Your baby is approaching the end of their first year, which is an exciting time for both of you! Throwing a party for your child’s first birthday is one way to commemorate the occasion. We’ve compiled our finest suggestions and ideas to assist you in planning a fun and successful first birthday celebration, big or small, and we’ve even included a checklist to help you manage the event.
1 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas
Congratulations! You made it through your baby’s first year. That was a lot more difficult than you anticipated, huh? Everyone believes that if they get moving and keep their heads up, things will become easier. Ha! Then they start crawling off the play mat to eat stray bobby pins, messing around with the electrical socket covers, and attempting to leap out of your arms for no apparent reason.
Are you worn out? You ought to be. Nonetheless, you want to have a celebration and take photos of the smash cake. You’ve made it to that crucial first birthday, and you want everyone to congratulate you on your achievement. Make it happen; you both deserve to be praised. We’re here to assist you with some adorable theme ideas.
Even if you have to stay close to home, celebrating a first birthday may be a lot of fun. We kept things simple for my daughter’s first birthday earlier this year since it felt like a nice way for me to avoid becoming overwhelmed while dealing with a lot of last-first-baby feelings! These decoration ideas will allow you to enjoy your day without having to put in too much effort, stress, or planning.
If you’re having a birthday party in the winter or if the weather forecast for the day of the party isn’t looking good, you may need to play it inside. Indoor parties can be a lot of fun, and there are a number of creative themes and ideas to choose from. Here are a few ideas for indoor celebrations:
Create a photo booth in a well-lit space for lots of laughter at the party and lasting memories. For a backdrop, choose a brightly colored tablecloth or a large piece of fabric with a wild print and hang it on the wall.
Then collect a variety of amusing props, such as hats, wigs, funny glasses, fake mustaches, and boas, and store them in a large basket nearby. Any older children at the party will enjoy dressing up, and the parents may enjoy making fun of their children — and each other.
Mini Ball Pit
Playing with plastic balls is a terrific sensory experience for babies and toddlers, both boys and girls, so this is a great 1st birthday party idea – just don’t go too crazy. Inflate a kiddie pool in your rec room or living room, and fill it up with this 200-pack of phthalate- and BPA-free balls from Amazon.
It will not only occupy your infant and other children under the age of two, but it will also provide great photo opportunities for your guests.
Party Games & Entertainments
You’ll need some entertainment if you’re expecting a large number of children and adults to attend your party. You want the entertainment to be suitable for one-year-olds while also being manageable for their parents.
Keep in mind that toddlers have short attention spans, so entertainment that lasts a long time or costs a lot of money is generally not the best idea. There are numerous games to choose from, but here are a few to think about for your party:
All you need are pencils, paper, and a box for this party activity. Ask your guests to write a short letter to the birthday girl to be read years later. Offer ideas for what to write to prevent writer’s block, such as helpful advice, a memory from the celebration or first year, or future wishes.
Keep the letters in a container labeled “Do not open until you’re 21.” (or whatever age you like). If you’re throwing an online party, have guests send you submissions via email, which you can then print and save for a later date.
Who’s That Baby?
Request that all guests give you a photo of themselves as a baby in their invites. Then, with a number underneath each, blow them up and place them on a wall or a large bulletin board.
Hand your guests a sheet of paper with numbers on it and ask them to jot down their guesses for who each baby photo represents at the start of the celebration. At some point, go over each photo and say who it belongs to, and provide a prize to the individual who gets the most of them right.
Party Foods & Drinks
At your baby’s first birthday party, have some fun with the party food. Cookie cutters can be used to make anything from sandwiches to biscuits to pizzas. Because some one-year-olds don’t have all of their teeth, softer foods like cucumber sticks, bananas, and other chewable items are perfect.
Try colorful fruit smoothies and interesting jelly and ice cream combinations for sweet snacks. They’re also sweet and squishy, making them ideal for small children to eat. Fresh fruit, chopped up into baby-friendly bits, is also a good option because it’s lovely and easy for little ones to eat.
Without invitations, you can’t have a birthday celebration. How would people know to come if they didn’t hear about it elsewhere? You can make or send invites in a variety of ways to ensure that your guests are not only aware of the event, but also when and where it is taking place.
If you are worried about the templates, I got your back! Here are some cute and colorful invitations that you can use as your baby’s 1st birthday.
FYI, every template in our site is coming for free and can be customized using your laptop, desktop and even through your smartphone.
How to Download
- What you need to do is click (left-click) the preview image.
- You should see a new page popped-up in your display, then you need to “right-click” the image and select “Save image as”
- Locate the destination folder, or just leave it as it is. Then “Enter” to start the download process.
Please note this, all files/materials have been included in that package, so once it’s finished, you are able to customize it right away.