A baby's first birthday party is a very important occasion and one that parents will want to celebrate as much as they can. Indeed, a single glance at Pinterest will give you a whole heap of inspiration. From lavish, colour coordinated setups to intimate family gatherings, a baby's first party is a moment that will be cherished by all – although there's no guarantee that the little one will remember it!
With this in mind, it's important to remember that the first birthday marker isn't just about the baby – it also signals that you've spent an entire year as a new parent, whether this is your first child or your fifth. These tips will help you plan an event that will be special for everyone involved.
Choosing a theme
A cohesive theme is a quick way to make the whole decorating process easier. A favourite book, toy, or even word are beautiful thematic ideas, as they represent something that is special to the baby itself. Several cute examples include the Very Hungry Caterpillar or Mickey Mouse.
Shaped cakes, balloon sculptures or even something as simple as a storybook reading are fantastic ways to incorporate the theme throughout the party. It's also helpful to send themed invitations, to help your guests generate some baby gift ideas.
A year onwards, your baby will likely be okay with other people, although the person they'll be closest to will still be you. It's also good to keep in mind that a one-year-old is still a baby, and so may get easily tired out by birthday festivities. Keeping the guest list small, to only close friends and family, is a good idea for this reason.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer to throw a bigger bash, ensure there's a quiet place where your little one can doze off in peace, as the celebrations continue without them.