The first birthday party is certainly something to celebrate. It is an exciting occasion for the parents and a great way to create fun memories, even if the baby won’t remember a thing.
It might seem daunting at first come up with a unique idea for a party, organize the setup, invite the guests, take into account all the little details and make the baby feel comfortable. The general rule of thumb is to keep the party simple and intimate. The baby won’t appreciate luxurious decorations while the family budget could use the money for more important things.
Nevertheless, you can still make the first birthday unforgettable with this extensive list of 1-year-old birthday party suggestions:
Organize Fun Projects
With a 1-year-old you can’t expect to have many things going on. Aim for one or two that will be engaging for both the baby and the guests. After all, they can add a little twist to the party but your major focus should be on keeping her relaxed and comfortable. These are easy, yet pleasurable 1st birthday party projects you can try:
- Celebratory birthday card. Get your baby a huge card to mark the occasion and have the guests write their wishes. Once the party is over, put the card away to show it to her when she is older.
- Catching Bubbles. The bubbles are so much fun that even adults enjoy them. Get a bubble pumping machine and have guests and your baby (with a little help from guests) catch the bubbles into plastic glasses.
- Gifts giving. Little children don’t usually care about gifts as much as their parents, but they do care about packaging. Don’t deprive her of the pleasure of swimming in the ocean of the wrapping paper and card boxes once all gifts are unwrapped.
- Soft Play. Set up a separate soft play area for babies and toddlers. Fill the space with soft toys and foam balls.
- Building Blocks. Babies love playing with building blocks. They are not yet ready to build towers but they do like to marvel at their shining colors and knock the towers down.
- Balls. Another great activity to have is to have a bunch of balls and fill up the baby pool with them.
- Dancing. Have music playing in the background all the time during the party, but also turn it up from time to time and throw an improvised dancing session.
Pick a theme and Decorate a Room
There are numerous ways to decorate a room for the first-year-old party. You can choose an all-in-one theme or do decorations of a smaller scale. The themes may vary, but do-it-yourself decorations are a sure way to get your creativity back after the row of sleepless nights and never-ending errands.
Here are some 1-year birthday party plans to get your creative juices flowing:
- Paper Clouds – cut out 3D clouds out of the sheet of white paper and hang them from the ceiling.
- Paper Planes and Trains – make planes from paper sheets and trains from cardboard boxes.
- Party Hats – make standard celebratory hats or some crazy shaped ones.
- Garlands and ribbons – explore do it yourself options as well as ready-made options to add extra cheerfulness to your party venue.
First birthday parties are an event most parents are looking forward to. Whether you want to celebrate one year of parenthood or simply congratulate your baby on reaching a significant milestone in her life, there are plenty of birthday party concepts for 1 year old. However, you need to keep some basic rules in mind: plan a party to last 1 -2 hours maximum, keep the guest list short and intimate, find the right birthday venue and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And don’t stress over it too much. Because, at the end of the day, all that matters is the love and connection in the family, that your baby shall feel all year round.
1st BIRTHDAY PARTY THEME FOR BOYS
It does not take too much to turn a bland party into the most exciting event. Decorations create a celebratory atmosphere and distinguish the party from other family celebrations. Pick decorations that fit your baby’s character, preferences and likes and he will be enjoying the party just as much as you do.
- Pick a color that suits your baby. Blue, green and dark red are favored by parents for boys parties, but you are free to choose whatever color you like.
- Come up with a theme. Party themes for boys can be very creative. Superheroes, pirates, medieval knights, baseball players, surfers – imagine who your son would like to become and you basically have the party theme figured out.
- Create decorations. Don’t go overboard with decorations, but don’t deprive yourself of the joy of creation either. Decorations provide a perfect opportunity for fun family time. You can always buy the ready-made options but making them with your own hands is ten times more exciting. Make funny hats, blow and horns, garlands, colorful cubes, and cardboard boxes. Create custom made invites and a gigantic birthday card for your son. The 1-year-old boy birthday party concepts for decorations are truly endless.
- Invent costumes. Costumes are a good way to engage everyone in party organization and they really break the ice when no one knows each other at the party. Make sure costumes fit the theme of the party and there is a special costume for a birthday boy.
Happenings at a first birthday party should be kept to a minimum. Your son is too young still to participate and make sense of it all, and too many projects might make him tired. Consider something visual rather than active party games, though if you are inviting older tots, games are certainly a way to go it you want to keep them busy.
Things to do:
- Play music. Have music playing during the party but when the guests are all settled and fed throw an improvised dance session: turn the music up, clear the space of the furniture, hold the little ones and dance away.
- Gifts unwrapping. Surely, your boy will get lots of gifts and it will be exciting for him to open and tear up all those colorful boxes. Let him play for a bit in the middle of a wrapping paper mess.
- Building blocks. Having large building blocks at the party greatly helps entertain the tots. They can’t build towers and castles now but they will enjoy the challenge and the new toys nevertheless.
- Creative handouts and party favors. Print pictures of your baby boy and hang them around the party venue.
- Smash cakes. A popular tradition for the first birthday parties is to bake a frosted mini cake for the boy and let him dig in. A smash cake provides a perfect photo opportunity for a birthday boy and a spectacular event to watch for the guests.
