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Party Planning: The First Birthday

Is there anything more fun than planning a party for one of your kids? A party is a way to get everyone together to eat, have fun, play games and enjoy delicious cake. The most important party that you will ever throw will be their first birthday. It’s the first one they will ever have, the only first one they will ever have. 

It’s an important one to manage, though it’s so important to remember that as much effort as you put into this day – from the venue to the cake – it’s more for you than it is your baby! Your baby would be happy with a balloon and a nap, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make an effort. So, with that in mind, here are the things that you need to remember to cover for your child’s first birthday party.


The first thing to think about is the theme. It can be a colour theme, character, TV show. Think about the things that make your almost one-year-old feel joyful, and then build your birthday party theme from there. 


It’s likely your own child won’t be involved in the games, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t lay on party games for the other guests at the party. Have something fun for them to do, and you can hire soft play area items for the babies to keep them engaged, too.


Balloons are a must for a first birthday party. They’re going to be fascinated by the colours and the movement, so add in some streamers and banners, and you’re going to have the perfect layout for your little one’s party.


You can choose to go with two cakes for this one! You need a cake smash photoshoot, and you need one to slice up and pass out for those in attendance at the party.

Party Food

Cake is great, but it’s not enough really! You need to plan the right food, from light snacks to finger foods. You could even offer little boxes of packed lunch food. Serve up some platters for the grown ups and make sure that you think about what they’d like to nibble on.


Plan the invitations to match the theme and make an invite list. You want to be able to get RSVPs from people so that you can cater correctly. 

A child’s birthday is the perfect event to make memories with your family and friends. Get the party planned properly in advance, and you can ensure that your own memories of surviving the first year as a parent are intact. Whether you bake your own cakes, blow up your own balloons or you want to cut out your own banners, you can make this party one your little one will love. If you want to really get invested, hire a photographer and have someone make your memories permanently available. This is one party you won’t want to forget in a hurry, so make a point of not forgetting it.

*Collaborative post