You've made it! While it seems like just yesterday you welcomed a new life into the world, suddenly, it's baby's first birthday. You want to celebrate with your friends and family, and you only get one shot, so you're feeling the pressure.
Relax, we've got you covered. With our first birthday ideas, you will plan a memorable and enjoyable first birthday party for your favorite one year-old.
First step: Make a list. Who are you planning to invite? Just family? Neighbors? Baby friends from daycare? Coming up with a theme and invitations will be easier once you have a crowd-size estimate.
Decide whether online invitations or paper ones are more feasible for you. While online invitations make keeping track of RSVPs a snap, paper invitations have undeniable charm. Plus, they give you a tangible memento to share with your child as they get older.
First Birthday Party Themes
You'll want to select a theme for your party that fits your family's personality and tastes. Think outside of the typical restrictions, and be creative! Does your baby girl love music? Is your baby boy a fan of the beach? Use their interests as a jumping off point. For a music theme, party favors could include recordings of their favorite music. If your baby is a future beach bum born in July, send your guests home with some beach toys in a sand bucket.
First birthday party decorations don't need to be exhausting, however. Add a few light touches, such as a photo collage of the guest of honor along with some banners and decorative food displays - it'll be plenty.
Birthday Cake Ideas
Perhaps the most quintessential element of a first birthday party is the baby cake smash. While many parents look forward to this as a perfect photo opportunity during the first birthday party, they may find themselves disappointed if their child has other ideas.
Instead, consider scheduling a first birthday photo shoot where you can take the time to let your baby explore and smash a cake in their own time. During the first birthday party, have a cupcake ready for your baby to try or smash, but don't feel the pressure of a perfect photo op.
If you have any wants or needs for your baby, don’t be shy when your guests ask for gift suggestions. These are your friends and family, and they should buy items you will enjoy and use.
Documenting Your Memories
This is the only first birthday your baby will have, and you'll want to capture every moment. But don't miss experiencing the joy of the day because you're stuck behind your camera. Ask a trusted friend or family member who has photography skills to document the day for you. If the budget allows, consider hiring a professional photographer to take pictures at the party.
First birthdays are wonderful milestones. Your baby is walking or getting close to being mobile, and you as parents have lived to tell the tales of sleepless nights and first teeth. Enjoy your day, because it is one worth celebrating!