S.T. asks from Spring, TX on February 14, 2008
C.L. answers from Austin on February 19, 2008
S.C. answers from Austin on February 15, 2008
We did a cupcake party for my 1 yr. old niece and it was too cute! I made a "cupcake cake" and decorated it to look like one big cupcake...does that make sense? So, when it was time to eat the cake-everyone just pulled a cupcake off. It was so cute and now (Valentine clearance) is a great time to get some goodies for the party.
T.F. answers from Houston on February 15, 2008
I saw your post and wanted to respond. I LOVE planning kids birthday parties!! For my sons first birthday I had him a ball party. That meant any round ball I could find was at the party. There were lots of balls in all sizes and colors. Very festive! I did all the decorations in colored circles or round balls. All the kids food was shaped in circles. I ended up finding round place mats with colored circles on them that I used as runners on the tables. The centerpieces on the table I layered different kinds of round candy in big clear plastic jars(the kids did not even try to open them). I filled the cealing with balloons and at the bottom of the string I hung his initial C on a circle I made on the computer. I made a sucker tree for the kids and used round suckers then I put a sticker with his picture on them and stuck them to the tree, then I stuck gumballs all over the tree as well, to tie in the theme. All the food was labeled with round labels. I had lots of stations set up outside as well that were games to play with the balls. It was a great party and kids of all ages loved playing with the balls. The adults couldn't resist either! : )
I am so detail oriented so there are more things I could share, but this post would be too long.
My sons 2nd birthday I did a coloring theme. That turned out great too. If interested I can share some ideas.
So if you need anything email me I would love to help!
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T.R. answers from San Antonio on February 15, 2008
My daughter just turned 1 in Jan. and believe you me I was probably more excited then she was. I think I started planning for her party 2 months before and the only reason was because I wanted it to go smooth and @ the end it did. I gave her a circus theme party. I know she is a girl and most people thougth she was going to have a girly party, but really I did that because what 6 or 7 year old boy wants to go to a party with tinker bell hats they are forced to wear and pink all over the place. So I played it safe! It was really fun for the kids though because I borrowed me mothers popcorn machine, I rented a cotton candy machine and a moon bouncer with an attached slide (I had one of the older kids take her in there of course when there were only a couple of little children in there and she had a blast jumping and rolling around). Then I hired a balloon artist for 2 hours (I thought this was a good idea) he stayed inside for one hour making the harder things like the cartoon characters, frogs, butterflies and a Tinker Bell for my daughter. Then he went outside for the other hour interactings with the children making them all sorts of cute things from flower rings for the girls, hats, all sorts of animals and of course the swords for the boys. Then I also hired a clown that put on a very good clown show and magic show for the children even including the adults. I mean he was great, he had the children go up and help with the magic and he gave out prized. For the food I also did things that they sold @ the circus like hot dogs, hamburges, turkey legs, corn on the cob and frito pie. It was a hit. For her cake my mother made her a regular sheet cake (we didnt do cupcakes because I have come to find out that it just makes a big mess with the papers) and decorated it with clowns, and a big tent she made out of card board, she even put lites inside of the tent (she is very creative). The good thing about the party was that it didnt cost a lot. All the rental things came out to a little over $200 with the table and chair rentals too, the balloon artist and the clown came out to a little over $200 as well and the food came out to no more than $150 and that was because I have a really big family and there were about 50 + kids with there parents) If you have any other questions please feel free to get back to me...again this is just an idea. I hope I was helpful and good luck.
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W.P. answers from Houston on February 15, 2008
For my daughter's first birthday we had a puppet show. You could do this or have a petting zoo. Either one will allow several age groups to enjoy=including your daughter.
M.W. answers from San Antonio on February 14, 2008
I did a polk-a-dot theme for my daughter's 1st b-day. It was pretty cute. I cut out paper dots and put them on the table, had a dot cake made, dot accessories and blew up balloons to put on the floor. She'll never remember it, but I had a blast doing it! I did a circus for my son's first b-day. I'm not into characters or cartoons but babies love Elmo.
S.W. answers from Houston on February 15, 2008
I noticed that someone already recommended Gymboree Play & Music. I too had my son's 1st birthday party there and EVERYONE had a great time! Not much planning or work necessary on the parents' part. The Gymboree teacher takes care of all of the activities. You just provide the food/drinks, decorations, cake/cupcakes & party favors (if you so choose). The kids can run around and have a great time on the safe gymboree play equipment. The Missouri City location charged $195 for 20 kids for 1&1/2 hrs. Not bad!
S.R. answers from Beaumont on February 14, 2008
We're doing my daughter's first birthday next week and I wanted a theme that reflected what she was "into". SO, we are doing BOAS AND BALLOONS. We made up our own theme. I got white and pink feather boas for the kids to wear, tons of balloons, pink and white crepe paper, and a cake made out of cupcakes in the shape of the number "1". I'll let you know if it's a HIT. As a party favor for her guests I burned a CD for each of them with my daughter's favorite songs. It's been fun planning....
A.B. answers from San Antonio on February 16, 2008
My niece (4) and daughter (1) had a combination bday party and used the pink poodle Birthday Express theme. The 1-year-old didn't really know what was going on. However, my niece, mother, and sister planned everything (because the 4-year-old wanted to make most of the decisions) so all we had to do was show up with the second guest of honor!
Because it was only family, we did have a little party for friends. Well, OUR friends. (After all, any friends of a one-year-old are actually kids of the parents' friends!) One-year-old bdays seem to be a time when parents' friends can come and fawn over the cute one-year-old. They love to do it, even though the kid may be oblivious, AND, as another person said, the pictures you have from the party can become treasured keepsakes when the child is older. For a party like this, I didn't see much of a need for a theme. So, I had ladybug invitations (because I had some leftover from an out-of-state shower), I bought plates from Dollar Tree, made FunFetti cupcakes, and served our friends a spiral-cut ham so I wouldn't have to do any major cooking. We had kids of all ages, so for an activity, I took a bunch of fabric scraps I already had, and gave them the scraps with construction paper and glue and they had a great time. So, no theme, and most of what I used I had around the house. Still, a great successful party.
J.C. answers from Killeen on February 15, 2008
when my daughter was 1 (now 3) i did ice cream cone cupcakes and thay are very simple to make instead of putting the cuppcake holders in the pan u just butter that pan so the batter dont stick and put the batter right in the pan and then put the ice cream cone one top of the batter befor u bake. u will bake the ice cream cone with the cupcake i know is sounds weird but it doesnt hurt them. and u would bake them just like the mix says for normal cupcakes nothing chages about that. we did the ice cream cone cupcakes for the kids and then made a little sheat cake for the adults but the adults had more fun with the cupcakes then the kids did. but your shouldnt listen to all that nonsince about one guest for there age its complete none since and a total waste of time to worry about. but hope u have fun with ur daughter's first birthday. try the cupcakes even if not for the birthday party they are great for the summer party's and stuff. J. C.