Birthdays are some of the most important occasions in society. A birthday is a celebration of a particular human being unlike any other. A birthday celebrates that person’s personality, their talents, gifts and history. It is a unique opportunity to focus attention on a single person and to acknowledge their identity. A bad birthday can stick with someone for the rest of the year; when friends and family forget to acknowledge a person’s birthday there can be big trouble. Although it can be difficult to remember everyone’s birthday, it is extremely important that you do. But what about a child’s first birthday? Is it important to celebrate a child’s first birthday when they are not even aware of what is going on around them? Babies just eat, sleep and go to the bathroom, don’t they?
Although your child might not understand a birthday celebration, a good first birthday party is extremely important. It is very important that you acknowledge the success of a first year. For most of the history of human life it was often a real event when a child lived beyond their first year. Many mothers and fathers had to say goodbye to their little ones too early. A first birthday party is also a special opportunity to reflect on the new child and their life. It sets the foundation for further birthdays and gathers support for the child’s future. Since new parents can always use help with baby stuff; a first birthday is a great opportunity to get things the baby needs. If your baby is about to turn one consider the following birthday party ideas:
1. Theme party. Although the main point of a child’s first birthday is to celebrate them, you can help to do so with certain themes. For example, a party with a storck theme could be quite fun. For all baby birthday parties it is best to decorate with light colors such as light blues, pinks and greens. Make sure that the party is not too loud and does not last too long as one year old babies get tired quickly.
2. Birthday slide show. Because your one year old doesn’t have too much to say, you might need to say some things for him or her with pictures. Collect all pictures of your baby from the last year and create a birthday slide show set to music. This is a great way to celebrate your baby’s new life over the past year. It gives everyone a better sense of the baby’s personality and development.
3. Animal themes. There is a good chance that your child’s first birthday party will have other children as guests. Make the party fun and interesting for them with an animal theme. Include cartoon pictures of cute animals and baby animals. This will help to set a general baby theme for the party and to make a fun, light atmosphere.
4. 1st birthday cake ideas. A first birthday cake is the biggest part of the birthday celebration. Obviously you don’t know the sorts of thing that your child will like in the future–their hobbies, friends and interests. However, you can create a general infant theme with things like a baby bottle, crib or blanket. If you have the time you could even shape the cake like a crib.
As you can see, there are lots of options for your baby’s first birthday party. Brainstorm with your spouse, friends and parents for other ideas. The most important thing is to celebrate this wonderful new person who has entered your life.