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1st Birthday Party Ideas
A fun event for all to watch the one year old enjoy their first birthday cake. This guide contains 1st birthday party ideas.
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April 2, 2008

As with any mom, when my son turned one I wanted him to have the best party ever. After I had looked at several party themes, I finally decided on the Sesame Street Beginnings theme.

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June 14, 20060 found this helpful

I'm looking for ideas for my niece's 1st birthday party, there will be older kids and mostly adults. Themes? Games for the smaller children? I'm planning mini finger foods, appetizers, etc.

W from Pasadena, CA

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I had not given any thought to this till I read your request and had a couple of instant ideas. 1. Mark numbers on ping pong balls, corresponding to numbered prizes. Let child pick a ball out of a bucket of water, and he/she gets prize that goes with number. 2. Put prize name or number on a small piece of paper, put paper in a small balloon, blow up balloons and attach to a board or put in a group with a string on each one and hang them somewhere. Let the child poke a ballon with a pin, winning prize in that balloon.

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June 27, 20060 found this helpful
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We held my son's first b'day party at the park. At that age they love to just run around loose and play on the kiddie toys, slide with an adult and be pushed in the baby swings. All the little ones had a blast and the adults were at ease too. And the best part was no extra cleaning before or after. we just decorated the shelter and threw everything in the trash can when we were done.You could call it "a day at the park", maybe have some pets for a petting zoo type thing.

Personally I think birthday parties have gotten a little crazy over the past several years with all the money people are willing to spend on one birthday party. I told my daughter, if you start out big...where you going to be when it comes time for that special big sweet 16 party.

We don't do big parties in our family unless it is a special year, otherwise its just cake ice cream and gifts with family. So the 1st b'day, 5th, 13th, 16th, 18th, and 21st are what are the big bdays in our family.

There are a lot of things little ones can do that don't cost a lot of money. For example bubbles, what kids don't like bubbles? Bubbles could be your favors too, that they can play with while at the park, then take home with them.

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Brenda- OH

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August 27, 2004

I posted a few weeks ago about ideas for a 1st birthday party for my son and I have decided to use the little diecast cars like hot wheels and matchbox. I know that I am going to buy the cheap die cast cars. I found somewhere that I can buy 50 of them for like 5.00 which is a really good deal. I am going to put a little car on top of each cupcake, but I was wondering does anybody have any more ideas that they would like to give me using this theme? Plates, cups, etc.? If you do have any ideas please post them. Thank you very much! I love Thrifty Fun!

Erricka

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 30, 20040 found this helpful
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Putting the little cars on top of cupcakes sounds like fun, but I would want to know that no lead based paints were used. I would be wary of the paint on the very cheap, made in China, type cars. Since 1 yr olds put everything in their mouths, these might be a bad idea for them to handle. They could decorate the table, tho.

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January 28, 20050 found this helpful
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Get a big roll of freezer paper and cover the coffee table and draw a race track on it with a black marker. Give your guests packs of crayons and start coloring. When the get their cars those little boys will have a place to go with them, instead of down your walls. (Nascar fans in my family)

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March 23, 2011

I am trying to throw a 1st birthday party, but can't find a nice hall that is not so expensive. Any help?

By Alyssa

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March 24, 20110 found this helpful
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I agree, have the party at home. But, if your home isn't big enough and you live in a community with a club house inquire about renting it for the day. Typically your community clubhouse will be inexpensive and the money goes back into your community fees.

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November 18, 2004

Hello, I'm planning my daughter's 1st birthday. Her birthday just happens to be on New Year's Eve. She has two older brothers ages 3 and 2. We are planning on having something in the mid-morning to afternoon. I'm thinking of simulating New Year's at noon instead of midnight and having the children jump on bubble wrap and yell out Happy Birthday instead of Happy New Year. I was thinking they could make their own blowers and hats as something for them to do. Most of the children invited will range from ages 1-4. If you have any other suggestions I would greatly apperciate them.

Thanks for you time :)

Trish from MD

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 18, 20040 found this helpful
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I read your article and thought I could help. 1st birthdays are always special because it's the 1st so first you could invite all her/his friends family and yours and maybe have a puppet show and little fireworks(new years eve) and just have fun. I hope my advice is successful!

