Awesome Ideas For Your Baby’s 1st Birthday Party

Awesome Ideas For Your Baby’s 1st Birthday Party

FirstBirthdayPartyBirthday parties are a great boost to any child’s self-esteem. Making them feel like kings or queens for the day is one of the best and most lasting gifts you can give them. But where and how should you start.

Theme

Many parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organize invitations, decoration, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect her interests- whether it’s a sports theme, a dinosaur bash, an art party, a backyard beach picnic, or a trip back in time, or an animal adventure.

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Guest List and Invitations

You should make the guest list on your own, but once your child is over three or four, he should be consulted. The invitations can be either store-bought or homemade and should set the mood for the event.

Older kids may enjoy making invitations out of paper dolls, puzzle pieces or computer templates, depending on your chosen theme. In addition to obvious information like the time, date and direction, include special details like “bring a swimsuit” or “parents should accompany children.”

Place

If you decide your home or apartment isn’t suitable for a children’s party, there are several off-site options that come with obvious advantages (including being able to come back to a clean home after the children have been picked up).

For a small fee, you can often reserve space in a community recreation center or local park. Kid friendly restaurants, gymnastic centers, fire departments and hands on museums are also popular. Parties away from home usually work better for children over five since younger children may be overwhelmed by unfamiliar surroundings.

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Decorations

Atmosphere is everything. Once you’ve chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. They don’t mean you need to fly to the Grand Canyon for a campout party.

Kids are naturally imaginative; they’ll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home into a national park. Set up a tent, pass out flashlights and catch fireflies in the backyard.

Entertainment

Depending on the ages and attention spans of your guests, outside entertainment could be a big hit. But younger children (those under four or five) may be frightened or just plain bored by a performance that goes on longer than 45 minutes. Before you write a big check to chuckles the clown, consider looking for some local talent.

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One mother was shocked to hear what the mad scientist entertainer she found in the phone book charged for a two-hour science party. Instead she convinced her girl’s favourite babysitter to wear a white lab coat and making a baking soda volcano. The kids were thrilled with an entertainer who they already knew and loved, the teenage baby sitter was happy to make some extra money, and the mom stayed under budget.

Organize help

Don’t do it alone. Everything will be much easier if you have help- a spouse, relative, neighbour, babysitter or friends who can assist with activities as well as serving and cleanup. This is especially important if you will be entertaining young guests whose parents drop them off.

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Food

For brief parties, cake and ice cream is really the only refreshment you need. Many young children look at the cake as the focal point of the whole birthday ritual, so be sure to let them help make it (or select it from the bakery).

Tradition dictates that the birthday boy and girl gets the first piece of cake (and that they will probably choose the piece with the most frosting and decorations on it). Consider having more than one flavour of ice cream on hand, however, since young children can be picky eaters and prefer ice cream over cake. Older guest may actually enjoy preparing the food as much as eating it, so consider substituting cooking for a craft.

AOne family holds a floor pizza party by putting personal-sized pans of dough on the kitchen floor (one for each guest) and letting the kids put on sauce, cheese and other toppings.

As with all aspects of party planning, try to give familiar favorites a personal twist, turning chicken wings into dinosaur wings for a prehistoric feast or serving chicken drumsticks for an orchestra party.

Control expenses

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party. This is a party for your child and her friends-not for other parents. Save the fireworks display for your next adult gala. The kids just want to play.

Controlling expenses also means that you should not feel obligated to send more goody bags full of expensive toys, while some sticker or a craft make nice souvenirs, most parents agree that it’s time to start saying no to celebrate party favors.

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Dealing with siblings

It’s the birthday kid’s big day but that doesn’t mean you can ignore her brothers and sisters. While you may want to arrange for siblings to go play at another friend’s house, many kids don’t want to miss out on the action at home. If that’s the case, allow the siblings to invite one special friend. They can either play in another room or help out with the party.

You can choose the food the friends, the venue and the decoration but no matter how much effort you put into planning your child’s birthday party, the one thing you cannot control is the weather. And rain on your child’s party is right up there stress wise. There are some rainy day games you can include:

Freeze Dance: this is a great musical game where kids dance around the room then stop suddenly when you pause the music. The slowest to stop is “out” and the game continues until there is a winner. A variation of this game is “bob down”(where the children have to quickly sit on the floor).

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Limbo: Always a good idea to download the “limbo rock” music to your ipod beforehand, of course! {The chubby checker version is particularly good}.

Follow the leader: another great musical game, where you dance and the children copy you. You can then choose the best copier to take charge at leading the dancing moves and work your way around the group. “You may need to jump back in control every minute or so to show them some different moves,” says Steph. “Otherwise they can end up just jumping on the spot!”

Pass the balloon: Arrange the kids into a circle, and have them pass a balloon to each other using just their knees (or elbows). You can either time them to decide who is fastest, or simply call them “out “if they drop it.

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There are plenty other games such as charades, celebrity head, the hokey  pokey and pass the parcel that you could try as well. So with of enthusiasm, some popular music and a lot of energy your kids will have a ball, no matter what the weather. Just have that bottle of wine waiting in the fridge!

Expect the unexpected

The hardest thing to plan for at any birthday party is the unexpected. Here’s what you can do to keep chaos at bay:
  • Be prepared for meltdowns. An adult helper can take a distraught child aside while the rest of the group continues celebrating.
  • Stock band-aids, ice and tissue.
  • If parents are dropping off children, be sure you know about any food allergies or relevant medical conditions.

If you have pets, it’s best to keep them separate from the guests. Include them in your family celebration-but know that some children are allergic to  or afraid of even the most gentle animals. Similarly, many pets are afraid of small children who may not know that it’s bad idea to pull tails or step on paws.

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