First birthday party ideas are exciting to research. Your baby’s first birthday party is one of the most memorable of all milestones. While all baby magical moments and baby firsts are special, the first birthday party is a time that will be celebrated with all of your family and friends.
Tips for Rookie Moms
Hosting a first birthday party can become overwhelming to rookie moms because they want to be the perfect birthday party hostess. The perfect party hostess simply does not exist, especially when it comes to planning a party for your one year old baby.
While perfection may not be an option, you can still create a magical day for your birthday baby. You do not have to hire an expensive birthday party planner to ensure your baby and guests all have fun.
Searching for party ideas is definitely the highlight of planning for your baby’s first party; however, keep these tips in mind while you are searching for birthday themes:
Schedule around Baby
The birthday party should be scheduled around your baby’s schedule. Have it in late morning or late afternoon right before or right after naptime. Schedule the party for an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Babies at this age have short attention spans. They tire quickly and begin to lose interest early.
Invite VIP Only
While it can be tempting to invite everyone you know to celebrate baby’s special day, keep the guest list short to avoid overwhelming your baby. An overwhelmed baby will likely equal a grumpy baby.
Set Up a Play Area
Set up an area that is baby-proof by surrounding the area with chairs for the parents to sit and enjoy each other’s company while still ensuring their baby’s safety. Include age-appropriate toys.
Try not to Stress
A stressed out mommy will result in a stressed out baby. Try to remember this is all for your baby. Your baby’s happiness is the goal, so ensure the magic happens by relaxing and keeping the focus on your baby.
Top Ten First Birthday Themes
Disney Inspired Themes
Create a Disney baby magical event by hosting a Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, or Mickey Mouse party. These party ideas, Disney characters, are easy to create because of the many supplies, favors, decorations, and games available in stores and online. Disney baby characters are even more popular than the original Disney characters.
The Hungry Caterpillar themed party has become very popular in recent years. It is based on a children’s book “Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. It is one of the top rated birthday party themes at this time. There are many Hungry Caterpillar themed snacks, party decorations, supplies, and games available at your local party store and online. Don’t forget to read the book to the kids at the party.
A polka dots birthday party is popular, especially for rookie moms. It is easy to find supplies, favors, and decorations in polka dots. This is a super colorful party theme that is perfect for boys and girls alike. It’s simple, yet colorful and fun.
This is one of the most popular themes for the first birthday party. There are tons of online stores that sell Sesame Street birthday decorations. They have all the popular Sesame Street characters, such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird. Sesame Street is popular among this age group as they begin to recognize the characters they love on television. There are also baby Sesame Street characters that are very popular, as well.
Baby Einstein characters seem to captivate babies. These colorful animals are not only cute, but also offer an educational experience. From Baby Mozart’s music to Baby Van Gogh’s paintings to Baby Shakespeare’s poems, Baby Einstein has definitely earned its position on our list of fun birthday ideas. For the party, have the kids watch a Baby Einstein DVD, dance to a Baby Einstein CD, and listen to a Baby Einstein book.
Baby Pool Party
Babies love the water too! Your baby, as well as all the other little guests, will likely enjoy a pool party. All you need is a shallow inflatable pool and some mini watering cans and colorful plastic cups to keep them splashing around. Throw in some rubber ducks, water guns, and floating animals. Play water related nursery songs.
Whether your baby is the King of the Jungle or Queen of the Jungle, he/she will have a wild time with the cute zebras, giraffes, and tigers. You will be able to find many incredibly affordable decorations, supplies, and games online or in your local party store.
This is a perfect theme for boys and girls alike. You can create some amazing decorations with food and card stock. Have some Twizzlers for rope. A tractor, tools, and a carpenter are perfect for the cake and paper decorations. Make some tractor shaped cookies. Throw in some blocks and construction hats for the kids.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
This is an easy and fun way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday party. You can make planes out of wooden sticks and automobiles and trains out of foam. Party ideas for this birthday party theme are limitless.
This birthday party theme involves butterflies, ladybugs, dragon flies, lightning bugs, and whatever other type of bug your prince or princess enjoys. A butterfly or ladybug cake is perfect for little girls. A dragonfly or garden cake filled with carrots, peas, and lettuce made from frosting is perfect for little boys. The creativity possibilities are limitless.
No matter which of these first birthday party ideas you choose, your baby and guests will have the best time ever. Just remember to keep the tips in mind, and you will create magical moments that you will remember forever. Help your little one remember these special moments by creating a scrapbook of photos.