Baby's first birthday is something every parent looks forward to! Here are some tips to make sure her party is a success!
Who to invite?
Do you want to throw a banging party with all of your extended family and friends? Would you like to invite other children to keep yours company or celebrate his birthday in an intimate way with a few carefully chosen guests? No matter what kind of party you choose to organize, we advise you to take into account the personality of your baby in order to plan a party accordingly. Baby won't remember the number of people who attended his first birthday party, but he'll probably be more accommodating if we respect his pace, as Michèle mentions:
“It’s not always easy going out with a young 1 year old baby so I decided to have a cozy intimate dinner at home with close family. With my experience, I now know that a one year old baby does not pay attention to the number of guests, decorations or invitations! »
Where to party?
Many parents now choose to go to a restaurant orbook a reception hall to celebrate, which saves them all the logistics of having to organize the event and clean up afterwards. Whether you decide to celebrate on a date or at home, your choice will indicate the type of activities you can plan, the appropriate menu and a special theme, if you wish to bring a cute touch to her birthday!
The length and the perfect time to party
Is your baby more awake and cheerful in the morning? You might want to consider brunch so you can take advantage of when it's best to join the party. The important thing is to follow his schedule so he can look his best on his birthday.
You will also need to think about the duration of the event since young babies often tire more quickly when there is a lot of external stimulation and therefore can become slightly fussy and go into crisis as I have experienced myself during my premiere party; she ended up in tears as she was over-stimulated as the guests wanted to keep celebrating her!
Of course the chat is in order on his first birthday (we have so many things to tell about this first year rich in anecdotes!), but if you have other children present or even if you want to offer your baby some activities more suited to his needs, we advise you to give priority tothe games in which he can participate such as finger painting, blowing soap bubbles, dancing between parents and children or inflating colored balloons. Don't forget to let him play with the wrapping paper after opening the gifts, it may interest him more than the gifts themselves!
Here's a recipe for non-toxic finger paint that will amaze your little one and is edible! All you have to do is set up a large cardboard or mural on the floor and let her creativity run wild (taking lots of pictures of course!)
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 and a half cups of boiling water
- A few drops of natural coloring
Mix cornstarch and cold water until completely dissolved. Stir in boiling water and simmer until the paint boils and thickens. Divide the paint into several small jars to which you will add drops of natural dye of different colors.
What to eat?
Younger children generally prefer soft, easy and quick to eat foods such as crustless sandwiches, deviled eggs and small bites that they can take with their little hands and devour with pleasure! We suggest that you check with your guests to make sure they have no food allergies in order to avoid unpleasant surprises during theparty.
When we think of the first birthday cake, the majority of parents imagine the famous pig chocolate cake that baby's little handcuffs spread with joy and excitement in his face (and pretty much everywhere!) to the delight of his loving parents.
On the other hand, we must advise you to be careful with very sweet cakes, especially if your child has never eaten sugar before. Although we want THE classic photo of a baby buttered in chocolate, it might be better to choose a slightly less rich cake on his first birthday to avoid the sugar crisis that can follow as in testifies Sonia:
“I had made my daughter a very beautiful chocolate cake, but she had never eaten chocolate before! She immediately went into a sugar high and spun non-stop for 45 minutes almost like a top! I was afraid that she would hurt herself, I didn't quite understand what was going on…”
Want to give him a gift he'll love? At this age, they generally like color and noise, so developmental games are a great choice. You can also buy a big gift that will serve him for a long time like a swing set for the yard, an inflatable mobile or a giant stuffed animal. You can also offer plus size clothes, which parents will find very useful!
Enjoy this firstbirthday, it will become a reference in your family memories! Stock up on photos, videos, giggles and fun!