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November 29, 2009

I need suggestions on what and how to decorate the house for my Princess's 1st birthday.

By Hannahsmom from Eagle River, AK

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December 2, 20090 found this helpful
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I agree with suntydt they won't remember much about what's going on. My niece Jordan only cared about the little cake that was just for her and the balloons. Go to a dollar store you can get Disney princess stuff there or even just generic princess stuff. Jordan likes princess stuff too so we decorated with stuff that she and the other kids could play with and she could keep afterward as toys, like balloons, wands, a tiara, etc.

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for ideas for my son's first birthday celebration. Should I get away with my family, or find a way of celebrating here with everybody?

By Denis

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May 31, 20120 found this helpful

It is really up to you. How about having two parties if you can't decide you could have one the weekend before with everyone at a park (that's what I did with Nick's first birthday) and then go away on his birthday. It will be like a little surprise.

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February 17, 20120 found this helpful

I'd love to throw a fun, low budget, first b-day party for my son. Our guest list has been limited down to about 50-60 guests, mostly young children. Any ideas? We live in northern New Jersey.

By Gina C

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February 17, 20120 found this helpful

At your son's age, he isn't even going to know what a party is. Why bother having a party at that age, limit it to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and if any of those people have kids include them. Eliminate everybody else, that way, the kids can just play or whatever, and the adults can visit, while supervising the kids.

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January 18, 2010

My son is turning 1 soon and this is my first time organizing a birthday party. I need some ideas for how to go about doing that.

By Maata from Auckland, New Zealand

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

I would say don't over-plan the allotted time. My daughter-in-law simply let us guests enjoy a nice visit while we admired my grandson. (If I'm repeating my previous attempt at a post for this, I apologize!)

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November 29, 20090 found this helpful

I would like some tips for a birthday party for a 1 year old baby girl.

By Pam

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Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party

When my granddaughter Kelsey turned 1 year old, it was pretty much a straight forward party. Cake, ice cream, and punch. Too much more than that is overwhelming for the little ones, especially if nap time falls during the party time.

She had a couple of games, but since the ages of the kids were so varied, it got kinda crazy with the little ones becoming frustrated. Be careful in selecting games, if you even have any.

My daughter asked me to decorate Kelsey's high chair. It was quick, easy, and inexpensive, but looked absolutely darling. What I did was to buy 5 yards of white tulle', and 3' of pink floral ribbon. I did a quick running stitch at the top fold of the tulle' fabric. Then, I gathered it up, so it would fit from side to side, on the high chair tray, and tied it off.

I used a hot glue gun to attach it to the high chair tray. Once it was securely on, I glued on the pink ribbon trim. The "skirt" was longer than the height of the high chair tray to the floor. We put the chair on the kitchen table, and used a pair of regular scissors to trim the length.

It was awesome. My daughter had so many compliments on how cute and "girly" it was. It was easy to remove and store away. The hot glue just pulled right off the tray.
(03/31/2009)

By KJ

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party

First call around at any of your grocery stores and see if they still give a free cake on the child's first birthday (make sure you have the birth certificate handy in case they want to see). When my daughter was little she liked Elmo, so a lot of stuff was Elmo stuff. I made a lot of food and a friend made a smash cake for the baby. Trust me she got it all over her and she loved it. I was just looking at the pictures just this week. It was a great party and every body had a great time. (04/02/2009)

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March 30, 20090 found this helpful

I am looking for ideas for my son's 1st birthday party! I have a few but I'm just not really sure what I want to do. I wanted to see if anybody had any good ideas. I have thought about doing it in baseball theme and making cupcakes with white icing and using red M and M's to make it look like a baseball (I found it on a website, I think). And I also thought about doing it in cars and trucks like those little hot wheels cars because he really likes those. But I was thinking about making cupcakes and putting a little car on top of each one and just buy the generic brand diecast cars which I can get like 30 for $4-5 dollars here. But I'm not sure what I want to do. If you have any ideas please post them.

Thank you very much, Erricka.

