First birthdays are a big milestone in the life of a child. Hopefully, this will be the first of many joyous birthday celebrations surrounded by loved ones. There will also be the famous first bite of birthday cake. Make your child’s first birthday an occasion that you’ll always remember with a cute and cohesive birthday theme, great food and entertainment for your guests, and a few special touches for the guest of honor. Your baby’s first birthday is certainly something to celebrate. However, while you might want to throw a party and buy her a special present, don’t feel pressured into going over the top. Your baby won’t appreciate such extravagance and small is definitely beautiful at this age. Your child’s first birthday party is as much for you and the family as it is for the birthday boy or girl. They won’t remember the event, but you can make sure it’s a party that’s worth telling stories about. After all, you want to share the joy as your child grows.
For party planning suggestions and tips on keeping your baby (and young visitors) comfortable, read on. Your 1-year-old may be fearful of strangers, and strange or new places. Despite liking other babies, she won’t understand how to play with them yet. She will enjoy individual attention and likes to make you laugh. These factors often convince parents to opt for an intimate, low-budget family party or small gathering of relatives, close friends, fellow parents, and neighbors. Your baby will probably still be taking a morning and afternoon nap when her first birthday rolls around. If so, it’s best to plan your party around nap times if possible. And if you’re inviting other young guests, check out their nap times with their parents. Once one starts crying, they all might! You may want to keep the party brief an hour or so is probably long enough at this age. Another very important aspect of hosting a party is to remember your guests. While the party may be about celebrating your child’s first birthday, it’s still your first venture into being a host and keeping guests happy should be something you focus on no matter the party theme or occasion. The best way to make sure your guests enjoy your first party is to make them feel special and to make sure they’re well cared for throughout the party. Be attentive to their needs and keep an eye on their food and drink levels during the birthday party. Are any friends or family members vegetarians? Do they have allergies? If so, be sure to offer several food options for partygoers so that they leave feeling satisfied and not underfed. Make a point of thanking them for coming and try to demonstrate without necessarily saying it out loud how glad you are to have them there for your first party.