While researching First Birthday’s I was thoroughly amused at the amount of info and opinions on this topic. Do’s and Don’t’s ranging from only inviting VIP’s to staying within budget (on the same list, however, they encourage hiring a photographer – must be quite an extensive budget then?). First birthday’s are a significant milestone especially for parents. Your swaddled bundle is a baby no more and you can not believe how quick it has gone. It is such a a personal and special occasion that I say do whatever fits your beautiful family. If you enjoy socialising as a family, have a big event, if a family outing is more enjoyable – do that. As long as you CELEBRATE!
A Fantastic Mr Fox autumn festival with family and friends.
Moonrise Kingdom Cake Smash
All out Indian Princess Party
An outside FIESTA
Our Top Tips:
Choose a time that is best for your baby (often after their nap).
Be mindful about snacks. You might want to opt for finger foods you usually give your baby – dried mango, fruit slices, biscuits, yoghurt/chocolate covered rice cakes. If you’re not planning a cake smash, cupcakes are a good alternative and less messy.
When it comes to gifts a great rule for parents is to stick to the following rule:
something they WANT / something they NEED / something to WEAR /
something to READ.
Babies tend to play alongside one another rather than with one another. A large open space with a variety of toy baskets that can be packed and unpacked is great idea.
We suggest planning the first birthday party at home. This where your little feels most at home and it is usually babyproof.
Regardless of how well you plan, being the hostess and mom to a one year old means that you will probably be busy the whole time. Appoint one or two people to take photos. You will be so glad you did.