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Celebrate a First Birthday with a Winter One-Derland Theme

Helpful party ideas for a child turning 1 during the Winter months

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Celebrate a First Birthday with a Winter One-Derland Theme

By Windy City Novelties |January 21, 2013

Winter birthdays tend to be at a disadvantage for children, as they can't celebrate with outside activities, pool parties, or other fun things those with summer birthdays enjoy, so if your little one is turning one this winter, why not embrace the joys of the season and go with a Winter One-Derland theme!  A non-traditional twist on the first birthday celebration, this will be a party that will stand out from other first birthday parties your guests might attend, deviating from the usual circus animals or cartoon characters that seem to dominate first birthday parties.  With endless possibilities for decor and food, this party may be as much fun to plan as it is to attend! 

Invitations for your Guests

Let your friends and family know this isn't going to be a typical first birthday party by sending out personalized Winter Wonderland invitations with all your party details.  Be sure to include that it's a birthday party since the winter theme doesn't look like a typical birthday party invitation and you wouldn't want anyone caught unaware! 

Winter Wonderland Decorations

Instead of filling the house with paper streamers, piñatas, party balloons, and decorations covered with cartoon characters, circus animals, or other child-centered themes, for a Winter One-derland Birthday Party, keep your decor winter focused.  It will give your party a more refined look that the adults will appreciate, and, since the guest of honor is too young to appreciate the decor, it's probably the only year you'll be able to get away with choosing the decorations yourself!  Bring the beauty of the wintery outdoors in with pretty snowflake swirls that you can hang from the ceiling, the stair railing, the mantel, or any other surface.  A Nordic Snow custom banner is the perfect way to let the world know that your little one is turning one and ensure everyone knows where the party is on the big day! 

Whether you're planning a buffet or sit-down meal, you'll want to outfit your tables with festive, snowflake themed paper goods.  Nordic Snow paper plates are the perfect choice for your party and the coordinating cups and napkins will finish off your place settings in style!  Create pretty centerpieces with fragrant white flowers in glass or silver vases and sprinkle some glittery snowflake confetti around the base.

Fun Winter Activities for the Guests

Plan winter-related activities for the kids, both indoors and out, to make the party fun for guests of all ages.  If it's not too blustery outside, head outdoors for a snowman building contest, breaking guests into teams and seeing who can build the most creative snowman.  You can also have the kids decorate the snow using water tinted with food coloring and loaded into squirt guns.  Just make sure no one takes aim at the other guests!  If the weather's too frightful outside, keep the guests entertained indoors by having them create their own snowflakes out of white construction paper, glitter, glue, crayons, and other craft supplies.  Kids can also build snowmen using round Styrofoam balls that they can decorate with buttons, sequins, googly  eyes, and other supplies. 

Party Favors and Goody Bags

Send the kids home with goody bags filled with winter-themed party favors that the kids will love!  Fun items like LED snowflake head boppers, snowflake LED wands, and winter wonderland temporary tattoos will be a big hit with kids of all ages.  Round out the loot with winter fresh chewing gum, funky mittens, and a bottle of bubbles.  Sure, bubbles might seem like a summertime treat, but on a cold winter's day, it's fun to head outside and see if those bubbles will freeze and shatter in the cold!


Celebrate your favorite one-year-old's first birthday with a fabulous and festive Winter One-Derland party that will thrill your guests and give everyone a pleasant surprise when they're expecting the typical first birthday party and instead find a winter themed party that appeals to guests of all ages and celebrates the beauty of the season! 

For tips, questions, help planning an event or for recipe and craft ideas, email our party experts at askanexpert@windycitynovelties.com for your personal party planner!

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