1st Birthday Party Themes
Your main goal for a first birthday party is to create a fun atmosphere. This starts when choosing a theme. Your theme should involve fun activities, as well as exemplify your child’s personality. Themes can be based on colors like pink and gold or yellow and grey, styles such as ‘shabby chic,’ movies or television shows, or animals.
If you’re looking for something more unique, fun and memorable, consider basing the party theme on your child’s favorite object like trash trucks or fire hydrants. Once you have chosen a 1st birthday party theme, work to include it in your invitations, decorations, the cake, and food.
Invitations and Birthday Presents
Invitations set the tone for a memorable party and tell guests what to expect. When sending invitations for the party, remember to include information for gift ideas or a link to online gift registries. Consider asking for a mixture of items, and when adding clothing to your wish list, ask for a size or two bigger so you’ll be prepared for the next growth spurt. Increase your baby’s bookshelf for years to come by asking each guest to bring a copy of their or their own children’s favorite book. You can also ask for toys that will grow with them, toys that convert as they age or those that are a bit too advanced for their current age to help ensure you get the most of them.
Once you have a memorable theme, you need to consider decorations. Common decorations include party balloons, posters, banners, and garlands. Balloons are by far the most common and cheapest option for part decorations. Luckily, there are many ways to make these common decorations more memorable.
Balloons can be used to create an artistic look at the first birthday party. Partially-filled helium balloons create fun, hovering balloons. Color coordinated balloons can be tacked to the wall in a pattern for above cake or present tables. You can also attach balloons to gift bags with different lengths of ribbon to create a unique way to display the bags.
Add personality to balloons by painting them. Make polka dots, stripes, or paint splatters using stamps, string balloons together to make a garland, add long tassels for a traditional look, or bunch balloons together to create giant flowers, caterpillars, or bumblebees.
You can also add objects to the inside of balloons, including glow sticks to create a subtle glow or confetti or glitter to add a touch of playfulness. Fill them with whatever you want before adding helium.
Games and Activities
It’s important to have fun games and activities that are age-appropriate for children. A sing along to fun and upbeat music can engage children of all ages. Add musical instruments, such as rice shakers or miniature tambourines for extra fun. You can also have parents or older children blow bubbles for the babies. For more memorable bubbles, use larger bubble blowers or add washable, non-toxic ink or dye to the bubble mixture.
Creating a fun play area with boxes is a cost-efficient way to have fun. Make sure boxes are free of staples and sharp edges, and then cut holes in the sides and top. Encourage children to crawl into and through the boxes, play hide-and-seek or peek-a-boo, and use your imagination. It might just be a box, but it can also be a rocket ship that takes your baby to space!
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