby opens up a gift, snap a photo of the baby and the person who
gave the gift.
Balloons and streamers add instant festivity to any celebration.
(Ensure that deflated balloons are immediately picked up and thrown
away). Centerpieces that are flat-packed and assembled for the party
make wonderful reminders in scrapbooks or tacked to the child's
bedroom wall when the party is over.
Older Toddlers and adults: Pizza (make your own, buy it frozen or
have it delivered - saves lots of your energy in food preparation)
Provide two cakes
one cake "just" for the birthday
baby to eat all by her or himself and have your camera ready!!!
The other cake is for the guests and can be decorated to match the
party theme. A simple cake is to just add "one" candle
on a frosted cake.
While it is not necessary to provide guests with party favors at
a first birthday, it is usually a nice gesture to say thank you
for coming and should be kept inexpensive.
Toddlers: Soft toys, bathtub toys, teething biscuits
Children (over age of three years): Gauge items to ages of children:
Stickers, blowouts, ball, yoyo, bottle of bubbles, mini toys, etc.
Scrapbooking is a wonderful fun way for parents to keep memories
of the first milestone birthday celebration alive for years to come
and makes an excellent gift when the child becomes an adult.
Singing/active games, like Ring Around the Rosy and Itsy Bitsy Spider
fascinate and entertain kids, letting them join in and have a great
time. Lead a parade in your living room -- kids like to make noises
and move around, so how about animal sounds. The leader (you?) makes
a cow sound and the kids make the cow sound and follow the leader
as she/he zigzags around the room. Any other simple "active"
games that include clapping, stomping, giggling, etc. are especially
enjoyed by babies and toddlers. Add some musical instruments and
be ready for fun (and noise).
The suggested games below are not competitive, just an activity.
No winners, No losers.
Ask the adults blow bubbles into the air and let the kids chase
after and pop them.
Edible Crafts, Play Dough and Finger Paint Recipes
This compilation of recipes is aimed at those children that would
rather eat their art supplies than create a work of art! Ahead of
time, make up a batch of play dough and cover a work area in the
party room. While the adults chat or eat cake, let toddlers and
children squeeze and play. For a listing of recipes made from ingredients
found in your home, click on http://www.thepartyworks.com/ediblecrafts.htm
An easy activity and one that will go on and on. Provide six beanbags,
(3 red, 3 blue), and set up a target (such as a bowl or bucket).
Toss or walk up and drop the bean bags into it.
Set up a "fish pond" behind a blanket and have the kiddies
stand in front of the blanket. With the help of an adult, children
drop their fishing lines (use sticks, rope and a clothespin for
a hook) in to the lake or ocean. Another adult behind the blanket
clips a prize to the "hook".
Provide a large pail or rubber container filled with sand. Bury
small prizes all around under the sand and let each toddler dig
till he/she finds a treasure.
Scatter peanuts all over an area and provide each child with a paper
bag, asking them to find all the peanuts. Too simple, yes
but great fun for toddlers. Variation: You can use clothespins for
this activity instead of peanuts.