Your baby's first birthday is a time of celebration for the whole family! It may seem like just yesterday that you bought your baby home from the hospital, but here it is – already time to plan your baby's very first birthday party, and I am sure you are eager to begin.
Your baby's first birthday is a stone, but one most celebrated by the family, rather than the child. You may be tempted to buy out the toy store, but at this age, your child is likely to be much more fascinated with the box a toy came in, instead of the toy itself, so you could ask your guests to all chip in on one special gift, such as a youth bed your child will be ready to use in no time, or clothing and more practical gifts. Your child definitely will not mind, and a few inexpensive, brightly colored learning toys will certainly satisfy your toddler.
If your child has a favorite animated character, consider building a theme party around that character, but often the biggest mistake new parents make, is thinking they should invite every child they know, to their baby's first party. Although your child is growing quickly, at your baby's first birthday party, few will have developed interactive socialization skills involving other children of their age, and are generally much happier, and more content, around the familiar faces of those they know and love. I recommend close friends and family members to fill the guest list for your child's first birthday party, but you should decide to invite children from a day care or play group, be certain to choose around nap times, and provide a safe place for all the toddlers to play, such as an enclosed pay area.
Be certain to provide spill-proof cups instead of paper party cups, to avoid lots of clean up later.
For this very important first birthday party, one thing not to forget is plenty of film for your camera, or perhaps even splurging on a professional photographer, especially if there are relatives who live far away or are unable to attend the party, they will cherish the photos of your one year old as much as you will, and considering giving your child their own mini cake for the beloved photos of your child digging into the birthday cake. Children do indeed grow up so quickly, but in the years to come, you will cherish the memories of this first birthday party forever!