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Category: 1st Birthday Party
1st Birthday Party Ideas & Tips
You're throwing a 1st Birthday party and want everything to be just right. Well, we have some party planning ideas, helpful tips and 1st Birthday Party games and activities for a successful event. We know you want your child's first birthday party to be special, but you don't have to spend a fortune to make their first Birthday Party a success.
Throwing a 1st Birthday Party
Throwing a 1st Birthday party can seem like a daunting task; 1st Birthday Invitations, decorations, party supplies, food, cake, balloons, games and activities. And while you are juggling everything you need to take pictures so that the memories last forever.
And now you have to decide whether to still have your 1st Birthday Party. Well you can but it will be a little different. You can still decorate and have a birthday cake for the special birthday boy or girl, but you may be sharing the occasion via a video chat app like Zoom or Houseparty. You can also take video of the special event and share it via Facebook or group chat, this may be the best way as video chats can freeze up. You can still play trivia games about the birthday honoree by sending the questions to your guests prior to the party and then ask them to send back the answers prior to the event. Then go over the answers in a group or video chat and announce the winner.
Date & Invitations
The First Step is setting the date for the 1st Birthday Party and sending out the invitations. Your 1st Birthday Party invitations should go out about 3 weeks in advances. That will allow guest to RSVP for the event. If this is a busy time of year consider sending your invitations a week earlier.
Decorations and Party Supplies
Our recommendation for 1st Birthday Parties is keep the decorations and party supplies simple, remember this party is more for you and your friends and family than the baby. So consider a few decorations, paper plates, cups and balloons to be enough to stage your party. Money Saving Partyware Tip: Purchase less 1st Birthday tableware items then guests coming to the party and also get a solid color that matches your decor. Place the 1st Birthday plates on top and solid on the bottom of the pile, this way if you run out of the Birthday plates everything matches. FYI Solid color plates cost less and can be used for other events.
Again a simple menu is better, that way you should be able to get everything set up quickly and not worry about the food. Focus on getting a nice little cake that your One Year Old can destroy and have another that the guests can eat.
1st Birthday Party Games
The Birthday boy or girl will be to young to actively participate in games, however you may want to have a variety of games and activities for the other kids and adults. We have listed some of our favorite 1st Birthday Party Games and Activities.
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1st Birthday Party Supplies
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Supplies: Album, stickers, photos, markers / pens
Purchase an album or memory book that allows you to write in, add stickers and photos. Then ask guests to create a page for your birthday boy or girl. They can include stickers, a photo and marker so guests can write something personal just for baby.
This is great for young kids to as they can create a page too. Create an Album with Sticker and let guests write something for child. It is really cute what kids come up with! After the party is over add photos to make it an extra special keepsake.
Additional Party Games
While First Birthday Games are great you may need to keep other kids busy with games and activities we have posted a few games and links to other pages of are site to round out your First Birthday games and activities.
Mystery Gift Pass
Supplies: Gift, box, wrapping paper and slips of paper You pass the Gift and then the music stops and you have to unwrap a layer of wrapping paper. Do you have to answer a question? Hop on 1 foot? Or did you win a prize? This unpredictable game is fun for all ages.
Game details and instructions
Party Games for Younger Kids
Looking for simple and fun games for young kids 7 and under that you can play at your Baby's 1st Birthday party? Then these are simple silly and run around games for them.
Party games for 7 and under
Simple Activities for Young Children
Pop the Bubbles
Have someone or a bubble machine blow bubbles and have the kids run around and pop them. Have a towel for wiping off hands and consider telling parents to bring some play clothes for this event.
Coins in the Cup
Take a large jar/jug with wide opening and fill half way with water, place a small cup, shotglass or fingerbowl in the bottom of the jar/jug (in center) and fill about two inches from the top.
Each child is give the same amount of coins 5 to 10 and challenged to see how many they can sink in the cup at the bottom of the jar. You can play several times and the child getting the most in wins that round.
Beach Ball Battle
You will need 6 - 10 beach balls in two colors or styles and a line of tape to separate the room into two sides. Divide the beach balls (should have same number of each 3, 4, or 5) and place one color on one side and the other color on the opposite side.
Now tell the children they need to get their beach balls on the other side of the line. This is fun as young kids try to get the balls across the line without knowing exactly what they are doing. It will keep you and the kids entertained for a little while.