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How to Plan Your Baby’s First Birthday Party

Your baby is now officially a toddler—which means you’ve survived your first year of parenthood! Congrats! It’s a big milestone, so celebrate the moment in style. When to host a party to serve your guests, here’s how to plan a ‘one’derful first birthday party.

When to Throw Baby’s First Birthday Party

You want your friends and family to be able to attend the party, so if the baby’s first birthday falls on a weekday, the weekend before or after is a good bet. Plan the party after naptime, so your little one is well-rested and less likely to be fussy. Limit the bash to a few hours rather than an all-day affair since parties can be overwhelming for small children, especially if there are a lot of guests.

How Many People to Invite to Baby’s First Birthday Party

If it’s going to be intimate, the party might include grandparents, aunts and uncles, and a few baby friends from your daycare or playgroups. If you want to go all out and have a huge bash, invite extended family, friends, coworkers who have kids, and so on. The size of your party ultimately depends on your preferences, as well as your budget—obviously, the more people you have, the more food, beverages, and space you’re going to need. Begin with your must-invite list: the people you wouldn’t celebrate without. If you can add to your headcount, keep going.

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Where to Have Baby’s First Birthday Party

If you have a big enough home and want to save some cash, throwing the party at your house could be a good option. Hosting the event at home means guests can hang out longer, and the baby has a place to nap if they get tired. Plus, the baby might be more comfortable in familiar surroundings.

Booking a restaurant or a children’s play space is another great option. It can be costly, but the significant advantage is that you won’t get stuck with cleanup. There’s also no prep to deal with, and you won’t have to entertain guests as much.

If the weather is good, why not head to your favorite park? You can set up food and decorations at a picnic table (some parks have barbecue grills). Plus, there’s already a play structure to occupy the kids—make sure that you have enough adults to keep an eye on them. Check with the local parks department to see if you need a permit or make a reservation for the space.

Wherever you decide to host a baby’s first birthday party, make sure there’s space for your little one and their friends to crawl around and play safely and for you and your mom guests to nurse and change diapers. It’s also smart to prep a private, quiet space if your baby or one of their friends gets fussy and needs a breather.

How to Choose a First Birthday Party Theme

Good food and good company are the keys to any great party—but to make baby’s bash extra special, consider picking a first birthday party theme to help guide your party prep. Whether you land on a particular color or animal character, you can design everything from your invitations to your birthday cake and decorations around the theme.

The good news is, there are so many great themes to choose from! Does your baby have a beloved elephant toy they sleep with every night? Try zoo animals as a birthday theme. If your favorite part of the day is reading to baby at night, pepper the party with books. Or you can take inspiration from the season and go with an apt color theme, like spring pastels or winter whites.

What to Serve at Baby’s First Birthday Party

When planning the menu, consider whether the party will be primarily adults or if there will be kids of all ages coming too.
For kids, healthy foods and snacks and can be eaten on the go are good choices—things like mini grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken fingers, or single-serve boxes of raisins. And, of course, definitely have the baby’s favorite food on hand. For adults, try sandwiches, meat and cheese platters, and veggies with dip.

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Disclaimer: The views, opinions and positions (including content in any form) expressed within this post are those of the author alone. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this article are not guaranteed. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The responsibility for intellectual property rights of this content rests with the author and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with him/her.

This post was last modified on November 15, 2021 9:29 am

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