A child’s first birthday is a major milestone. So naturally, you want your little one’s celebration to be memorable and fun, yet budget-friendly. Although your baby may not remember their first birthday, you and the rest of the family will. So, here are 14 of the best ways to celebrate your baby’s first birthday.
Consider Your Baby’s Nap Time
You don’t want to schedule the celebration around the time when your baby usually takes a nap. If your baby generally naps around 2 p.m., then it is better to schedule the party between 11 a.m. and noontime.
Dress the Baby in a Special Outfit
This is a special day, so forget about your baby’s usual everyday clothes. So, you want a unique and stylish outfit that will have everyone taking pictures and commenting. If you can’t afford a new outfit, visit your local thrift shop. You’re sure to find something nice there since most babies only where their one-year outfit once or twice, at most.
Serve Simple, Delicious Food
Since it is the guests who will enjoy the food more than the baby, you want to serve meals that put a smile on their faces. However, you should keep the food simple. By this time your baby may be eating finger foods, so prepare and/or order something everyone can eat.
Plan Activities for the Older Kids
The baby will not care that much for activities, but the older kids will like them. So, make sure you plan games and activities at least a week before the party. That will keep the older kids busy and no one will hear the dreaded, “I’m bored.”
Take Plenty of Pictures
Don’t just rely on your phone to take amazing pictures of the baby. Purchase a good digital camera and snap away. Chances are that the rest of your relatives will capture every moment that they can. Then you can put those photos in a photo album that you can share with your child as he grows up.
Don’t Overspend on Gifts
Because your baby is not at the age where they can ask for the gifts they want, you have the freedom not to overspend on them. In fact, the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins will all probably shower the baby with cool gifts. Maybe you can buy three to five developmental toys and inexpensive casual outfits.
Ask for Help
You won’t be able to handle all of the party planning and preparation by yourself. So there is nothing wrong with asking for assistance. Your parents can pick up the baby’s birthday cake, while your good friends can help serve food and beverages. Your family will want to hold the baby, which will free you up to keep things running. This reduces your stress and helps things go smoother.
Limit Your Guest List
Unless the guests are people you are close to, it’s not necessary to invite the entire gang to the baby’s first birthday party. Babies sometimes get overwhelmed by the constant attention. So, narrow down the list to close friends and relatives.
Don’t Stress Yourself Out
The important thing is to have fun and not stress over the smallest details. Mishaps will happen, and the key is to be flexible with your planning. The main thing is to enjoy your baby’s first birthday and entrance into toddlerhood.
Feed the Baby Before the Party
A hungry baby is a fussy baby, so feed your child before the birthday party. It also helps to offer your baby their favorite foods at the party, too. That way, everyone will enjoy eating together and baby won’t get fussy.
It’s Okay to Cry
Up until this point, your child was an infant. The past year has flown by and it can be overwhelming. So, you will experience a range of emotions about what to expect. It’s okay to feel a loss and a bit sad. But, just know that you did a great job so far. And with support, you can get through the toddler years well.
You survived the first year of motherhood and your baby’s first birthday party is a celebration of that. So, cut yourself some slack and be proud of what you have achieved.
It is easy to make your child’s first birthday fun and wonderful. But, don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, because nothing is, after all. Just do your best, keep things simple and enjoy.