Time flies when you are having fun, and even more so when you have a baby. Before you know it, your little infant is approaching their first birthday. The fact that your baby is turning one should be celebrated, but many parents wonder how much they should spend, who to invite and what activities to plan. However, it is important to remember your baby's birthday party does not have to be a grand event, just a day to celebrate your baby's birth.
Because your child is still so young and will likely not remember the first birthday, many parents opt for a low key birthday party with friends and family. First birthday parties are most often held at the home of the parents, but can be held at an alternate location. If you decide to hold the party at a location besides your home, be sure that it is safe for toddlers.
The time of the party can also be important, so consider times that would be convenient for your friends and family who you wish to attend. Also, keep in mind the nap schedules of your child and you may want to ask around so that other children in attendance will be well rested.
Once the date, time and location have been decided, you can begin to research invitations. Even if you have to order your invitations in small quantities, an invitation of your child's first birthday party can make a great keepsake, and provides your guests with all the necessary information about the party.
Even if your party does not have a theme, your invitations can! Even if your party is very low-key, your invitations can incorporate the colors or design of the party by giving it some flair.
Here is a list of Invitation Consultants' favorite themes for first birthday invitations:
Another aspect to consider is activities to have at your baby's party. Children as young as one year old do not need activities, just affection and laughter to be happy. So instead of games with party favors and balloons, which is more appropriate for an older child, consider doing some of your child's favorite activities. If he or she has a certain musical video that they love to sing and makes him or her laugh, play it for everyone and let all the children enjoy it. By incorporating your baby's favorite activities, your child is bound to have a great first birthday.
By inviting close friends and family, your child will be surrounded by familiar and comforting faces. Because your baby most likely will not remember his or her first birthday, the most important aspect is to make sure your child has a fun party, captured in pictures and video so he or she can appreciate it later. Just remember to relax and enjoy the first of many memorable birthday parties with your child.