It’s hard to believe that your baby is already one year old. It seems like just yesterday you were bringing home a tiny bundle of joy in your arms, and now she’s walking and talking and basically running the show.
It was a momentous occasion for you, and you want it to be a momentous occasion for her, too. You have so many plans for the party that you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with everything that has to get done.
We’ve got tips on how to plan an unforgettable first birthday party, so you can focus on the important stuff—like planning a party where everyone in attendance feels welcome and special!
So, you’re throwing your little one a first birthday party soon! You’ve got the cake and decorations all picked out, but what else do you need to make this party extra special?
You’ve got the cake, and the balloons, and the streamers—but what about the piñata? The tablecloths? The candles?
Kraftedparty.com has everything from unicorn headbands to whatever you need. The site offers a one-stop-shop for all your birthday party needs, from paper plates to piñatas, tablecloths to candles, and everything in between.
Ways to Plan an Unforgettable First Birthday Party
1. Theme birthday
Your first birthday party is a big deal. It’s your first official party as a member of the human race, and it’s also your first social gathering as an individual. So we want to help you make it extra special… with a themed birthday party!
You’ve probably seen a bunch of themed birthday parties online, but did you know that you don’t have to be limited to one theme? Why not go for two? Or three?
Did you know that there are multiple different kinds of themed parties? There’s a general romp through all the wonder and whimsy in Wonderland. Then there are specific events like Tea Party Time or Backyard Beach Bash. And if your baby likes superheroes, there’s an entire genre of superhero-themed parties to choose from!
If you want to make this next year the best year ever, start with a themed birthday party!
2. Outdoor party
It’s a fact of life: babies turn one year old. That’s right, the once tiny, helpless infant has become a walking, talking member of your family who needs supplies like diapers, clothes and toiletries. To celebrate this remarkable development, you may want to throw a party.
It’s totally cool if you don’t want to throw a party—some people are just not into that. But if you are into parties and want to do something really special for your baby’s first birthday, then here are some ideas for you.
If you’re going to have an outdoor party for your baby, it needs to be held in late spring or early summer. This is when the weather is most accommodating for outdoor activities.
Make sure to have lots of food and drinks on hand at all times—for adults AND children alike. No one wants to go hungry at a party.
While it can be difficult to do, try to avoid playing loud music or turning up the television volume during the festivities (unless it is time for a movie). Remember that many babies have very sensitive hearing, so keeping noise levels down will help everyone enjoy themselves and stay safe.
3. Themed cake
You can have a cake shaped like a train, topped with tracks and little figurines. And it’ll be easy to do: simply order a sheet cake from the bakery instead of trying to shape something on your own!
Or, for an out-of-this-world celebration, why not go with an astronaut-themed cake? It’ll look like Mom and Dad are actually floating in space! You could even attach clear plastic balls to the top of the cake (you can find these online), and fill them with helium to give the effect that you’re in orbit.
To save on time and money, consider ordering your cake directly from the bakery before you arrive at the party venue. Once you’re there, you’ll have plenty of time for decorating!
4. Colourful venue
Do you want to make your baby’s first birthday party extra special? Of course, you do! But it’s not always easy. You want something that’s fun and festive, but won’t leave a mess for you to clean up—and if you’re like most of our customers, you want something that won’t break the bank, either.
Whether it’s a themed party or just a simple celebration of your baby’s extra-specialness.
If your baby has a favourite colour or theme, check out some of our balloons in those colours! If they don’t have a favourite colour yet (how is that possible?), we can help with those too: you can choose from a wide variety of multi-coloured balloons. And if they really aren’t fussy about their favourite colours yet, use balloons in shades of white, blue, red and green—or all of the above!
5. Use balloons
Not only is having your party at a venue with balloons the best way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday, but also it’s the most cost-effective option. First of all, renting out a venue is extremely expensive, especially if you end up using it for more than just one event. Second of all, buying decorations can get really expensive—even if you’re on a budget, who wants to spend all their money on stuff for one little party?
And finally—and this is the best reason of all—you don’t need decorations when you’re hosting the party at a venue with balloons. Balloons are beautiful and elegant in their own right, so there’s no need to do any extra work on them or buy any extra decorations. Just move that baby into the middle of the room and wait for everyone else to think she’s absolutely adorable.
First birthday parties are unforgettable. There’s a reason for that. It’s not because of the presents. It’s not because of the cake. It’s because these parties stir up feelings of nostalgia and make you feel like you’re celebrating your child’s special day in the same way your parents celebrated your first birthday.
What are you really doing at a first birthday party? You’re reliving your own memory and tapping into warm, fuzzy feelings of nostalgia that have been triggered by the birthday party activities and decorations.