Ideas for Baby's First Birthday

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Updated: 1/23/2013 3:29 pm Published: 1/22/2013 1:14 pm

Sarah Vespasian with Prairie Hive Magazine knows a thing or two about planning a baby's first birthday party. She did it herself this weekend. In the planning stages, Vespasian found some creative ideas to make your little one's special day really shine. "Choose a theme based on the time of year, a favorite thing of your baby’s (toy, food, song), or just choose colors and carry them throughout the party from the invitations, balloons, cake, and decorations," Vespasian said.

There are many trends in the birthday food world right now. "The smash cake is key - a small cake that the baby can enjoy all to himself (for the first taste of sweets!)," she said. "DIY decorations like garlands, letters to spell the child's name or O-N-E, pretty labels for food and water, etc. are also a big trend. For non DIY-ers, there are even kits sold online to print your own, leaving the graphic design to the professionals!" 

And from how to decorate to what to wear, Prairie Hive has you covered. "Special pieces of clothing (t-shirts, hats) with the occasion (O-N-E) called out are also a great way to make your little one feel special and get ready for those photo ops!" Vespasian said. 

If you're looking for ways to make the party more personal think about creating a photo garland. "It's a great way to show how the kiddo has changed over the year! I used small photos, clothespins and pom-pom trim to make a garland, you could also back the photos on colored paper, add numbers to show each month, etc," she said.
"Another great idea is a First Birthday time capsule - since your baby won’t remember it, put in items from the party, photos, notes from guests, etc. and then open it when they are older (10, 16, 18, etc.)." 

Your child will still be overwhelmed easily, and though the first birthday is mostly for the parents - you still have to plan around your baby. "Pick a time between naps and meals when your baby is most likely to be happy, rested and fed. We did ours from 12-2 pm, right in between nap times, giving guests time to clear out before our 3 pm afternoon siesta, Vespasian said.
Also, keep the guest list small. "Unless you have a social butterfly for a one-year-old, they aren’t likely to have many friends yet. Keep the list to family and close friends and save the big kid bash for next year!"

And lastly, take photos of the decorations, cake, and your baby before the guests arrive. "Once everyone gets there, it’s chaos! Appoint a family member to be the “paparazzi” for the day. You won’t have time to take pictures, taking care of your little one, hostessing and making sure things flow smoothly," she said.

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