Can it really be a year already??? Making it through the first year is a huge mile stone not just for baby, but for the whole family. And what better way to celebrate than by throwing a beautiful first birthday party. Although your little one won’t remember it in the long run, you certainly will – so why not celebrate in style!
To help you plan baby’s birthday, we’ve put together a few of the best bits from around the web to give you a little party planning inspiration:
It’s a good idea to restrict the guest list to VIP friends and family, as having too many people around could be potentially overwhelming – you know your little one best, so it’s down to you to judge. The best time to start the fun is right after a nap, and baby’s appearance at the party should ideally last no longer than 2 hours – that way your baby will be fresh, happy and ready to play.
This may be the only time that you’ll get completely free reign on a party theme without opinionated tots calling the shots, so make sure you pick a good one! We found some fantastic theme ideas on Pop Sugar – how about Busy bees, little stars or hopping bunnies? And here’s a little inspiration from Pinterest – we love little princesses, dinosaurs and jungle animals!
The great thing about a first birthday party, is that the entertainment pretty much takes care of itself – the little ones will be happy playing! Set up a mat or a soft play area in the middle of the floor or the lawn, and arrange seats for guests to relax, chat and supervise the kids – simple and stress-free!
Keep the food simple for you and yummy for the kids – we love this fruit rainbow from Fun Finds for Moms. And for the older kids and grown ups, you could go for finger foods and picnic snacks – these can be as simple or as elaborate as you like!
And of course no birthday party would be complete without a birthday cake! If you’re up for a laugh and a lot of mess, why not set up a cake smash! Just make sure to have cameras at the ready to capture the demolition!
Check out Jessie Jane’s vintage ice cream parlor party ideas
And speaking of capturing the moment – don’t forget to take plenty of pictures! We love Daily Mom’s list of must-take photos for baby’s first birthday; why not have a little photo shoot to mark the occasion! Whether you hire a professional, ask a friend, or take the pictures yourself; baby will have fun playing dress up, and you will get some gorgeous images to send to the grandparents!
Of course baby’s outfit is the most important today, but mommy deserves a party dress too! Browse our gorgeous maternity & nursing dresses online, or for a more formal affair, the maternity cocktail dresses in our LUXE Collection would work perfectly.
However you choose to celebrate, make sure to enjoy this special day with your little one – after all, they only turn 1 once!
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