A baby’s first birthday party is an event that many friends and family look forward to. Infants go through a lot of changes that first year of life and it is very exciting to be a part of the first birthday celebration. The challenge with a baby’s first birthday celebration is that it can be difficult to come up with a theme. Children are still very much dependent on their parents when they are one year old. Many children are just starting to develop their preferences, so it can also be difficult to settle on a theme for the party that you think your child will like. Additionally, the birthday baby is not going to be able to participate in the activities at the party. Therefore, thinking of activities is also a challenge. Although first birthdays present unique challenges for the parents who are responsible for throwing these parties, there are still many ways to make everything work out and to be able to enjoy that first birthday for the momentous occasion that it really is.
Year in review
As was mentioned earlier, a baby’s first year is generally filled with a lot of special events. For example, in the first year a child learns how to crawl, has his first tooth, says his first word, etc. You can take these important pieces of information and use them in a word game. You can create a word search or another type of trivia game that will get the birthday guests thinking about the birthday baby and what he or she has been up to recently. At the end of the game you can read off the correct answers and your guests will be able to keep that information with them.
You can use this first birthday as a time to make memories that are intended specifically for opening at future birthday parties. Create this birthday time capsule by inviting guests to take a piece of paper and write down their hopes and dreams for the child’s future, or to simply write down a birthday wish. On the child’s next birthday, the box can either be opened, read, and have a new one started, or it can be left alone and added to. You can continue this tradition of adding to the box for as long as you like. Obviously as the child gets older, he or she will be better able to understand the meaning and purpose of this special birthday time capsule.
Stick with the basics
Some of the most popular baby’s first birthday themes deal with very basic ideas. For example, your baby might enjoy an animal party or a colors party. Perhaps your baby has a favorite stuffed toy; you could have a plush party. Chances are that your baby has a favorite fruit or vegetable that you can make for them or incorporate into a special baby cake that he or she can eat on his or her own. The point is that you can keep your baby’s first birthday very simple. This birthday celebration is different from the others because the party tends to be more for other people than for the baby in the sense that the baby could probably care less whether or not they were having a party. The one thing that your baby will be aware of is the extra attention and, as we all know, babies love attention. Enjoy this first birthday celebration that is really the first big celebration of all the “firsts” that your child has had so far.