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First Birthday Party Ideas, Activities & Tips
Fun birthday party ideas for the 1st birthday
We've collected our favorite party ideas for the first birthday
on one page to make it easy to find ideas that will work with
your party, theme and budget.
1st Birthday Invitations
the special day with birthday invitations is a great way to let family
and friends know about the very important 1st birthday! A first
birthday invitation will not only serve as a reminder that the birthday
is approaching, but will also be a keepsake for family and friends after
the party is over.
1st Birthday Party Tips
Try to plan the first
birthday party for just after nap time so
your child will be awake and happy. If this isn't
possible then try and have the party as early in the
day as you can.
The length of the party should be between 1 and 1 1/2 hours.
Make two cakes - one large cake for guests and one
small cake for the one year old to smash.
The smaller cake, or "smash cake" can be a mini
replica of the larger birthday cake.
Plan to do as much of the party decorations, food
preparation, activity and game set up the day before
the party. Trying to do it all the day of the
party is stressful and makes everyone cranky.
Plan a few things or activities that guests can help
you with during the party. Planning ahead for
the "what can I do to help?" question will ease your
day and make things run smoothly.
First Birthday Party Activities
These activities will help the first birthday
party be something you'll always remember and
keep guests involved
Fill a photo album with pictures
of the first year.
Fill a photo album with pictures of
your child's first year. On the margins around
ask party guests, family and friends to write special
thoughts, memories or wishes to the birthday child.
Create one or two scrapbook pages for the first birthday
Leave blank spots for the party pictures
so you can insert them after the party. Set the pages
out on a table with plenty of pens and markers.
guests, family members and friends to fill the pages
with handwritten messages and well wishes for the one
year old. Insert the pictures from the party and add
any special embellishments you choose.
Create a special time capsule of the first birthday that your
child can open at their 16th or 18th birthday. Fill a
sturdy box with pictures from the party, receipts, pictures
of your house, a favorite toy, birthday invitation,
handprints, birthday candle, decoration, etc. Set out
note cards and ask guests to write a special
note for the time capsule. Include
out of town relatives by asking them to send a special first
birthday note and including it in the box. Then seal up
the capsule and write or attach tags with two dates - the date
of the first birthday party and the date 15 years (or 17 years
if you want them to open the capsule on their 18th birthday)
from the first tag. Place it somewhere safe and then when
the years have passed you will have a wonderful surprise for
your child and something they will treasure forever.
First Birthday Party Ideas
Make a shirt with a large #1 on the front. This is
great for photos! You can draw this on a shirt with a
permanent marker or find an iron on transfer. Many
craft stores sell iron on transfer paper that allow you to
print out a transfer directly from your printer.
Buy large foam #1 fingers for
guests to take home as a party favor. They'll always remember
who's Number One!
#1 Piñata - You don't have to break it open ... they
just look great in pictures!
Tie helium balloons to the high chair to
create a backdrop for pictures.
Drape a colorful vinyl tablecloth over the high chair to create a
colorful sitting place for the guest of honor sit, eat cake
and take pictures. The guest of honors face will show up
better in pictures if the tablecloth is a solid color.
1st Birthday Party Games
birthday party games especially for the first birthday
and younger guests.
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