Turning one might not mean that much to a baby, but it’s a huge milestone for you as a parent and it’s definitely worth celebrating. Planning a first-birthday party, however, can be tricky because you want to keep both your baby and guests happy. Here are some tips that will help to make your party a success and fun for everybody.
1. Keep the party short and simple
Planning a birthday party is hard work, and there’s no reason to make it even more difficult by throwing an elaborate, over-the-top party for a baby who can’t recognize the difference. Plus, you don’t want your baby to feel overwhelmed, so it’s best to keep the party short and simple. Consider just sending birthday party invitations to close friends and family – especially if your baby doesn’t handle large crowds well.
2. Plan the party around your baby’s nap schedule
A tired baby is usually a grumpy baby, and a party will quickly turn from fun to stressful if your one-year-old is in a bad mood. Try to prevent a melt down by planning your party around your baby’s nap schedule. Hosting the party after your child’s had a good nap will ensure a happier baby and a more enjoyable time for your guests.
3. Buy or bake a smash cake
Babies are naturally messy eaters, so use that to your advantage and allow your one-year-old to enjoy a smash cake. A smash cake is simply a little cake made for a baby’s first birthday, and it allows your baby to be messy while your guests enjoy their own dessert.
4. Consider your audience
Although you’re throwing the birthday party for your child, most of the guests will probably be adults. Keep this in mind when planning the party so that everyone can have a good time. For example, if you’re creating a music playlist, it’s okay to have a few songs that your baby really likes. Too many, however, will drive your guests nuts.
5. Take a lot of pictures
Babies grow up fast and you’ll want to document every stage so you can look back and remember those moments later in life. Make sure someone has the camera at all times during party so you don’t accidentally miss a picture-perfect moment.