L.S. asks from Draper, UT on August 06, 2008
Party Ideas for My Daughter's First Birthday
My daughter is turning 1 next week, and we are having a small party for her on Saturday. Basically, I am making cupcakes, having icecream, but have no plans other than that. There will only be a couple kids, and they range in age from 9 months to 3. I am wondering what I can do as inexpensive favors for the adults to say thanks for coming? Does anyone have any other ideas about how to fill the time? I know its not a huge deal since she won't remember, but I just want it to be memorable.
G.W. answers from Colorado Springs on August 07, 2008
For different activities, you could have each guest draw a "portrait" of the birthday girl. They will be fun to keep and compare. We did a time capsule for my daughter's first birthday. I had each guest bring something to include. We received letters to her from my dad and sister, newspapers, magazines and more. She'll open it on her 16th birthday. Also do a search on line for 1st birthday ideas - there are tons out there. We kept things simple and just did gifts and cake other than the time capsule. We only had 1 other child there. But many of the other suggestions here would be great for the ages you have! Good luck and hope it is full of memories and laughter!
K.I. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
Honestly, at 1, whatever you do is perfect if it fits your family. I had huge over the top parties for my kids, and I have been to several small intimate parties that were just wonderful too. Cake is half the fun for the 1st birthday, and you have that covered. With such small kids organized games are unnecessary. All the kids will be happy just to play. As for favors, I would try to stay away from the throw-away junk that fills so many party bags. Instead get one really cute or practical thing for each kid, like bubble bath or a coloring book (both available at dollar stores). To stay cheap-ish, put favors in a plain brown sack with some curled ribbon to tie shut, then use a sharpie to write names. It looks cute and is easy. Over all, have fun! and take lots of pictures.
D.E. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
Whether Lyla remembers it or not, it is a wonderful milestone that needs to be celebrated. Remember, your girl went through a lot to make it to #1 and so did you Mom!!!
I had party favors for the adults the first birthday party with my first daughter. I went to Big Lots and found candle gift packs that were on sale and were very inexpensive but made a nice gift. I did a Winnie the Pooh theme and gave Pooh favors for the kids. I had a Winnie cake, cups, plates, etc.
It was a perfect day as yours will be no matter what you decide to do.
Enjoy the celebration!!!
S.B. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
Since you have older kids too...play games. sit with the younger ones in your lap, legs spread and roll the ball. Try red light green light with parents helping the one year olds. Try duck duck goose with help again and ring around the rosie.
C.R. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
You can find a lot of games on the internet for the kids to do. But mostly they will be playing and having fun with each other. I put out ballons and they had so much fun. For Favors, I would just give the little ones something (littlejourneysbabyworld.com, has little rubber ducks that are put into soap dishes. And they are squirt toys, for the bath afterwards). It's much better then candy. Hope this helps, have fun at the party.
V.B. answers from Casper on August 07, 2008
When our little girl turned 1 we did these for her & "frinds".
1) We got finger paint,2 plastic drop clothes & duct tape.
We spred out one of the plastic pieces , then we put all the paint on it towards the center. We then took the other pieceand st it on top. Then we took the duct tape and sealed the edges and taped it down to the kitchen floor. They crawled and walked all over it. They really liked the feeling of the paint under the plastic. As the move around it the paint will spread and mix.
H.M. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
www.birthdaypartyideas.com is a great resource for party ideas!
You could have your guests write down things about 2008, or a special blessing for your child's future, a little letter they can open later or you could put in an album. Keep it simple and have fun! Target has some great items in their $1 section as well, and US Toy is always fun.
J.W. answers from Denver on August 07, 2008
For my daughter's first birthday, I gave everyone a coloring book and crayon. I thought it's a favor that would accomodate both child and parent. I colored with my kids quite a bit when they were young and it was a special thing for us to do.. Just a thought.
S.M. answers from Casper on August 06, 2008
blow bubbles for the kids to pop.