Make no mistake: The first birthday party is really a celebration of the anniversary of your becoming a parent. While your one-year-old may enjoy a festive atmosphere, she will have no idea of what a party is. Many parents choose to make this a celebration for adults only. If you decide to invite other babies, be sure to keep the party short (under an hour) to accommodate nap schedules.
- Formal games are unnecessary. Blowing bubbles or singing songs will provide all the amusement little ones need.
- Be sure to take plenty of pictures of your child’s frosting-coated face (photos will provide your child’s only memory of the party).
- Keep it short.
- Don’t bother buying a cute paper tablecloth and napkins. They’ll probably just get eaten. Instead, go to an art-supply store and get blank white paper from a large roll. Cover a table completely with the paper, securing it with tape at the ends. Set a bunch of crayons on the table and watch the kids color their own table cloth.
- Be sure to host your small guests in a completely baby-proofed room.
- Avoid balloons, which present a choking hazard when they pop.