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Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

They won't remember, but if you want to throw a party keep it basic. Don't knock your self out with food other than the cupcakes and some ice cream and punch. I love both your ideas for the cupcakes! Even if you don't use the red M and M's, using red icing to make the threads will work good too. If you use the cars they can be taken home as a small favor! (08/20/2004)

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

When my son turned one, I asked everyone coming to the party to bring a favorite quote/verse/saying of theirs. I had a blank book that the people could then write their quote into. Some people just elected to write their best wishes which was fine too. I try to do this at every birthday. I will give him the book when he is older, like when he gets married or goes to college. People really liked this idea and it helped me get to know my family and friends on a more personal level.

Good luck and happy birthday little one! (08/21/2004)

By Chalet

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

I knew that my son wouldn't remember his first birthday party, so I didn't bother with a child's theme. Instead I decided to help the guests remember my son's past year and to remember their own childhood. For decorations I put up pictures to form a banner (one picture from each month) of my son so everyone could see how much he had changed throughout the year. This is the only year you'll see such a huge difference form one month to the next!

I also had asked everyone ahead of time to tell me their favourite toy, book, and their childhood nickname and I made up posters where everyone had to try to match the items to the people at the party. As a gift for my son, I also made up a time capsule and made forms for everyone to fill out so that they could share any special memories, predictions, and words of wisdom with my son - he'll open it on his 20th birthday.

The food and snacks for the party were also a hit: I had asked everyone what their favourite childhood foods and treats were and then made them up for everyone. It seemed weird to be serving grilled cheese and Spaghetti Os to a group of adults, but everyone loved it! One other idea I had but didn't have enough time for was to collect some pictures of the family members when they were babies so that I could post them up and have everyone guess who was in each picture. In the end everyone kept busy with the activities and the food was easy and cheap for me to prepare and my son just loved having all his favourite people around. (11/02/2004)

By Trix

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

My son is going to turn 1 son and his theme is going to be Sesame Street 1st b-day, because he loves the characters. I'm doing the whole party red, blue, and yellow down to the plate sets. I have a clown and a person dressing up as Elmo coming. I'm also going to have a DJ for the older people. For favors I'm making coloring books with the Sesame Street characters. I'm also getting personalized bubble labels made with my son's picture on it. For the adults I'm making labels with my son's picture. I'm gluing it to old baby food jars and filling some up with candy, marbles, and colored sand. (01/14/2005)

By Jennifer

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

I did a teddy bear picnic for my son's first birthday in December. All of the guests were asked to bring their teddy bear for a contest (cutest, softest, biggest, etc.) We had checkered table clothes and picnic food. (teddywiches, poteddy salad, poteddy chips, Honeybear juice, etc.) I printed teddy bear coloring pages from my clipart disks for the kids to color and had a jar full of gummy bears for the adults to guess how many - the winner took the jar full of gummy bears home.

I decorated with red and white streamers and balloons and molded chocolate ants. We downloaded the teddybear picnic song and played it while the guests arrived. I made a cake using a Wilton molded bear cake pan. The base was a sheet cake decorated in red and white checkers. I made the small teddybear cake and placed it on top with toy food around and a line of chocolate ants (Wilton mold). I would have used plastic ants, but I was unable to find any in December.

For party favors I put a few chocolate ants in a bag with teddygrams and bubbles ( I printed out new labels on the computer that read "bearbles" and "thank you for celebrating Hunter's 1st birthday with us" and glued them over the original bubble labels.) I took a picture of everyone who brought a bear to send to them with a thank you note for their gift. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. My son had a blast! He won't remember it other than from the pictures - but turning one is a big step for both him and you. It's a big deal - celebrate it! He will only turn one once. (02/18/2005)

By Jennifer

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

My niece just had a 1st birthday party, it was mostly adults, but she had great fun! It was themed about butterflies and we did "flower garden" with balloons. It was cheap and looked gorgeous! Simply, put 4 medium size pink(or any color) balloons together and one small yellow in the middle. In the back attach a green long balloon(one of those use for making balloon animals) (08/06/2005)

By Ale

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Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

My son's first birthday is going to be Thomas the Tank Engine themed. We picked this theme because my son's name is Thomas and the cups and plates say Thomas all over. He doesn't really have any favorites to pick as his party theme so I figured whatever I liked best is good.