First birthday party for a boy requires careful planning and consideration of the theme and projects. These two aspects specifically can really distinguish your party from others. A typical birthday party for boys revolves around pirates and knights, but don’t be afraid to tread onto the unknown territory and come up with your own theme. Perhaps, you are passionate about different cultures. Throw an American cowboy party. Or, maybe, you dream of your boy becoming a doctor? Cover the walls with blue canvas and buy the toy needles. Is your boy a future star? Throw a party full of guests dressed as paparazzi and celebrities.
Get inspired by these and many more birthday party suggestions for a 1-year-old boy. Start planning in advance and enjoy how the incredibly unique party unfolds in front of your eyes. Congratulations and hope the party goes well!
It is always fun to plan a birthday party despite the various obstacles and work that needs to be done. Of course, it helps if you are a born event planner and enjoy throwing big parties but anticipation is what usually get toddlers and parents excited and keeps them going. It is double fun to hold a girl’s party because you can get extremely creative with colorful decorations, lavish costumes, and beautifully crafted invites. So go on, get a little wild and think outside the box to host the unforgettable party for your precious girl.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
Pick a girly theme. A theme is an overall look and feel for the party that you want to communicate to your guests and capture in photos. There are so many already executed as well as novel themes for a girl’s party that you can never run out of choice. Some of the most popular first girl’s birthday party themes are pink colored, but you don’t have to be that conventional. Take a look at the themes that we recommend:
- Ballerina theme – a popular spin off the princess party theme. Confetti, a curling ribbon, balloons and pale colors are indispensable ballerina party attributes. Ballet pump cookies and a birthday party girl gown are also a must.
- Fairy theme – a perfect party theme for a garden. Decorate the garden with battery operated fairy lights, hide small fairy statues in the plants and hang an occasional hammock in between the trees.
- Disney Princess theme. Set up an improvised ballroom and invite princesses from all over the world to join your birthday celebrations. Every guest needs to be in a prince or princess’ costume from a popular Disney movie.
- Hello Kitty theme – who doesn’t love these cute little puppies with small eyes and enormous ears. Throw soft toys around, buy Hello Kitty paper plates and cups and don’t forget the special crown for the main pussycat.
Design creative invitations. Picking a theme is not the only way to get creative with your girl’s birthday party. Every party needs guests invitations and if you can make them visually attractive your guests will appreciate it. Usually, the design correlates with a party theme, meaning for the ballerina party you can try pale colors and ribbons and for a Minnie Mouse party, a mouse ears outline and red colors will be just perfect. Creative invitations put the guests into a party mood and that’s exactly what you want.
Pick a costume or a dress. Another fun part of the party planning is shopping for a gown for your baby girl. You can either match the dress to the party’s theme or just buy a lavish dress that suits your child’s taste. There are no limits to your imagination! One thing you should consider though is how comfortable the dress is. It is no fun to spend 2 hours at a party and not take part in all the happenings because of the costume malfunction. Opt for natural, breathing and high-quality fabrics.
Bake a cake. Again match the cake to the party theme for a fully immersive experience. There are lots of things to consider when ordering or cooking a cake: a party theme, the number of guests, the type of the cake and storage facilities at the venue, the ingredients and your guest’s preferences. You can also bake a separate mini cake for the birthday girl just to ensure she is treated as a special princess on that special day.
Have a list of things to do. Your list of projects will vary depending on your child’s age and chosen birthday party venue. One thing for certain – the guests and the birthday girl will remember the party based on the amount of fun they had. Because they are such an important part of a party, for parents struggling to find time for planning, we recommend hiring a professional party planner or booking a special toddlers party package for girls.
Bubbles – blow some bubbles and get youngsters running around and trying to pop them. Bubbles are fun for tots of all ages but especially active toddlers who really enjoy chasing after them.
- Decorate cookies or cupcakes – even though you will need plenty of food and sweets at your party, reserve some cookies, whip cream and sprinkles for this artistic activity.
- Jewelry making – you can either buy jewelry beads for this fun activity or use colored pasta as beads.
- Charades – the game of charades implies one person picking a word or a phrase and trying to pantomime it so that the other party can guess the word. If you have a group of tots at the party this game becomes ten times better as you can divide the kiddos into two teams and have them compete against each other.
- Hot potato. In the classic game of hot potato, children form a circle and throw a small ball to each other. You need to put the music on before the children start playing. The person who has a ball in his hands when the music stops is out. Continue the game til the only person is left and you will have a winner.
Prepare goodie bags. At the end of the party hand over a goodie bag to each little guest. Goodie bags make your guests remember the party even after they left and bring the party atmosphere into their homes. Goodie bags don’t have to be fancy or expensive – you can fill them up with candy, snacks, hand cream and nail polish, fortune cookies, small Lego toys or playdough.
Planning a birthday party for a girl really tests your creative skills. The most fun part is picking a theme and making decorations. And even though the pink party is a standard go-to theme for many party planners, your creativity does not have to stop there. Your girl will appreciate the effort put into a birthday party venue decorations, invites and goodie bags design. And she will, surely, be surprised by all the attention and the celebratory, happy atmosphere you created for her.