Baby's First Birthday Ideas
Does it seem like just yesterday that you were planning the nursery? Choosing a name? Whether you're planning an intimate gathering or a big ol' bash, here are some ideas for ringing in the big O-N-E.
The Baby Book Project
How about completing his first year baby book? Make prints of photos from each month and hang them to create a visual timeline of the past year. Print out monthly details to go along with each month, i.e. height and weight, any “firsts,” relevant events. Your gift to your baby: A completed record book of his first year, full of photos and wonderful memories.
Of all the first birthday parties I attended with my daughters, one of my favorite party activities was making handprints. Little did I know that there are non-toxic stamp pads for babies, making this a relatively easy activity. Recruit a few adults to paint a hand of each child, press it on paper, and quickly wash it clean. Voila!
Simple as ABC
Alphabet blocks, a letter floor mat, even refrigerator magnets can turn a basic party into an ABC extravaganza. Extra bonus? Instead of trying to bake a cake shaped like Elmo, creating a simple square cake to replicate an alphabet cube is much easier and a lot less stressful. (Or try a few smaller squares for A, B, and C—or one for each letter of her name. Easy for Ava. A little more time consuming for Alexandra.)
Photo Credit: Gina Lee Photography
Did your child said “Elmo” before “Mama” or “Dada”? Take some inspiration from this sensational Sesame Street® party thrown by Jennifer Sbranti, the “Hostess with the Mostess,” for Nancy O’Dell’s daughter. The festive feeling comes from the use of the characters’ colors—instead of just the characters themselves –through balloons, candy, and tableware. This slide has been brought to you by the letter B and the number 1.
A Picnic Party
Arrange blankets around your backyard—or in an indoor area if the weather is not cooperating—and scatter toys on each one. Decorate with paper kites and woven baskets. Or use any picnic-y items you already have at home. Pre-pack baby-friendly meals in brown paper bags and line them up on a table covered with a checkered tablecloth. And don’t forget the perfect picnic treat: seedless watermelon!
Have a Blast with Bubbles
Is there a child out there who doesn’t love bubbles? Create a continuous flow of bubbles—perfect for dancing in—with a battery-operated bubble machine (available for around $20). In some cities there are companies that offer bubble shows. A “bubbleologist” comes to your house, equipped with everything needed for a bubble show that will fascinate even the most restless 1-year-old.
Start a Tradition
Parties are fun, but one way to make your child’s birthday mean more than cake and presents is to start a tradition. Some ideas include: making wishes at a local fountain; taking a family photo in a chosen location; taking a drive to a seasonal attraction; donating a toy to a child in need. Part of the fun is creating your own tradition. Hopefully, this will be something you’ll be doing for years to come!
The birthday cake is often the first thing you think of when you start planning a birthday party. Think beyond the cake, Mama! Put a little more sweet into your party spread with these fun ideas.view gallery
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