We are only going to do cake and ice cream. My husband is making a train cake from a Wilton mold with box cars cut from a regular sheet cake.

I printed Thomas the Tank Engine coloring pages for free online for the kids to color. I ordered individual 4 packs of crayons and wooden train whistles as goodie bag favors for the kids. For the adults, I made individual candy bar wrappers (minis) with my son's picture and the date on them.
We saved by not offering lunch or dinner. All the kids were under 3, so they didn't need a long party to sap all their energy and interfere with nap times. (01/25/2006)

By Catie

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

I am getting ready for my daughter's first birthday. It is in a Princess theme. The invitations say that there will be a royal gala and we wish for them to attend. There's more to it, but that is the main part of it. For the cake, I am using a large stainless steel bowl and baking a cake in it. When you flip it over, you ice it with pretty colors and then stick a CLEAN Barbie in the top and it looks like a dress. It is adorable, I tested it out and it is really cute. One word of advice thought, if it says bake at 350 degrees F, bake at 325 degrees F, the edges get done fast! (10/27/2006)

By Kayla

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

Well, I've always heard to go all out for your child's first birthday, and those are my intentions. My son turns 1 in a month, and I'm doing a safari theme. But besides the basics like decorations and food, I'm getting a clown to entertain, because oddly enough that really grabs his attention. He might not remember it, but I know he will enjoy it. And pictures are always the best memories anyway. (08/28/2007)

By Cali

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

My daughter Grace is turning 1 this month. I wanted something that I could give her when she was older from her 1st B-day to show how many people cared and loved her. At her 1st birthday I had cards made up saying a 1st birthday wish for her - and not to be opened until October of 2024. Our guests will write wishes in the cards and on her 18th birthday I will give her the cards that were sealed with love 17 years before! Cute right! (10/01/2007)

By Laura

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

I like the beautiful idea with the flower balloons. Love it! I know my daughter won't remember her first birthday party, but there will be photos to show her in the future how much I cared. Plus, I am sure she will have a fantastic time. She loves balloons and the function room will be covered with them.

I will have a toddlers' corner with lots of different and colorful toys. I bought a plastic pool and I will fill it with 600 small plastic and soft balls (not too expensive and you get to keep them after the party) you can have up to 4 babies sitting inside and playing with the colorful balls. I will have a clown that will paint the children's faces and he will also make balloon sculptures for the kids. For the food I got a catering company to do 3 kiosks (like street vendors) offering mini hot-dogs, mini-pizzas, mini-crepes, pop-corn and fairy-floss. There will be other types of served finger food as well.

The theme of the party is butterflies, but there will be other little creatures as well (my daughter loves ducks "qua-qua"). I bought her a very beautiful dress with some butterflies on it (very subtle) and I bought butterfly wings. I tried them on her and she seemed to be OK wearing them. Let's see how it goes on the day. I'm very excited!

For the give-away gifts I will have little bag with candies, a children's songs CD with her little face printed on the cover (more butterflies, the date, name of the CD, etc.) I made them myself (burning the CD and printing the label) and there will also be a personalized hand-tower (like the photo). (11/18/2007)

By Joice

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Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday Party?

My daughter's first birthday party is in 2 weeks. I am doing a cute 1st birthday theme with pink blocks. We are having the party at our public park which has a nice big pavilion just in case it rains. I invited all close family and friends. Which brings it almost to 30 adults and maybe 20 kids. I am not really doing any games since it is a the park and the kids will have plenty to do there.

For food we are having BBQ, hot dogs, and pasta salad. I am making ham turkey and cheese hoagies. I also always get 2 or 3 boxes of square pizza from a local bakery. The little little ones love it and it is excellent cold. Also for take home gifts I got cute beach balls since it is summer time. Do your little one's first birthday the way you want it to. It is your child and if you want to go all out, or do something small it will be special, no matter what! (05/19/2008)

By Shannon

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