First Birthday Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties
April 16, 2012
It’s time to plan little Susy or Sammy’s 1st birthday party! And what a celebration it will be! Because, let’s face it, the 1st birthday is a momentous occasion. Not only is it your child’s first major milestone, it’s a milestone for you too. You’ve done it! You’ve survived that first year with a newborn. You survived the sleepless nights, pacing the floor with a fussy infant, teething, ear infections, spit up, lack of sleep, all of it. You’ve braved the parenthood trenches and lived to tell the tale! Which means this first birthday party is just as much for you as it is for your child. After all, your child won’t remember it! So, strap on a festive birthday cake crown and let’s have some fun planning a first birthday bash that’s just as exciting for you and the other guests as it will be for your child.
Whether you’re inviting only your closest friends and family or planning to invite the whole neighborhood, plan on sending out invitations nice and early so your guests have plenty of time to rearrange their schedules. You’ll want everyone to come Susy or Sammy’s first birthday party and they’ll be wowed by any of our personalized 1st birthday invitations! Choose your favorite design and let us handle the printing. They’ll be shipped straight to you with all the party information preprinted on high-quality cardstock in your choice of twelve fonts and twenty-four colors. Since we’re handling all the invitations, you’ll be able to focus on the rest of the party planning.
Next on the party planning agenda is choosing your theme. Is your soon-to-be one-year-old a nut for Winnie the Pooh? Then why not choose our Pooh’s 1st Birthday paper goods and matching 1st birthday decorations? Or we have basic 1st birthday paper goods in pink or blue. This design even has a coordinating highchair mat that you can place under your child’s seat to protect your floors from the mess your little one is sure to make while enjoying their first taste of birthday cake!
Because you’ll want to let the whole world, or at least the whole neighborhood, know that your little one is turning one, order one of our colorful personalized birthday banners to hang in the front yard! Not only can you customize your birthday banner with any message you want, but because the banner is printed on high-quality vinyl, you’ll have a memento of your child’s first birthday that you can treasure for years to come!
If you’re looking for a simple way to decorate for the party, and with a one-year-old running around, let’s face it, you don’t have that much time for elaborate birthday party decorations, handmade centerpieces, or anything that will take you more than thirty minutes to put together, check out our 1st Birthday decorating kits. With cutouts, two honeycomb centerpieces, ceiling hangings, and a twelve-foot garland, these kits, which come in boy or girl colors, are the perfect option for the busy hostess. Add some extra streamers and some balloons and you’re good to go! Since everyone’s focus is going to be on the guest of honor, the decorations don’t need to be elaborate.
The guest list is sure to be a mix of adults and kids of all age ranges, so it’s best to plan activities to keep everyone amused.
- The little kids will enjoy a few rounds of a birthday cake ring toss game.
- Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a timeless favorite as well.
- Kids and adults will enjoy taking a whack at a birthday cupcake piñata!
- For the adults, create birthday bash bingo cards. Fill the squares with fun kid-related things like “someone throwing a temper tantrum,” “balloon pops,” “the first kid cries,” “thrown sippy cup,” and “someone has an accident.”
- Set up classic board games from your childhood for the adults to play. It’s up to the adults if they want to let the kids join in the fun!
Of course, the highlight of the event will be your child opening his or her presents, and then getting her first taste of birthday cake! Be sure to have your camera ready for those precious moments, and when it’s time for cake, be sure you’ve protected your floors with our 1st birthday highchair mat! It’ll make clean up a snap and protect your floors from flying icing and crumbs!
And while you’re enjoying your child’s first birthday party, it’s ok to feel nostalgic, thinking back on the past year and accepting that your little one is no longer a baby and is quickly moving into the toddler years. So cherish every moment of the party and the family and friends who have come to celebrate with you and look forward to the adventures that await you in the coming years!