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Your child’s first birthday is a significant milestone. Think about the last 12 months and everything both you, and your child have accomplished – it’s time to throw a party for the little’un, and of course those close friends and family that have been there every step of the way!

You might be wondering where to start. Here are a few pointers about what you need to think about to make it a truly special event.

First things first, who are you going to invite? It’s important not to overwhelm your child with a huge gathering of people that are all going to want to spend some time with him/her at some point. You will know whom you want to celebrate with – that close circle that have all been a part of this whirlwind year! Personalising your invitations with maybe a photo of your child is a nice idea as it creates a little memento of this landmark event.

When it comes to planning the actual event, consider the age ranges that will be attending. It is likely that with it being a daytime event, there will be some young children that will need entertaining, as well as the parents! A few activities that will keep the children occupied is a good idea, for example, depending on the ages, a play room could be created with toys, music, colouring in and other crafty type things whereby they can be, to some extent, be left to their own devices. Live entertainment such as clowns and magicians may be good for the older kids, but consider the acts being a little scary for babies, and leaving this until later in their lives when they can really appreciate and enjoy it.

You could include some games for both adults and kids – things like pin the tail on the donkey or a small game of hide and seek that involves parent/child teams – prizes for the winners!

You might want to include a few decorations and brighten up the room for the kids; you can’t go wrong with balloons and banners.

Consider the food and nibbles you want to provide for the guests. Finger foods like sausage rolls, sandwiches and cheese and pineapple on sticks will be a hit with all ages and the buffet type atmosphere lends itself well to this kind of event. Brightly coloured cupcakes will also go down well, and really brighten up the place.

Be sure to document the event – taking pictures is a nice idea and it’s something to show your child when a bit older. It might also be a nice idea to send out personalised thank you cards to your guests with a photo of them included inside for them to keep.

Hopefully your mind will be at ease a little now with these first birthday party ideas giving you, your child, and your guests a day to remember!


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